Little Walter (song)

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"Little Walter"
Single by Tony! Toni! Toné!
from the album Who?
Released July 13, 1988
Recorded 1986 (as demo)
1988 (as a song)
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 4:50
Label Wing
Writer(s) Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Timothy Riley, Raphael Saadiq, D'Wayne Wiggins
Producer(s) Foster & McElroy
Tony! Toni! Toné! singles chronology
"Little Walter"
"Born Not to Know"

"Little Walter" is the title of the debut single by Tony! Toni! Toné!. Taken as the lead single from the R&B band's debut album, Who, the hit song spent one week at number one on the U.S. R&B chart. It also peaked at forty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The melody is taken from the instrumentation on the spiritual tune "Wade in the Water."[2][3][4][5]

The narrator in the song describes a roommate by the name of Walter who makes money from an undisclosed job, and rather than pay rent, he spends his money on a lavish lifestyle. The narrator has had enough of this, and decides to confront Walter about it only for both to break into an argument that lasts "half the night". When the argument was finished "there was a knock at the door and when Walter went to open it he was blown to the floor" meaning he may have been shot dead (according to the video for the song). Walter was portrayed by comedian Sinbad in the video.


  1. ^ Washington, Jim (June 23, 2000). "Two smooth sounds, one Foxy show". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tony! Toni! Toné! - Little Walter". Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "little walter song tony! toni! toné!". Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Little Walter (4:54)". Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tony! Toni! Tone'! Greatest Hits". Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

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Preceded by
"Just Got Paid" by Johnny Kemp
Billboard's Hot Black SIngles number one single
June 11, 1988
Succeeded by
"One More Try" by George Michael