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Little Willie Anderson

Some people called Chicago harpist Little Willie Anderson “Little Walter Jr.,” therefore faithfully do Anderson’s style stick to that of the renowned harp wizard. But Anderson had been quite acquainted with the rudiments from the harmonica before he ever strike the Windy Town, having noticed Sonny Guy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, and Robert Jr. Lockwood around Western world Memphis. Anderson found Chicago in 1939, ultimately turning pro being a sideman with Johnny Youthful. Anderson offered as Walter’s valet, chauffeur, and pal through the latter’s heyday, but his slavish imitations most likely doomed any documenting opportunities for Anderson — until 1979, that’s, when Blues On Blues label employer Bob Corritore escorted him right into a Chicago studio room and emerged using what quantities to Anderson’s whole recorded legacy.

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