Happy Birthday to Sonny Boy Williamson
Posted on: Monday, Dec 5, 2005
Today would have been the birthday of one of the greatest blues harmonica players ever, so a Happy Birthday to Rice Miller a.k.a. Sonny Boy Williamson II.
Born 05 Dec – the actual year is a debatable item so I wonder just how acccurate the date can really be. Died 25 May 1965.
My favourite SBW story, allegedly when he came back from his first UK tour with the Yardbirds he was quoted as saying something like “Those English guys want to play the blues so badly —– and they do”.
He did come to the Northwest, certainly Manchester and Liverpool in the 60s. His fee for the Liverpool gig….. one bottle of Bourbon. So they say.
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