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

SELECTED RECORDINGS

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)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Dansby, Andrew. “Giving Big Walter the Thunderbird his due,” Houston Chronicle, Sunday, August 9, 2009.

     http://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Giving-Big-Walter-the-Thunderbird-his-due-1735380.php. Accessed July 5, 2017.

______. “Local blues great 'Big Walter' dies,” Houston Chronicle, Thursday, March 8, 2012.

     http://www.chron.com/life/article/Local-blues-great-Big-Walter-dies-3392931.php. Accessed July 5, 2017.

______. “Jonathan Toubin’s favorite old 45s,” Houston Chronicle, vol. 116, n. 184, Saturday, April 15, 2017, p. A2.

 

de Heer, Dik. "Big Walter," www.rockabilly.nlhttp://www.rockabilly.nl/references/messages/big_walter.htm. Accessed February 28, 2018.

Fraher, James. Blues is a Feeling: Voices and Visions of African-American Blues Musicians. Mount Horeb, WI: Face to Face Books, 1998.

 

Gaines, Grady and Rod Evans. I’ve Been Out There. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2015.

 

Gart, Galen and Roy C. Ames. Duke/Peacock Records: An Illustrated History with Discography. Milford, NH: Big Nickel Publications, 1990.

 

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Gray, Chris. "Houston Blues Legend Big Walter "The Thunderbird" Dies At 97," Houston Press, March 7, 2012. 

     http://www.houstonpress.com/music/houston-blues-legend-big-walter-the-thunderbird-dies-at-97-6512611. Accessed July 5, 2017.

Greensmith, Bill, Mike Rowe, and Mark Camarigg. Blues Unlimited. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015.

 

Harris, Sheldon. Blues Who’s Who. New York: Da Capo Press, 1979.

Larkin, Colin. The Virgin Encyclopedia Of The Blues. London: Virgin Books, 1998.

 

Leadbitter, Mike and Eddie Shuler. From The Bayou – The Story of Goldband Records. Bexhill-on-Sea, England: Blues Unlimited, 1969.

 

Leadbitter, Michael (Ed.). Nothin’ But the Blues. London: Hanover Books Ltd., 1971.

 

O’Brien, Timothy J. and David Ensminger. Mojo Hand – The Life and Music of Lightnin’ Hopkins. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013.

 

Wood, Roger. "Big Walter: The Thunderbird Still Flies," Living Blues, January/February 1997, no. 131, pp. 14-23.

Wood, Roger and James Fraher. Down in Houston. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

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