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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Nothing But The Blues VI

On disc # 6 we stick to the The Father Of The Blues Harmonica, Sonny Boy Williamson. Sonny Boy is considered the man who made the mouth harmonica a real Blues instrument. During his career Sonny Boy recorded with people like Big Joe Williams, Sleepy John Estes, Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red.
His harmonica playing was so fast that he inspired complete generations of 'Blues Harp' player after him. As a matter of fact Alec Miller, a mouth harmonica player from the next generation, earned himself the stage name "Sonny Boy Williamson II". What better credits than people naming themselves after you.
On June 1 1948 Sonny Boy was beaten up by a person of persons unknown at the stage-entrance. He died shortly after as a result of the internal injuries. Although a motive was never officially established it is generally considered to be on racial grounds.
This disc covers about three years from Sonny's Career. Tracks 1,3,6,7,11,12 date from 1937, tracks 2,4,5,8,9,10,13,14,15 date from 1938 and tracks 16,17 and 18 are from 1939. As a matter of fact the tracks 3,7,11 and 12 are from his first recording session on May 5 1937. And on all four of those tracks it is Big Joe Williams on guitar. He also appears on the tracks 2,8,9,10,13 and 15. On tracks 16, 17 and 18 the guitar is played by Big Bill Broonzy.

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