Big Walter Horton

1921 - 1981

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Walter Horton (April 6, 1921 – December 8, 1981), known as Big Walter (Horton) or Walter "Shakey" Horton, was an American blues harmonica player. A quiet, unassuming, shy man, he is remembered as one of the premier harmonica players in the history of blues. Willie Dixon once called Horton "the best harmonica player I ever heard."Robert Palmer named him as "one of the three great harmonica soloists of modern blues", with the two others being cited as Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Big Walter Horton has received more than 108,883 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Big Walter Horton is the 1,497th most popular musician (down from 1,410th in 2019), the 7,476th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,756th in 2019) and the 614th most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Big Walter Horton ranks 1,497 out of 2,675Before him are Kenny Barron, George Russell, Kevin Moore, Joe South, Albert Ammons, and Alexi Laiho. After him are Richie Ramone, Matt Bellamy, Cedar Walton, Richard Sinclair, Joe Bonamassa, and Masaharu Fukuyama.

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Among people born in 1921, Big Walter Horton ranks 314Before him are Liz Smith, Julia Hartwig, Stanisław Nagy, Patricia Wrightson, Daniel Oduber Quirós, and Kathleen Antonelli. After him are Joann Lõssov, Mustafa Ben Halim, Al Pease, Alexis Smith, Jesse Helms, and Josef Holeček. Among people deceased in 1981, Big Walter Horton ranks 186Before him are Guy Butler, Harry Warren, Carleton S. Coon, William Gopallawa, Ruby Payne-Scott, and Beulah Bondi. After him are Humberto Tomasina, Karl Struss, Robert Moses, Nils Asther, Francis Hunter, and Boris Sagal.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Big Walter Horton ranks 7,476 out of 15,968Before him are Hayes Alan Jenkins (1933), Peter Pace (1945), Albert Ammons (1907), David Margulies (1937), Mort Walker (1923), and Ronnie Spector (1943). After him are Joel Chandler Harris (1848), Alfonso Ribeiro (1971), John Layfield (1966), Rogers Hornsby (1896), John Norton (1893), and Richie Ramone (1957).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Big Walter Horton ranks 614Before him are Rob Bourdon (1979), Kenny Barron (1943), George Russell (1923), Kevin Moore (1967), Joe South (1940), and Albert Ammons (1907). After him are Richie Ramone (1957), Cedar Walton (1934), Joe Bonamassa (1977), Michael McDonald (1952), Mark Isham (1951), and Julieta Venegas (1970).