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1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee T Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker

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  • Year:
    1987
  • Inducted by:
    Seymour Stein
  • Category:
    Early Influences
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Hall of Fame Essay

1987

Michael Hill

lt was T-Bone Walker, B.B. King once said, who ‘‘really started me to want to play the blues. I can still hear T-Bone in my mind today from that first record I heard, ‘Stormy Monday.’ He was the first electric guitar player I heard on record. He made me so that I knew I just had to go out and get an I electric guitar.”

Walker was the godfather of the modern electric blues guitar. He transformed the prewar styles of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lonnie Johnson into sophisticated, swinging electric music.

1987 Inductee T Bone Walker

a man who was really raised on the Blues

Seymour Stein

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