Best of Little Walter

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Best of Little Walter
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Greatest hits album by
RecordedMay 12, 1952 – January 25, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois[1][2]
GenreChicago blues
LabelChecker LP 1428[3]
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon
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Best of Little Walter is the first LP record by American blues performer Little Walter. First released in 1958, the compilation album contains ten Little Walter songs that appeared in the Top 10 of the Billboard R&B chart from 1952 to 1955,[4] plus two B-sides. The album was first released by Checker Records as LP-1428, which was the first LP record released by Checker, and then released on Chess Records with the same catalog number.[3]

The album has been reissued numerous times, although it has been largely superseded by the twenty-song collection Little Walter His Best: Chess 50th Anniversary Collection.

Artwork and packaging[edit]

The album cover features a black-and-white photo portrait shot by Grammy award winning photographer Don Bronstein of Little Walter holding/playing a Hohner 64 Chromatic harmonica and liner notes by Studs Terkel, who had written Giants of Jazz. The original LP featured a black label.


In 1991, The Best of Little Walter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in the "Classics of Blues Recordings – Album" category.[3] The album is also ranked #198 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Walter Jacobs (Little Walter), except where noted.

Side one
1."My Babe" (Willie Dixon)2:44
2."Sad Hours"3:15
3."You're So Fine"3:07
4."Last Night"2:46
5."Blues with a Feeling" (Rabon Tarrant, re-written by Jacobs)3:10
6."Can't Hold Out Much Longer"3:03
Side two
1."Juke" (T-Bone Walker, re-written by Jacobs)2:47
2."Mean Old World"2:57
3."Off the Wall"2:52
4."You Better Watch Yourself"3:04
5."Blue Light"3:14
6."Tell Me Mamma"2:47


The following people contributed to the Best of Little Walter:[1][2]

Singles chart[edit]

The songs "Juke" and "My Babe" peaked at #1 on Billboard magazine's R&B Singles chart. "Sad Hours", "You're So Fine", and "Blues with a Feeling" made it to #2 on the same chart. "Last Night" and "Mean Old World" peaked at #6, "Off the Wall" and "You Better Watch Yourself" reached #8, and "Tell Me Mama" made it to #10.[4]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1958 Checker/Chess Records LP 1428
United States 1967 Checker Records LP 3004
United States 1988 MCA Records/Chess Records LP CH-9192
Cassette CHC-9192
CD CHD-9192


  1. ^ a b George R. White; Robert L. Campbell; Tom Kelly. "The Chess Label Part I (1950–1952)". Robert Campbell. Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b George R. White; Robert L. Campbell; Tom Kelly. "The Chess Label Part II (1953–1955)". Robert Campbell. Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Past Hall of Fame Inductees Archived 2012-07-17 at the Wayback Machine. Blues Foundation. Go under 1991 Hall of Fame Inductees and click on The Best of Little Walter--Little Walter (Checker, 1958) to view the album review.
  4. ^ a b Whiburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942-1988. Record Research. p. 613. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.
  5. ^ "#198 The Best of Little Walter". Rolling Stone. 2003. Retrieved September 20, 2010.