Big Walter Price

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Big Walter Price
Birth name Walter Travis Price
Also known as Thunderbird[1]
Born (1917-08-02)August 2, 1917
Near Gonzales, Texas, United States
Died March 7, 2012(2012-03-07) (aged 97)
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Texas blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Piano, vocals
Labels Peacock Records

Big Walter Price (2 August 1917 − 7 March 2012)[2][3] was an American blues singer, songwriter and pianist.

Born near Gonzales, Texas, he moved to San Antonio,[2] where he released his first song called "Calling Margie" in 1955.[4] In 1955 he moved to Houston, where he lived until his death. In the 1960s he signed with Peacock Records and released several of his singles.[5] His song "Pack Fair and Square" was covered by the J. Geils Band on the J. Geils Band album.[6]

He died in 2012 aged 94 (though he claimed 97).[2]


  1. ^ Cicely Mitchell (9 March 2012). "Legendary Houston Blues Singer "Big" Walter Price Dies". Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Eagle, Bob; LeBlanc, Eric S. (2013). Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. pp. 294–295. ISBN 978-0313344237. 
  3. ^ "BIG WALTER". Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Andrew Dansby (8 March 2012). "Local blues great 'Big Walter' dies". Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Reverend Keith A. Gordon (8 March 2012). "Houston Blues Legend Big Walter Price, R.I.P." Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Chris Gray (7 March 2012). "Houston Blues Legend Big Walter "The Thunderbird" Dies At 97". Retrieved 6 July 2012. 

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