T-Bone Walker

Just one of a whole long laundry-list of bluesmen who got started as boys by guiding Blind Lemon Jefferson straight to where the money was. T-Bone (his middle name was the very Louisiana-ish Thibeaux) laid out the way to play electric blues guitar. Between “Stormy Monday,” his bullet-proof slow blues, and “T-Bone Shuffle,” the very foundation of Texas dancehall blues, T-Bone never had many big hits, just a career that thrived and survived and revived through six tough decades in black showbiz. Oh, and he gave John Lee Hooker his first electric guitar. Which is a little like being the guy who handed Abe Lincoln his first ax.