Little Walter was the landmark harmonica player with a wild reputation and a pioneering harmonica sound that was as untouchable in the 1950s as it is today. One song in particular has withstood the test of time.
Though the song has been featured in dozens of movies, it’s lyrics continue to be somewhat of a mystery. The song, like so many traditional folk songs, has a long and storied history, winding from rushed phonetic translation in New Orleans to a misheard title in Chess Records and far beyond and before.
Recently, the phrase “Good Night Irene” has been scrawled across the internet and the east coast of the United States as residents cautiously wait for the impending hurricane. The phrase has it’s roots in a blues standard.