John lee sonny boy williamson was one of the most popular blues harmonica players and singers from the late 1930s through the 1940s recording for the bluebird records and rca victor labels sonny boy shaped chicagos music scene with an innovative style that gave structure and speed to blues harmonica performance. John lee curtis sonny boy williamson march 30 1914 june 1 1948 was an american blues harmonica player singer and songwriter he is often regarded as the pioneer of the blues harp as a solo instrument. Williamson was born in 1914 and nicknamed sonny boy by his grandmother in his native tennessee when he was 11 his mother gave him a harmonica sparking endless hours of practice until he could . Mitsutoshi inaba offers the first full length biography of this key figure in the evolution of the chicago blues interviews with sonny boys family members and his last harmonica student provide new read more. John lee sonny boy williamson the blues harmonica of chicagos bronzeville by mitsutoshi inaba will be published by rowman littlefield in september the biography looks at the life of the
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