Born 6th April 1917 – Horn Lake Mississippi
Died 8th December 1981 – Chicago
Walter Horton was a great harmonica player – backing on many fine tracks by artists such as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers. No less a figure than Willie Dixon was reputed to have hailed Big Walter as the best harmonica player he had ever heard. He also went by the name of Shakey Walter and appeared in the UK in 1964 on the American Folk Blues tour. I must have seen him as I saw the tour at the Manchester Free Trade Hall but for me it was Buddy Guy who stole the show. Thanks Roger Eagle for telling me to go and see one of the finest guitar players ever.