On September 13, 1947, Aaron “T-Bone” Walker went to work in the recording studios of Black & White Records in Hollywood, CA. With a five-piece band behind him, the Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter recorded the song that would become his biggest hit.
“Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)” was released on a 10″, 78-rpm disc by Black & White Records in November, 1947. (The flip side was a song called “I Know Your Wig Has Gone.”)
The band playing behind T-Bone included:
- Lloyd Glenn, piano
- Arthur Edwards, bass
- Oscar Lee Bradley, drums
- John “Teddy” Bruckner, trumpet
- Hubert “Bumps” Myers, tenor saxophone
T-Bone Walker’s playing on “Call It Stormy Monday…” influenced countless aspiring electric guitarists including B.B. King.
Mr. King once said: “He was the first electric guitar player I heard on record. T-Bone Walker had a touch that nobody has been able to duplicate. He made me so that I knew I just had to go out and get an electric guitar.”
Billy Vera wrote in the liner notes to the Rhino Records 2000 CD The Very Best of T-Bone Walker: “If T-Bone had done nothing more in his career than write and record this one tune, his esteemed place in the history of American music would be guaranteed.”
“Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)” was inducted into the Blues Foundation Blues Hall of Fame in 1983, the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2007, the U.S. National Recording Preservation Board selected it to be included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Listen for yourself! You’ll be glad you did.