Sonny Boy Williamson I.

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John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson I. (born March  30, 1914 in Madison County, southwest of Jackson , Tennessee , † June 1, 1948 in Chicago ) was an American blues musician and harmonica player .

Williamson established the harmonica as a melody instrument in the blues and is considered the "father of the modern blues harp ". His style has influenced many blues musicians, including Billy Boy Arnold , Sonny Terry and Muddy Waters . In the 1940s he was so popular that the blues musician Aleck "Rice" Miller called himself Sonny Boy Williamson II .

His best-known songs are Shake the Boogie (# 4 on the R&B charts in 1947 ) and Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl .

Williamson was killed in a robbery on June 1, 1948 . In 1990 his record company donated a tombstone to commemorate him.

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