Re: [Harp-L] Off the Wall

Little Walter recorded Off the Wall under two or three other titles before coming out with the definitive version that Chess finally decided to release. Clearly he persisted in working on the idea of it over a period of several months. If the head idea (which is sort of obvious anyway) was something borrowed, he clearly made it his own.

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From: Ryan Hartt <rhartt1234@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 9:18 PM
Subject: RE: [Harp-L] Off the Wall

Let me put my harmonica historian nerd hat for a second:
Various Sun compilations have listed the tune (Talkin) Off The Wall as Big Walter, but most inforned discographers believe it is either Sammy Lewis or Joe Hill Louis (my choice).
The head is definitely Little Walter's Off The Wall but not much after that.
You can hear a clip here:
but I can't find a date for the session or release

> Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:10:35 -0700
> To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
> From: havaball@xxxxxxx
> Subject: RE: [Harp-L] Off the Wall
> Glenn wrote:
> It's worth noting that Walter Horton also recorded "Off the Wall" in 
> the early 1950s. Now what we need to figure out is this: who was 
> imitating who? Tom Ball, come in, please.
> -----------------
> Hi Glenn,
> I'm not aware of any Horton recording of "Off The Wall," but would 
> certainly be interested in hearing it if it exists. Might you be 
> mixing it up with another instrumental? Below see a link to Walter 
> Horton's complete discography, with no "Off The Wall" in sight...
> cheers,
> TB

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