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Many of Walker's best sides were smoky after-hours blues, though an occasional up-tempo entry -- "T-Bone Jumps Again," a storming instrumental from the same date, for example -- illustrated his nimble dexterity at faster speeds. Walker's 1950-54 Imperial stint was studded with more classics: "The Hustle Is On," "Cold Cold Feeling," "Blue Mood," "Vida Lee" (named for his wife), "Party Girl," and, from a 1952 New Orleans jaunt, "Railroad Station Blues," which was produced by Dave Bartholomew.
A 1964 45 for Modern and an obscure LP on Brunswick preceded a pair of Blues Way albums in 1967-68 that restored this seminal pioneer to American record shelves. A 1968 visit to Paris resulted in one of his best latter-day albums, I Want a Little Girl, for Black & Blue (and later issued stateside on Delmark).
With expatriate tenor saxophonist Hal "Cornbread" Singer and Chicago drummer S. Leary picking up Walker's jazz-tinged style brilliantly, the guitarist glided through a stellar set list.
Walker sang "T-Bone Blues"with the Hite aggregation for Varsity Records in 1940, but didn't play guitar on the outing.
It was about then, though, that his fascination with electrifying his axe bore fruit; he played L. clubs with his daring new toy after assembling his own combo, engaging in acrobatic stage moves -- splits, playing behind his back -- to further enliven his show.