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Sonny Boy Williamson I

American blues musician

Sonny Boy Williamson I

American blues musician
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birthday
30th
March, 1914
Death
1st
June, 1948
Birth Place
Madison County, Tennessee, U.S.
Birth Sign
aries
Biography

John Lee Curtis “Sonny Boy” Williamson (March 30, 1914 – June 1, 1948) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He is often regarded as the pioneer of the blues harp as a solo instrument. He played on hundreds of recordings by many pre-World War II blues artists. Under his own name, he was one of the most recorded blues musicians of the 1930s and 1940s and is closely associated with Chicago producer Lester Melrose and Bluebird Records. His popular songs, original or adapted, include “Good Morning, School Girl”, “Sugar Mama”, “Early in the Morning”, and “Stop Breaking Down”.
Williamson’s harmonica style was a great influence on postwar performers. Later in his career, he was a mentor to many up-and-coming blues musicians who moved to Chicago, including Muddy Waters. In an attempt to capitalize on Williamson’s fame, Aleck “Rice” Miller began recording and performing as Sonny Boy Williamson in the early 1940s, and later, to distinguish the two, John Lee Williamson came to be known as Sonny Boy Williamson I or “the original Sonny Boy”.

instruments played
blues
Harmonica
Singing
Birth Name

John Lee Curtis Williamson

Genres

Blues

Labels

Bluebird

Years Active

1930s 1948

Name

Sonny Boy Williamson I

Nationality

United States of America

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