T-Bone Walker

tbonewalkerThe man who brought the electric guitar to the forefront of the blues, Aaron Thibeaux Walker was born in Texas on 28 May 1910, to a music-loving mother.

Starting on banjo, aged 12, his big break came when he won an amateur talent show. The prize: a week with Cab Caloway's band. An illustrious career followed, with Walker being crowned the "father of electric blues".

Walker passed away at the Vernon Convalescent Hospital in Los Angeles on 16 March 1975 of bronchial pneumonia. He was 64.