Wilmar Walker

PHILIPS 40030This is the only 45 I can find by the obscure Wilmar Walker, but it is a good one and certainly deserves its place in these pages. "Stompin' roaches" is not only a good idea but a strong uptempo black rocker, but the better of the two is the downtempo blues ballad ListenSomebody will. I love the gospel chorus in the background and Walker's very grown up baritone vocal - could this whole 45 including Walker be a gospel quartet moonlighting? Tasteful small band backing on this Chicago recording.

UPDATE ~ My great friend Greg Burgess checks in with some more info on My Walker. "He is backed by The Five Discs who were a New York Doo-Wop combo and very good from the cuts I’ve heard on You Tube. Walker co-wrote their biggest hit ‘Never Let You Go’. The basso sounds the same as the Walker 45. Although the label says Chicago methinks this is a New York recording."

As always I'm very grateful to Greg for his input.


Stompin' roaches / ListenSomebody will ~ PHILIPS 40030 (1962)


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