Jimmy McCracklin, 91, blues singer; penned ‘The Walk’


NEW YORK — Jimmy McCracklin, a blues singer and pianist who by his count composed nearly a thousand songs and recorded hundreds, including the 1950s hit ‘‘The Walk,’’ died Thursday in San Pablo, Calif.

The music of Mr. McCracklin, 91, spanned decades and eras of rhythm and blues, from up-tempo jump blues of the 1940s to 1960s and ’70s soul. Though his music eventually reached a national audience, he was most identified with the West Coast blues scene — his obituary appeared on the front page of The San Francisco Chronicle on Friday.

His best-known record is probably ‘‘The Walk,’’ a dance number he recorded with his band, the Blues Blasters. It reached number seven on the Billboard pop chart in 1958.

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