Big Walter Horton Similar Artists

Carey Bell - 100% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carey Bell Harrington, 14 November 1936, Macon, Mississippi, USA, d. 6 June 2007, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Bell began to play harmonica after being inspired by the records of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williams. He played with a white C&W band and with his ‘stepfather’, Lovie Lee. He moved to Chicago with Lee in the mid-50s Read more

Sugar Blue - 80% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Whiting, 16 December 1949, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a showbusiness family, Sugar Blue began playing harmonica as a child and by his mid-teens was an accomplished and assured performer. He sat in with acknowledged blues masters and held his own, leading to invites to appear on record with artists such as Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Johnny Shines, and Read more

Kim Wilson - 79% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 January 1951, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Wilson is a member of the blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Tigerman, his first solo album, predominantly comprised cover versions, performed by various combinations of ex-and current Thunderbirds, including Duke Robillard, Preston Hubbard, Fran Christina, Gene Taylor and Rusty Zinn, and also Derek O’Brien, Calvin Jones and Ge Read more

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William Clarke - 78% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 March 1951, Inglewood, California, USA, d. 2 November 1996, Torrence, California, USA. Clarke began playing harmonica at the age of 16, inspired by the records of Junior Wells and Walter Horton. He turned professional two years later, and by the late 70s had become a well-respected harmonica player and singer on the Los Angeles blues scene. He associated with Smokey Wilso Read more

Snooky Pryor - 72% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Pryor, 15 September 1921, Lambert, Mississippi, USA, d. 18 October 2006. As a child Pryor became drawn to the harmonica after watching an albino player, John Blissett, together with his friend Jimmy Rogers. When he was 13 he saw Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson number 2) play. After settling in Chicago in 1945 after US Army service, Pryor joined the Maxwell Str Read more

Lazy Lester - 70% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leslie Johnson, 20 June 1933 (or 1923), Torras, Louisiana, USA. Blues harmonica player and vocalist Lazy Lester recorded numerous singles for Excello Records in the late 50s and early 60s. Forming his first band in 1952, the musician’s first significant job was as a sideman for bluesman Lightnin’ Slim. Owing to his slow-moving, laid-back approach, Johnson received Read more

Sonny Terry - 67% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Saunders Terrell, 24 October 1911, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, d. 12 March 1986, New York City, New York, USA. By the age of 16, Sonny Terry was virtually blind following two accidents, which encouraged his concentration on music. After his father’s death, Terry worked on medicine shows, and around 1937 teamed up with Blind Boy Fuller, moving to Durham, North Carol Read more

Mark Hummel - 57% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 December 1955, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Hummel was raised in Los Angeles, California, where as a child he became interested in blues rock as practised by contemporary popular rockers such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Rolling Stones. He had begun playing harmonica and gradually stretched his musical interests backwards in time to those artists who had inspired the bl Read more

George "Harmonica" Smith - 55% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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22 April 1924, Helena, Arkansas, USA, d. 2 October 1983, Los Angeles, California, USA. A master of amplified and chromatic blues harmonica, George ‘Harmonica’ Smith made a stunning debut in 1954 with ‘Telephone Blues’/‘Blues In The Dark’, but failed to capture the audience that elevated Little Walter to stardom. This may have been because his we Read more

Billy Boy Arnold - 54% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Arnold first played blues harmonica with Bo Diddley’s group in 1950 and became a well-known figure in Chicago blues throughout the following two decades. Among those he accompanied were Johnny Shines and Otis Rush. With a serviceable singing voice and a harmonica style influenced by John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson, Ar Read more

Charlie Musselwhite - 53% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 January 1944, Mississippi, USA. Musselwhite grew up in Memphis where he was inspired to learn harmonica by hearing Sonny Terry on the radio. In 1962, he moved to Chicago, performing with Johnny Young, Big Joe Williams and J.B. Hutto. He also linked up with another white blues musician, Mike Bloomfield, before the latter went on to join Paul Butterfield’s group. Musse Read more

Jimmy Rogers - 53% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
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Cephas & Wiggins - 52% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
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Frank Frost - 46% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 April 1936, Auvergne, Arkansas, USA, d. 12 October 1999, Helena, Arkansas, USA. Frost’s skills encompassed keyboards and guitar, but like many other blues artists, he started with the harmonica. After moving to St. Louis as a teenager, he took up playing with Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williamson in the mid-50s, appearing regularly with him on the famous radio Read more

Junior Wells - 41% match to Big Walter Horton

Genres: Blues Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Amos Blakemore, 9 December 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 15 January 1998, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Having eschewed parental pressure to pursue a career in gospel music, Wells began playing harmonica on the streets of west Memphis, inspired by local heroes Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Parker. Having followed his mother to Chicago in 1946, the young musician won the respect Read more


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