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Walter Trout

Walter Trout was born on 06/03/1951 in Ocean City, New Jersey. He started his career in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Jersey Coast music scene. Trout then relocated to Los Angeles, there he would become a sideman for Percy Mayfield and Deacon Jones. In addition, he would also work in bands with John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex.
In 1981 he joined the band Canned Heat as their guitarist. He was then invited to play in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, where he join the guitarist Coco Montoya.
In 1989 he left the Bluesbreakers and formed his own band The Walter Trout Band. The band would become particularly successful in Europe, especially Scandinavia.
In 1990 he made his UK debut after Mick Schofield brought him there. In the same year, he would appear at Redcar Blues Festival and do an interview with Bob Harris. He then flew to the US for his wedding.
In 1994 the Walter Trout Fan Club was founded in the Netherlands and Belgium.
In 1996 the International Fan Club was formed.
In 1998 he released his eponymous debut album as part of his renamed band Walter Trout and the Free Radicals.
In 2002 he featured on the Bo Diddley tribute album "Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute".
In 2013 he released the album "Luther's Blues" which was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the "Rock Blues Album of the Year" category. In June that year he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He continuing touring until he was told he had to have a liver transplant within 90 days. Through donations from his fans, he received enough money for the operation to go ahead.
In 2015 he had recovered sufficiently to go on tour in Europe.
In 2016 he won two Blues Music Awards. One was for the song "Gonna Live Again" which won "Song of the Year" and the other was for the album "Battle Scars" that won "Rock Blues Album of the Year".

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