128. Sonny Boy Williamson(s)

There are actually two blues performers, both harmonica players, who went by the name “Sonny Boy Williamson”. John Lee Williamson was murdered in 1948 at the age of 34. His most famous song is “Good Morning Little School Girl”, which has been covered many times.

The second Sonny Boy Williamson is Alec “Rice” Miller, who adopted the name at some point and became a blues legend. All of the songs included in the collection are from his time with Chess Records in Chicago. The review books say his early work with Trumpet Records is also worth having, but I can’t find it on iTunes. I will add “Eyesight To The Blind” to the Wish List. Here’s Sonny Boy II performing “Keep It To Yourself” and “Your Funeral And My Trial”. “Keep It To Yourself” is very strong, with a great backing band, including Otis Spann, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Willie Dixon.

Terrific Website For Alex “Rice” Miller, aka “Sonny Boy Williamson II”:
Another Excellent Sonny Boy Williamson II Reference and Discography

Sonny Boy Williamson I Songs:

Sloppy Drunk Blues, Sonny Boy Williamson I ✭✭
Shake That Boogie, Sonny Boy Williamson I ✭✭
Good Morning Little School Girl, Sonny Boy Williamson I ✭✭

Sonny Boy Williamson II Songs:

Help Me, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭✭✭

One Way Out, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭✭
Bring It On Home, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭✭
Checkin’ Up On My Baby, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭✭
Don’t Start Me Talkin’, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭✭

Steady Rollin’ Man, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭
Keep It To Yourself, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭
Fattening Frogs For Snakes, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭
Your Funeral And My Trial, Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭
The Key (To Your Door), Sonny Boy Williamson II ✭✭

All My Love In Vain, Sonny Boy Williamson II

Related Songs:

Good Morning Little School Girl, Grateful Dead ✭✭✭
Good Morning Little School Girl, Jonny Lang ✭✭
Good Morning Little School Girl, Van Morrison ✭✭
Good Morning Little School Girl, The Yardbirds ✭✭

Help Me, Charlie Musselwhite ✭✭
Help Me (live), Van Morrison ✭✭
Help Me (live-unreleased), Van Morrison ✭✭

Steady Rollin’ Man, Eric Clapton ✭✭✭

Bring It On Home, Led Zeppelin ✭✭✭

One Way Out (live), The Allman Brothers Band ✭✭✭✭✭

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