Personalities | Big Walter Horton | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Harmonica, vocals, 1918–61)

Walter Horton was born in Horn Lake, Mississippi. He taught himself harmonica at the age of five and was working the streets shortly thereafter. He moved to Chicago in 1940 but it wasn’t until later in the decade that he began to be more active professionally. Horton replaced Junior Wells in the Muddy Waters Band in 1953 and worked with Muddy for about a year. One of Chicago’s finest harmonica players, he recorded with a variety of different musicians, but was particularly associated with Johnny Shines and Jimmy Rogers.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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