Miss Billie Walker, who played for many years in the Cricket Lounge at the Cincinnatian Hotel, Downtown, will be remembered as much for her gracious demeanor as for the elegant and inventive playing that impressed listeners who were lucky enough to hear her.
One of the true legends of our city, Miss Walker (Van Winkle), who was a classically-trained musician, anchored the Billie Walker Trio, which had a combined 150 years of performing experience. Her partners are just as legendary: The incomparable drummer Philip Paul and bassist Ed Conley.
Miss Walker, of Oakley, died on Monday, September 23 at age 92. She is survived by daughters Joellen (August) Grady and Kathleen (Lumis) Gallon, five grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.