Tribute to John Walton
John, Robert,Butler Walton, I.H.O. (International Harmonica Organization) president, died away on the 16th of May 2002*. People have in memory this atypical and talented harmonica player, also illusionist and magician, always running around the world, like a globe trotter. He left behind him the image of a warm and unifier gentleman.
He very often travelled accompagnied by his wife, Jeannette, talented pianist, and by their two sons, Channing and Lance also pianists and harmonica players.
They created the "The Harmonicaires", a quatuor, symbol of a united family, which encountered a great success at the end of the last century.
This summer, Channing pays tribute to his father by creating a website named : http://web.me.com/channingwalton/John_Robert_Butler_Walton/
recounting the exceptional career of a man who has made so much for the cause of our instrument.
* Pete Pedersen, John's great friend, passed away on the eve, the 15th of May 2002.
(Photo: Jeannette Walton)
Published September 14th 2008