Little Walter - Juke
Little Walter Jacobs was arguably the blues harmonica's greatest practitioner and today's selection was his biggest hit. Released in 1952, Juke exceeded all expectations of a harmonica led instrumental. It went to the top spot on the R&B charts and stayed there for some time, becoming one of the most successful singles ever released by Chicago's mighty Chess Records. Jacobs was only 22 when he cut this sublime 12-bar blues. Juke sounds almost simple and obvious now, probably because much of the blues harmonica playing in the following 60 years was influenced by it. At the time, Juke was a revelation, much jazzier that what was going around. Up until this point, Jacobs played in Muddy Waters' band. What a tour de force their live show must have been. Of course, with a #1 single, he formed his own band and had many more hits including the magnificent My Babe.
Labels: blues, instrumental, rhythm and blues