Jimmy McCracklin, R&B Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 91
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.