Sonny Thompson

Real Name:
Alphonso Thompson
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American R&B pianist, songwriter and bandleader. Married to Lula Reed.
Born on 22 August, 1916 (or 1923) in Centreville, Mississippi - Died on 11 August, 1989 in Chicago, Illinois.

Do NOT confuse with Sylvester Thompson aka Syl Johnson. Both are related to the Federal (5) label.

Began recording in 1946, in 1948 he had two #1 R&B hits on the Miracle label – "Long Gone (Parts I and II)" and "Late Freight". By the early 1950s he had moved on to King Records, where he worked in A&R and as a session musician and arranger. At King, he had further R&B Top 10 successes with the singer Lula Reed, who became his wife in 1954. He has numerous songwriting and production credits, and a large number of songs he played on behind, but his early blues and jazz instrumentals and the influence they had on rock’s early course which remained his most lasting legacy.
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Albums

568 Moody Blues (Play Only After Midnight) — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Moody Blues (Play Only After Midnight) (Album) King Records (3) 568 US 1958 Sell This Version
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655 Mellow Blues For The Late Hours — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Mellow Blues For The Late Hours(LP) King Records (3) 655 US 1959 Sell This Version
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777 Boy, Girl, Boy — Sonny Thompson Freddy King* / Lula Reed / Sonny Thompson Freddy King* / Lula Reed / Sonny Thompson - Boy, Girl, Boy (Album) King Records (3) 777 US 1962 Sell This Version
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33.564 The Blues Again — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson The Blues Again(LP, Album) Black And Blue 33.564 France 1984 Sell This Version
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CDSOL-46049 Swings In Paris — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Swings In Paris (Album) Black And Blue CDSOL-46049 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

2503 Vi, Tell Me Why / Sonny's Boogie — Sonny Thompson "Red" Saunders Band* / "Sonny" Thompson* "Red" Saunders Band* / "Sonny" Thompson* - Vi, Tell Me Why / Sonny's Boogie(Shellac, 10") A Sultan Recording 2503 US 1946 Sell This Version
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2502 South Side Boogie / Onyx Jump — Sonny Thompson "Sonny" Thompson* / Eddie Wiggins Sextette "Sonny" Thompson* / Eddie Wiggins Sextette - South Side Boogie / Onyx Jump(Shellac, 10") A Sultan Recording 2502 US 1946 Sell This Version
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M-126 Long Gone — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson With The Sharps And Flats* Sonny Thompson With The Sharps And Flats* - Long Gone (Single) Miracle (2) M-126 US 1948 Sell This Version
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M-108 Screamin' Boogie / Sonny's Blues — Sonny Thompson Dick Davis And Orchestra* Featuring Sonny Thompson Dick Davis And Orchestra* Featuring Sonny Thompson - Screamin' Boogie / Sonny's Blues(Shellac, 10") Miracle (2) M-108 US 1948 Sell This Version
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M-124 Moon Is On My Side / Tears Follow My Dreams — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson With Sharps And Flats / Browley Guy Sonny Thompson With Sharps And Flats / Browley Guy - Moon Is On My Side / Tears Follow My Dreams(Shellac, 10") Miracle (2) M-124 US 1948 Sell This Version
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M-109 Memphis Train / Benson Jump — Sonny Thompson Dick Davis And Orchestra* Featuring Sonny Thompson Dick Davis And Orchestra* Featuring Sonny Thompson - Memphis Train / Benson Jump(Shellac, 10") Miracle (2) M-109 US 1948 Sell This Version
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M-127 Just Boogie / In The Rain — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson And Sharps And Flats / Gladys Palmer With Sonny Thompson And Sharps And Flats Sonny Thompson And Sharps And Flats / Gladys Palmer With Sonny Thompson And Sharps And Flats - Just Boogie / In The Rain(Shellac, 10") Miracle (2) M-127 US 1948 Sell This Version
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M-139 Still Gone — Sonny Thompson Sonny "Long Gone" Thompson* Still Gone(Shellac, 10") Miracle (2) M-139 US 1949 Sell This Version
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M-131 Blue Dreams / Blues On Rhumba — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Blue Dreams / Blues On Rhumba(Shellac, 10") Miracle (2) M-131 US 1949 Sell This Version
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4345 I'm Coming Back Home To Stay / Sugar Cane — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson I'm Coming Back Home To Stay / Sugar Cane King Records (3) 4345 US 1950 Sell This Version
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4399 Harlem Rug Cutter / Blues For The Nightowls  — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Harlem Rug Cutter / Blues For The Nightowls King Records (3) 4399 US 1950 Sell This Version
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4364 After Sundown / Frog Legs — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson After Sundown / Frog Legs King Records (3) 4364 US 1950 Sell This Version
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4384 Nightfall / Palmetto — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Nightfall / Palmetto(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 4384 US 1950 Sell This Version
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45-4470 Blue Piano / Sunshine Blues — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Blue Piano / Sunshine Blues King Records (3) 45-4470 US 1951 Sell This Version
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4488 Mellow Blues — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Mellow Blues (Single) King Records (3) 4488 US 1951 Sell This Version
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4431 Smoke Stack Blues / Uncle Sam Blues — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Smoke Stack Blues / Uncle Sam Blues King Records (3) 4431 US 1951 Sell This Version
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4446 Jumping With The Rhumba / Gone Again Blues — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Jumping With The Rhumba / Gone Again Blues(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 4446 US 1951 Sell This Version
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4554 Real, Real Fine — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Real, Real Fine (Single) King Records (3) 4554 US 1952 Sell This Version
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45-4527 I'll Drown In My Tears / Clang, Clang, Clang — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson I'll Drown In My Tears / Clang, Clang, Clang King Records (3) 45-4527 US 1952 Sell This Version
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4541 Let's Call It A Day / Blues Mambo — Sonny Thompson Sonny Thompson Let's Call It A Day / Blues Mambo(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 4541 US 1952 Sell This Version