Blind Willie Walker
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Blind Willie Walker (1896 – March 4, 1933) was an early American blues guitarist and singer, who played the Piedmont blues style. He was described by blues musicians such as Reverend Gary Davis and Pink Anderson as an outstanding guitarist, Josh White called him the best guitarist he had ever heard, even better than Blind Blake: "Blake was quick, but Walker was like Art Tatum." In his performances, he was often accompanied by guitarist Sam Brooks.
The birthplace of the blind-from-birth Walker is unknown, but he spent most of his life in and around Greenville, South Carolina. On 6 December 1930, Walker recorded for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia. This session produced his only known titles.
Blind Willie Walker died in Greenville in 1933 at age 37 of congenital syphilis, which may have been the reason for his blindness. On his death certificate he was listed as being a professional musician.
The compositions "Make Believe Stunt" and "Cincinnati Flow Rag" ("Slow Drag"), made famous by Reverend Gary Davis, were attributed to Walker, who had taught Davis how to play the guitar.
- "Dupree Blues" / "South Carolina Rag" (CO-14578-D)
Also recorded, but never issued, were the songs "Rider Blues" and "Da Da Da", as well as a second take of "South Carolina Rag".