b. 20 January 1936, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 17 June 1993, San Rafael, California, USA. Tucker moved to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of nine and was probably best known as one of Little Walter’s backing guitarists both on stage and on record in the 50s. He was heavily influenced by his mother who played piano and guitar, but Tucker started playing guitar himself after hearing Robert Lockwood Jnr. Lockwood became his mentor, together with his mother. He also worked with other musicians such as J.T. Brown, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williamson in the same decade. Tucker remained an in-demand backing guitarist and recorded with numerous blues artists, including James Cotton, Otis Rush and John Lee Hooker. He settled in California in 1969 and occasionally led a group under his own name. He was known for the speed of his playing and recorded in his own right for Messaround and Paris Albums. He lived in the Netherlands for some years but later returned to live in California. Tucker died in 1993 from a heart attack.
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