Willie Walker grew up in Mississippi, and moved in Memphis in 1960. He began his career in gospel with the Redemption Harmonizers. He then crossed over into R&B, signing with Goldwax in 60s. Despite his superb vocal talents, his musical career never really took off until the 1980s. Since this time, Willie Walker has consistently received very high critical acclaim.
Willie Walker was arguably at his vocal peak, however, in the 60s and 70s. While there are only a few Willie Walker 45s from the 60s and 70s, the recent flood of rare soul compilations have dug up additional dynamite tracks from Walker associated with classic labels like Goldwax, Chess, Pawn, Hi, XL and Sounds of Memphis. It would be great to see a discography of where and under what circumstances this music was recorded. It would appear that the majority of the sides associated with Chess were actually acquired from Goldwax. The Hi and Pawn sides also have overlap.
I have put together here a 16 track compilation of all the early Willie Walker tracks that I have from various compilations. The first 10 tracks would appear to come from the 60s (Goldwax and Chess), while the last 6 tracks are from the 70s (Pawn, Hi, XL, Sounds of Memphis). I have no idea how complete this is. Any additional contributions of either information or music would be highly welcome.