Robert Walker (musician)

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Robert Walker
Birth nameRobert Walker Jr.
Also known as
  • Bilbo
  • Little Junior Bilbo
Born(1937-02-19)February 19, 1937
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedNovember 29, 2017(2017-11-29) (aged 80)
California, U.S.
Years active1970s–2017
LabelsRooster Blues

Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr. (February 19, 1937 – November 29, 2017) was an American blues musician who is known in the blues music world due to his "rock 'n' roll showmanship" and "flamboyant Chuck Berry imitations."[1]


Walker was born near Clarksdale, Mississippi. Walker Sr. was often referred to by his nickname, "Bilbo", which was passed on to Walker Jr., who was sometimes called "Little Junior Bilbo".[2] Walker began to explore music after being introduced to Ike Turner.[3]

After spending 17 years in Chicago, Illinois with his friend David Porter, Walker moved to the area around Bakersfield, California and started a farm growing such commodities as watermelon and cotton.[2] During this time, he continued to perform at local bars in the California area, as well as in Chicago and Clarksdale when on visits.[citation needed]

In 1997, Walker released his first album, Promised Land, and followed it with two more records, 1998's Rompin' & Stompin' and 2001's Rock the Night.[citation needed] He appeared in the 2015 documentary film I Am the Blues.[4]

Walker died of cancer in California at the age of 80.[3] Walker is survived by a daughter and two grandsons.[citation needed]



  1. ^ The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings by Tony Russell and Chris Smith, et al. pg. 676.
  2. ^ a b Richard J. Skelly. "Robert Walker Biography". Retrieved 2006-12-09.
  3. ^ a b Kerzner, Barry (November 29, 2017). "Blues Legend Robert Bilbo Walker Dead at 80 - American Blues Scene". Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Here Are 6 Must-See Music Films at Hot Docs". Exclaim!, April 19, 2016.

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