This is another of those “look what I found on the Internet” postings. The other day I was searching for information on Clarence White and found this cool blog called The Music’s Over…but the Songs Live On. What a labor of love. The blogger writes about musical artists who passed away on that day in history, and he’s putting together a great archive of American music in the process. He’s also covering just about every musical genre imaginable. So you’ll find your bluegrass guys right up there with the punk rockers.
On this date – March 16th – in 1975 the great blues guitarist T-Bone Walker passed away. As noted in The Music’s Over:
Electric Blues starts with T-Bone Walker. No T-Bone Walker? Then possibly no B.B. King, Pee Wee Crayton, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown or Stevie Ray Vaughan. From his recording debut in 1929, to his passing from an earlier stroke in 1979, T-Bone Walker dazzled his audiences with a guitar style that was, well electrifying. And when he decided to actually “plug in” in the early 40s, the music world never looked back. Many more recordings and tours followed which likely led to the musical birth of a whole new generation of such young guitarists that included Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards.
Here’s a great video that captures Walker’s style.
More to come…