Little Hatch and the Houserockers

b. Provine Hatch Jnr., 25 October 1921, Sledge, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 January 2003, El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Though some ten years older than Little Walter, Hatch was one of many harmonica players…
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b. Provine Hatch Jnr., 25 October 1921, Sledge, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 January 2003, El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Though some ten years older than Little Walter, Hatch was one of many harmonica players to be tagged 'Little Walter Jnr'. The seventh of nine sons who all played harmonica, he was seven when he owned his first harp. The family moved to Helena, Arkansas, in the mid-30s, where Hatch first encountered Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Shines, Robert Lockwood and Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williamson. After serving in the Navy during the war, on his return he moved to Kansas City, where he remained. While running his own business and then working for the Hallmark Company by day, he played in KC clubs such as Cotton-Eyed Joe’s and Nightingales’. In 1962 he played with guitarist George Jackson before forming his own band, the Houserockers.

His first album, as the Little Hatchet Band, was recorded live by a German student during June and July 1970 with a band that included Troy Banks, Bill Wells and Lewis Patties. At the end of the decade, he retired from music for nearly ten years before resuming in 1987. Well, All Right! was also recorded live, at the Grand Emporium in Kansas City, with guitarist Bill Dye, Joe Whitfeld on bass and drummer C. Jaisson H. Taylor. All the material was claimed to be original, but songs by Albert King and Little Walter were little more than barely disguised. An excellent new album was issued in 2003 shortly after his death.