Frank Walker is the John Hammond of country music. Working for Columbia in the early '20s, he was responsible for bringing blues belter Bessie Smith to the label. In addition, he also signed the Skillet Lickers, writing and producing their famous "Corn Licker Still in Georgia" routine. Walker also helped arrange recording sessions for Charlie Poole and Vernon Dalhart, and his recordings of Cajun musician Louis Falcon are among the first recorded works of that style of music. Later Walker moved on to MCA where he landed his biggest fish of all, bringing Hank Williams Jr. to the label before retiring from the industry altogether.
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