19 February 1937
Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi, United States
29 November 2017 (aged 80)
Born - February 19, 1937
Birthplace - Outside of Clarksdale, MS
Died - November 29, 2017
Robert 'Bilbo' Walker Jr. (February 19, 1937 – November 29, 2017) was an American blues musician who is known in the blues music world due to his "rock 'n' roll showmanship" and "flamboyant Chuck Berry imitations."
Walker was a bluesman, a rocker, a country singer, he'd even throw in a bluegrass number just to see what happened. He dressed like Liberace, played guitar like Chuck Berry and his flamboyant style made him notorious.
He spent his time paying his dues. He played the clubs in Chicago, the jooks in Mississippi, and road houses up and down the "Blues Highway". Then he took his music to California and started all over again. He loved California so much that he finally moved there. He never forgets his roots though and every few months he packed up his retinue of friends, family, and musicians and made the 2000 mile trip from California back to Mississippi.
You always knew when Walker arrived in town because it wass guaranteed to be a traffic stopping entrance. Whether it wass an old grayhound bus he'd revamped into a Walker mobile or a truck he'd temporarily painted up to show who's on board it was guaranteed to be attention getting and as flamboyant as the man who drove her.
His stage performances were full of energy, he danced, pranced, and reved up the audience. Whenever he came to town the jooks were going to be hopping.
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