Jimmy McCracklin | Public domain | tc117
James David Walker (Jimmy McCracklin) was born on August 13, 1921 and died on December 20, 2012 age 91, after a long illness. After serving in the Navy he started a musical career which lasted for decades. He is regarded as one of the most important musicians to have emerged from the California music scene. His first big success was “The Walk” for Checker records, which was issued around 1958. His last public performance was in 2007.