- Robert Walker (musician)
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Name = Robert Walker
Born = Birth date and age|1937|2|19|mf=y
Alias = BilboLittle Junior Bilbo
Years_active = 1970s - present
Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr. (b.
February 19, 1937) is a blues musician. Besides being the one of three guitarists for the southern rockband Stillwater and releasing three studio albums of his own, Walker also produced albums for Marvin Gayeand Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. He is known in the blues music world due to his "rock 'n' roll showmanship" and "flamboyant Chuck Berryimitations." [" The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings" by Tony Russell and Chris Smith, et al. pg. 676.]
Walker was born near
Clarksdale, Mississippi. Walker Sr. was often referred to by his nickname, Bilbo, which was then passed onto to Walker Jr., who was also sometimes called Little Junior Bilbo.cite web|url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:y8fe4j171wav~T1|title=Robert Walker Biography|author=Richard J. Skelly|accessdate=2006-12-09] Walker began to explore music after his sister's boyfriend introduced him to Ike Turner. After spending 17 years in Chicago, Illinoiswith his friend David Porter, Walker moved to the area around Bakersfield, Californiaand started a farmgrowing such commodities as watermelonand cotton. During this time, he continued to perform at local bars in the California area, as well as in Chicago and Clarksdale when on visits. He currently still resides in California.
Throughout the years, Walker worked in the studio with several different musicians. He first started out as an
engineerin the late 1950s, specifically on Dave McKenna's album. Walker wouldn't return to a studio until the early 1990s, when he helped produce three compilation albums for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and one for Marvin Gaye. Finally, in 1997, Walker released his first album, "Promised Land", and followed it with two more records, 1998's " Rompin' & Stompin'" and 2001's "Rock the Night".
* [http://www.deltaboogie.com/deltamusicians/walkerr/ Robert Walker at Delta Boogie]
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