Jimmy  McCracklin was born James David Walker on August 23, 1921. An American pianist, vocalist, and songwriter, passed away in San Pablo, California on December 20, 2012.  His style, a combination of West Coast blues, Jump blues, and R&B  enabled a musical career that spanned seven decades.
After more than 10 years of McCracklin selling records in the black community on a series of small labels, an appearance on the popular Dick Clark’s American Bandstand put “The Walk” in 1957. McCracklin said he had written almost a thousand songs and had recorded hundreds of them.  McCracklin has well over 30 albums to his credit.


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