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Little Walter

1930

Harmonica virtuoso Walter Jacobs (a.k.a. “Little Walter”) is born in rural Louisiana.

1950

Little Walter’s second session with Muddy Waters yields “Louisiana Blues,” a song that would become a Top Ten R&B hit.

1951

Little Water plays harmonica on Muddy Waters’ “Long Distance Call,” which will hit #8 on the R&B chart.

1951

Little Walter plays amplified harmonica for the first time on a Muddy Waters session that yields “She Moves Me” and three others.

1952

Little Walter records “Juke,” his first solo single for Chess Records, which will top the R&B, Juke Box and Best Seller charts for eight weeks later this year. Its success inspires him to leave Muddy Waters’ band for a solo career.

1952

Little Walter’s “Sad Hours” begins its climb to #2 on the R&B and Juke Box charts.

1954

Muddy Waters cuts “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” at Chicago’s Universal Recorders with Little Walter on harmonica. Written by Willie Dixon, the song will become Waters’ biggest hit, reaching #3 on the R&B and Juke Box charts.

1955

“My Babe,” by Little Walter, enters the R&B chart, which it will top for five weeks. It will also top the Juke Box and Best Seller charts.

1958

Little Walter’s last Top Ten hit, his recording of Big Bill Broonzy’s “Key to the Highway,” enters the R&B chart, where it will reach #7.

1959

Little Walter enters the R&B chart for the 15th and final time with “Everything Gonna Be Alright,” which reaches #25.

1967

Little Walter tours the U.K. and Europe as part of the American Folk Blues Festival tour.

1968

Little Walter dies in Chicago from injuries suffered in a street fight.

1997

His Best

2008

Little Walter is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 23rd annual induction dinner. Ben Harper is his presenter.