Big Walter "The Thunderbird" Price

Vocals, Piano

Date of Birth:  August 2, 1914    Gonzales, TX

Date of Death:  March 7, 2012    Houston, TX

Place of Burial:  Houston Memorial Garden

                         2426 Cullen Boulevard

                         Pearland, TX 77581

Has Marker:  Yes, provided by Texas Blues Project

Grave Location:  Section J, Plot 21, Space 34


Calling Margie / Junior Jumped In, TNT Records (TNT 8005)

Shirley Jean / Gamblin' Woman, Peacock Records (1661)

Pack Fair And Square / Hello Maria, Peacock Records (5-1666)

Just Looking For A Home / You're The Only One I Need, Peacock Records (1669)

It's How You Treat Me / Feelin' A Little Worried, Myrl (406)

Watusie Freeze (Part 1) / Watusie Freeze (Part 2), Myrl (409)

San Antonio / Crazy Dream, Goldband Records (G-1080)

Oh Ramona / You're Never Too Old, Goldband Records (G-1098)

Love Me One More Time / Diane It's About Time, Jetstream Records (742)

What Fool Is That Knocking / Walkin' Down Life's Hiway, Saba Records (SS-9217)

Louis Jones And His Rock 'N Roll Band - Rock 'N Roll Bells / Big Walter And His Rock Thunderbirds - Pack Fair And Square,

     Vogue Productions (V. 45-372)

Big Walter The Thunderbird Recorded Live At The Agora Club, Lunar #2 Recordings (L@M-20017)

Git to Gittin': The Crazy Cajun Recordings, Edsel Records (DIAB 8018)

Houston Ghetto Blues, Flyright Records (LP 527)

From La To L.A., JSP Records (1066)

G.L. Crockett Meets Big Walter Price, Official (OF-CD-5679)

Guitar In My Hands: An Anthology Of Texas Blues Guitarists, Moonshine (BLP 104)

Texas Southside Kings, Dialtone Records (DT0016)


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