T Bone WalkerOn 28/05/1910: T-Bone Walker was born in Linden, Texas. His full birth name was Aaron Thibeaux Walker. He was of African-American and Cherokee descent. Both of his parents were musicians and his stepfather Marco Washington, taught him to play the guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, mandolin, and piano.
Blind Lemon Jefferson was a family friend. By age 10 Aaron left school and by 15 he was a performer on the blues circuit acting as Jefferson's protégé.
In 1929 he recorded "Wichita Falls Blues"/"Trinity River Blues" with Columbia Records, billing himself as Oak Cliff T-Bone (Oak Cliff was where he was living and T-Bone based on his middle name).
In 1935 he married Vida Lee.
By 25 he was in Los Angeles, working in the clubs on Central Avenue.
He recorded "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)", "Bobby Sox Blues" and "West Side Baby" for Black & White Records between 1946 and 1948.
From 1950 to 1954 he recorded with Imperial Records. His next record "T-Bone Blues" would be recorded over 5 years and was released by Atlantic Records in 1960.
By the early sixties his career had slowed. "I Want a Little Girl" released in 1968 was a highlight. From 1968 to 1975 he recorded for Jitney Jane Songs publishing company.
In 1971 he won a Grammy for "Good Feelin′".
In 1973 he released "Fly Walker Airlines".
He suffered a stroke in 1974, passing away the next year of bronchial pneumonia.
In 1980 he was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.