Sonny Boy Williamson

Real Name:
John Lee Curtis Williamson
Profile:
(NOTE: Not to be confused with Sonny Boy Williamson (2) (Aleck "Rice" Miller), who recorded for Trumpet in 1951-1954, and for Checker/Chess from 1955. This artist also made recordings in Europe, some accompanied by blues rock groups The Animals, and The Yardbirds.)

American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter.
Born: 30 March 1914, Jackson, Tennessee, USA,
Died: 1 June 1948, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Often referred to as "the father of modern blues harp". He recorded for Bluebird and Victor 1937-1947. Already during his lifetime Sonny Boy Williamson (2) (aka Rice Miller) were performing in the South as Sonny Boy Williamson, but as far as is known John Lee Williamson never contested this appropriation of his name.
His popular songs, original or adapted, include "Good Morning, School Girl", "Sugar Mama", "Early in the Morning", and "Stop Breaking Down".
John Lee Williamson died in a street mugging on Chicago's notorious South Side.
He was buried at his birthplace, at the former site of The Blairs Chapel Church, south-west of Jackson.
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Albums

NR 18051 Sonny Boy Williamson - For Week Of Aug. 14, 1989 album art Sonny Boy Williamson For Week Of Aug. 14, 1989(LP, Transcription) Pulsebeat Productions NR 18051 US 1989 Sell This Version
RACS 0155 Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim And Sonny Boy Williamson Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim And Sonny Boy Williamson - Blues In The Mississippi Night (Album) Rykodisc RACS 0155 US 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

B-7012 Sonny Boy Williamson - Skinny Woman / Got Bottle Up And Gone album art Sonny Boy Williamson Skinny Woman / Got Bottle Up And Gone(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7012 US 1937 Sell This Version
B-7059 Sonny Boy Williamson - Good Morning, School Girl / Sugar Mama album art Sonny Boy Williamson Good Morning, School Girl / Sugar Mama(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7059 US 1937 Sell This Version
B-7665 Sonny Boy Williamson - Decoration Day Blues / Down South album art Sonny Boy Williamson Decoration Day Blues / Down South(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7665 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-7428 Sonny Boy Williamson - Up The Country Blues / Collector Man Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Up The Country Blues / Collector Man Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7428 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-7847 Sonny Boy Williamson - Lord, Oh Lord Blues / Shannon Street Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Lord, Oh Lord Blues / Shannon Street Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7847 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-7576 Sonny Boy Williamson - Miss Louisa Blues / Until My Love Come Down album art Sonny Boy Williamson Miss Louisa Blues / Until My Love Come Down(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7576 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-7352 Sonny Boy Williamson - Suzanna Blues / Black Gal Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Suzanna Blues / Black Gal Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7352 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-7707 Sonny Boy Williamson - Honey Bee Blues / Whiskey Head Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Honey Bee Blues / Whiskey Head Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7707 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-7404 Sonny Boy Williamson - Worried Me Blues / Frigidaire Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Worried Me Blues / Frigidaire Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7404 US 1938 Sell This Version
B-8307 Sonny Boy Williamson - Doggin' My Love Around / Little Low Woman Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Doggin' My Love Around / Little Low Woman Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8307 US 1939 Sell This Version
B-7995 Sonny Boy Williamson - Susie-Q / Goodbye Red album art Sonny Boy Williamson Susie-Q / Goodbye Red(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-7995 US 1939 Sell This Version
B-8474 Sonny Boy Williamson - Tell Me Baby / Honey Bee Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Tell Me Baby / Honey Bee Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8474 US 1940 Sell This Version
B-8580 Sonny Boy Williamson - I Been Dealing With The Devil / War Time Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson I Been Dealing With The Devil / War Time Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8580 US 1940 Sell This Version
B-8383 Sonny Boy Williamson - I'm Not Pleasing You / New "Jailhouse Blues" album art Sonny Boy Williamson I'm Not Pleasing You / New "Jailhouse Blues"(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8383 US 1940 Sell This Version
B-8822 Sonny Boy Williamson - You Got To Step Back / Sloppy Drunk Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson You Got To Step Back / Sloppy Drunk Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8822 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-8610 Sonny Boy Williamson - Welfare Store Blues / Train Fare Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Welfare Store Blues / Train Fare Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8610 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-8731 Sonny Boy Williamson - Western Union Man / Shotgun Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Western Union Man / Shotgun Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8731 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-8866 Sonny Boy Williamson - I'm Gonna Catch You Soon / Million Years Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson I'm Gonna Catch You Soon / Million Years Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8866 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-8766 Sonny Boy Williamson - My Baby Made A Change / Big Apple Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson My Baby Made A Change / Big Apple Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8766 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-8674 Sonny Boy Williamson - Jivin' The Blues / My Little Machine album art Sonny Boy Williamson Jivin' The Blues / My Little Machine(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8674 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-8797 Sonny Boy Williamson - Coal And Iceman Blues / Mattie Mae Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Coal And Iceman Blues / Mattie Mae Blues(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8797 US 1941 Sell This Version
B-9031 Sonny Boy Williamson - Ground-Hog Blues / Broken Heart Blues album art Sonny Boy Williamson Ground-Hog Blues / Broken Heart Blues Bluebird (3) B-9031 US 1942 Sell This Version
B-8955 Sonny Boy Williamson - Springtime Blues / Drink On Little Girl album art Sonny Boy Williamson Springtime Blues / Drink On Little Girl(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-8955 US 1942 Sell This Version