Big Walter Horton was one of the greatest harmonica stylists of all time, and a true master of Chicago blues. He possessed an unbelievable sound that stood out above all other players, that incorporated a chilling vibrato, combined with swooping phrases and a bell-like tonality. Though a fine singer, his role on many recordings was that of an accompanist. Many of the recordings that included his harmonica are true classics, such as Jimmy Rogers’ Walkin’ By Myself, Muddy Waters’ She’s All Right, Johnny Shines’ Evening Sun, and Tommy Brown’s Southern Woman. Growing up in Chicago, Bob was blessed to know Big Walter Horton and to see hundreds of his performances. Please enjoy this collection of rare photos of a true champion of blues harmonica.
Big Walter Horton Performing at Free Trade Hall in Manchester for the 3rd American Folk Blues Festival – 1964 (Photo by Brian Smith)
Chicago Blues All-Stars
Johnny Shines, Clifton James, Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton (Photo by Hans Harzheim)
Johnny Young & Big Walter Horton Arhoolie Publicity Photo
Big Walter Horton by His South Side Chicago Apartment – January, 1970
This Photo Appeard on the LP Sleeve of Big Walter Horton’s King of Blues Harmonica Record on Delta Records Label (Photo by Lasse Lindedal, Courtesy of Jefferson / Scandinavian Blues Association – Thanks to Volvo Slim for Some of This Photo Information)
Big Walter Playing Guitar (Photo by Erik Linhahl, Courtesy of Jefferson Magazine)
Big Walter Horton, Willie Dixon, Clifton James, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Shines
German Blues Promoter Horst Lippmann & Big Walter Horton by Walter’s South Side Chicago Apartment – 1960s
Floyd Jones, Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim (Photo by Raeburn Flerlage)
Big Walter Horton, Floyd Jones, Sunnyland Slim, Big Joe Williams (Photo by Raeburn Flerlage)
Big Walter Horton on the Cover of the Swedish Blues Magazine Jefferson (Photo by Lasse Lindedal)
Big Walter Horton, Honeyboy Edwards, Sunnyland Slim, Floyd Jones, Kansas City Red
Acme Studios in Chicago, Illinois for the Session That Produced the
Old Friends Album on the Earwig Music Label – 1979 (Photo by Alfred Petter)
A Young Big Walter Horton
Big Walter Horton & Lynwood Slim on a Visit to See Pat Hare at the Minnesota State Prison (Photo by Pat Hare, Courtesy of Lynwood Slim)
Big Walter Horton Obituary (Courtesy of Illinois Slim)
Big Walter Horton Publicity Photo – 1950s
Big Walter Horton and Little Pat Rushing.
Photo courtesy of Claudia Beatriz.