About Blues Music: Sonny Boy Williamson

About Blues Music: (Dec. 5, 1912 – May 24, 1965).

Sonny Boy Williamson II played blues harmonica and harp, recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. He toured Europe with the American Folk Blues Festivaland recorded with English rock musicians. “Help Me” is a blues standard by Williamson. He was married to Howlin’ Wolf’s half sister, Mae. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, while in England Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator. The book also maintains that future Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant stole one of the bluesman’s harmonicas at a show. Sonny Boy took a liking to the European fans, and while there had a custom-made, two-tone suit tailored personally for him, along with a bowler hat, matching umbrella, and an attaché case for his harmonicas.

 

What is blues music about according to Sonny Boy Williamson II: Sticking to the pure classic blues sound.

 

How to gear up like Sonny Boy Williamson: Grab a harmonica and attitude.

 

Essential Blues music tracks from Sonny Boy Williamson II: “Bring it on Home,” “Don’t Start Me Talkin,’”, “Checkin up on my Baby,” “Help Me.”

 

Famous for playing with: Elmore James, the Yardbirds, the Animals, Jimmy Page

Famous covers: “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl.”

Listen to clips: “Keep it to Yourself” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtRxJDb3vlw

“Help Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtRxJDb3vlw

 

 

 

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