T-Bone Walker in Dallas - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 249:

The blues? Man, I didn't start playing the blues ever. That was in me before I was born and I've been playing and living the blues ever since. That's the way you've gotta play them. You've got to live the blues, and with us that's natural--it's born in us to live the blues.

I think that the first thing I can remember was my mother singing the blues as she would sit along in the evenings in our place in Dallas, Texas, where I was born. I can't remember the words to those blues, but she could sing you blues right now like you never heard before. I used to listen to her singing there …   more >>

cite as

Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 249. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435414103305 accessed: 26 September, 2021

location of experience: Dallas

Listeners

T-Bone Walker
blues guitarist, blues singer
1910-1975

Listening to

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blues singing performed by anonyomous

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:08:23 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:56:21 +0100