Robert Walker (musician)

Robert Walker (musician)

Infobox Musical artist


Img_size = 150 | | Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist | Instrument = Guitar
Name = Robert Walker
Born = Birth date and age|1937|2|19|mf=y
Died =
Alias = Bilbo
Little Junior Bilbo
Genre = Blues rock
Associated_acts =
Label = Rooster Blues
Notable_instruments =
Years_active = 1970s - present
URL =

Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr. (b. February 19, 1937) is a blues musician. Besides being the one of three guitarists for the southern rock band Stillwater and releasing three studio albums of his own, Walker also produced albums for Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. He is known in the blues music world due to his "rock 'n' roll showmanship" and "flamboyant Chuck Berry imitations." ["The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings" by Tony Russell and Chris Smith, et al. pg. 676.]

History

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, Illinois with his friend David Porter, Walker moved to the area around Bakersfield, California and started a farm growing such commodities as watermelon and 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 engineer in 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".

Discography

*1997 "Promised Land" - Rooster Blues
*1998 "Rompin' & Stompin'" - Fedora
*2001 "Rock the Night" - Rooster Blues

References

External links

* [http://www.deltaboogie.com/deltamusicians/walkerr/ Robert Walker at Delta Boogie]
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