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Sonny Boy Williamson II

American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter

Sonny Boy Williamson II

American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter
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birthday
5th
December, 1912
Death
24th
May, 1965
Birth Place
Tutwiler, Mississippi, US
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Alex or Aleck Miller (originally Ford, possibly December 5, 1912 – May 24, 1965), known later in his career as Sonny Boy Williamson, was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He was an early and influential blues harp stylist who recorded successfully in the 1950s and 1960s. Miller used various names, including Rice Miller and Little Boy Blue, before calling himself Sonny Boy Williamson, which was also the name of a popular Chicago blues singer and harmonica player. To distinguish the two, Miller has been referred to as Sonny Boy Williamson II.
He first recorded with Elmore James on “Dust My Broom”. Some of his popular songs include “Don’t Start Me Talkin'”, “Help Me”, “Checkin’ Up on My Baby”, and “Bring It On Home”. He toured Europe with the American Folk Blues Festival and recorded with English rock musicians, including the Yardbirds, the Animals. “Help Me” became a blues standard, and many blues and rock artists have recorded his songs.

instruments played
blues
Harmonica
Vocals
Also Known As

"Rice" Miller Little Boy Blue Little Willie "Sonny Boy" Williamson

Birth Name

Alex or Aleck Ford (later known as Aleck Miller)

Genres

Blues

Labels

Trumpet Checker

Years Active

Mid-1930s 1965

Name

Sonny Boy Williamson II

Nationality

United States of America

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