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Robert Walker
Background information
Also known as Bilbo
Little Junior Bilbo
Born February 19, 1937 (1937-02-19) (age 72)
Genres Blues rock
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970s - present
Labels Rooster Blues

Robert "Bilbo" Walker Jr. (born 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."[1]

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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.[2] 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.[2] 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.

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References

  1. ^ The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings by Tony Russell and Chris Smith, et al. pg. 676.
  2. ^ a b Richard J. Skelly. "Robert Walker Biography". http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:y8fe4j171wav~T1. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  

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