Sonny Boy Williamson I.
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.
- Works by and about Sonny Boy Williamson I. in the catalog of the German National Library
- Sonny Boy Williamson I. at allmusic.com
|SURNAME||Williamson, Sonny Boy I.|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Williamson, John Lee I. (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American blues musician and harmonica player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 30, 1914|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Madison County, Tennessee|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 1, 1948|
|Place of death||Chicago|