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Horton, Walterlocked

(06 April 1918–08 December 1981)
  • Bill McCulloch
  •  and Barry Lee Pearson


Horton, Walter (06 April 1918–08 December 1981), blues harmonica player and vocalist, known variously as “Big Walter,” “Shakey,” “Mumbles,” and “Tangle-eye,” was born in Horn Lake, Mississippi, just south of Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Albert Horton, Sr., and Emma McNaire. When he was five his father bought him a harmonica, or mouth harp, and he began teaching himself to play. Guitarist Johnny Shines first encountered Horton around 1930 and recalled that he was a serious musician, constantly working on new techniques, even as a preteen. After Horton’s father got a job as a handyman with the city of Memphis, his family moved there, giving Horton ample opportunity to further his musical education....

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