9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We’re listening to the pride of Marksville, Louisiana, the great Little Walter this morning.

Marion “Little Walter” Jacobs found his way to to New Orleans at the age of 12, and began busking on the streets of the French Quarter. He experienced a meteoric rise to fame after moving to Chicago but that flame burned out, and he was dead at age 37.

He is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois where thousands of blues fans have pilgrimaged to his gravesite.

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