Sonnyboy Williamson I

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Birthday
30, 1914
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Jun 1, 1948 (34)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
30, 1914
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Jun 1, 1948 (34)

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Known as the Father of Modern Blues Harp, Williamson was a blues harmonica player who popularized the instrument but was tragically murdered before gaining fame.

Before Fame

He was a harp prodigy in his teen years, learned the blues, and then settled in Chicago, where he got a recording contract in 1937.

Trivia

His numerous recordings in the late 1930s and early 1940s became part of many blues musicians' repertoires, and his track "Shake That Boogie" became a national R&B hit.

Family Life

He was born John Lee Williamson in Jackson, Tennessee.

Associated With

Carey Bell was another Chicago blues harmonica player, influenced by Williamson's songs.

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