In 1947, T-Bone Walker recorded the blues standard Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad). The song would become his signature song, and it later became known simply as Stormy Monday. The song is about a broken-hearted man who longs for his love to return day after day. T-Bone Walker was one of the early pioneers of the electric guitar, and this west coast style blues song is considered one of the most influential songs in guitar history. B.B. King has said that this song inspired him to play the guitar, and the song is included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Stormy Monday was popularized in 1961 by Bobby "Blue" Bland, who released the song under the title Stormy Monday Blues. As a result of the improper title, the song's royalties were not paid to T-Bone Walker, but rather to Earl Hines - who had recorded a different song titled Stormy Monday Blues. By 1942, Walker has gained the attention of Capitol Records with his extraordinary showmanship, such was playing the guitar behind his neck or while he was doing the splits. He was one of the first artists signed by the label. According to Walker, Call It Stormy Monday was originally recorded in 1940, or in 1942, but the release was delayed due material shortages brought on by the US entering into World War II on December 7, 1941.
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