Tony! Toni! Toné!

Little Walter

Composed by D'Wayne Wiggins / Raphael Saadiq / Timothy Christian Riley

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Tony! Toni! Toné! members Dwayne Wiggins, Raphael Wiggins, and their cousin Timothy Christian were listening to the Chamber Brothers' take on "Wade in the Water" when they got the idea for "Little Walter." Raphael jokingly came up with a revision of a title singing "hey Little Walter." Producer Thomas McElroy heard the riff and began thinking how to build a song around it. The music video for the song featured Sinbad as the title character who was covertly a drug dealer. Produced by Foster & McElroy and co-written with Tony! Toni! Toné!, " Little Walter" went to number one on the R&B charts and number 87 pop in the summer of 1988. " Little Walter" began a chart run for the group that included three gold singles, four number one R&B singles, three Top Ten pop hits, one gold album -- Who -- two platinum albums -- The Revival and House of Music -- and one double-platinum album, Sons of Soul.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Who? 1988 Wing 4:50
Now, Rap's What I Call Music 1988
Various Artists
Polygram 4:44
No Image 1990 Mercury
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1988 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:42
Hits 1997 Mercury / Def Jam / Island 4:50
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Tony Toni Toné 2001 Motown / Universal 4:51
'80s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:50
Icon 2011 Mercury 4:49
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