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Walter Horton
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Big Walter Horton
(born April 6, 1918 - died December 8, 1981)

Was a blues harmonica player. Also known as "Mumbles", and "Shakey" because of his head motion while playing the harmonica.

Big Walter's playing in the heavily amplified style that became one of the trademarks of the Chicago Blues. His harmonica playing is characterized by a deep, rich tone, and very precise articulation, using the full register of the harp and utilizing the higher notes of the harp with great dexterity.


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