T-Bone Walker

The Blues

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T-Bone Walker's fluid guitar lines helped define the role of the electric guitar in the modern recording era, and it's as a guitar player that the blues community generally remembers him. But his smooth yet smoky vocals were every bit as classy as his guitar playing, as this 26-track set of sides Walker recorded for various labels in the 1940s and '50s clearly shows. Highlights here include the fine "Mean Old World," the immortal "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" from 1947, as well as "Love Is Just a Gamble,” among others. Standing at the junction of blues, jazz, and R&B, Walker brought a little something to all of these genres, and with "Stormy Monday," gave the world a classic.

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