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Miller used various names, including Rice Miller and Little Boy Bluebefore calling himself Sonny Boy Williamson, which was also the name of a popular Chicago blues singer and harmonica player.
Miller's date of birth is disputed. A counter claim is made [ who? He lived and worked with his sharecropper stepfather, Jim Miller, whose last name he soon adopted, and mother, Millie Ford, until the early s. He was also associated with Robert Johnson during this period. Miller developed his style and raffish stage persona during these years. Willie Dixon recalled seeing Lockwood and Miller playing for tips in Greenville, Mississippiin the s.
He entertained audiences with novelties such as inserting one end of the harmonica into his mouth and playing Rollin - Kingdom (14) - Lost In The City no hands.
At this time he was often known as "Rice" Miller—a childhood nickname stemming from his love of Various - Τραγούδια Μεγάλων Συνθετών and milk  —or as "Little Boy Blue".
The program's sponsor, Max Moore, began billing Miller as Sonny Boy Williamson, apparently in an attempt to capitalize on the fame of the well-known Chicago-based harmonica player and singer Sonny Boy Williamson birth name John Lee Curtis Williamson, died Although John Lee Williamson was a major blues star who had already released dozens of successful and widely influential records under the name "Sonny Boy Williamson" from Non E Finita - Pape Satan - E Ora Di Finirla Tour - Last Concert, Miller would later claim to have been the first to use She Brought Life Back To The Dead - Sonny Boy Williamson - King Biscuit Time name.
Some blues scholars believe that Miller's assertion he was born in was a ruse to convince audiences he was old enough to have used the name before John Lee Williamson, who was born in Williamson married Howlin' Wolf's half-sister Mae and he showed Wolf how to play harmonica. It was three years since the death of John Lee Williamson, which for the first time allowed some legitimacy to Miller's carefully worded claim to being "the one and only Sonny Boy Williamson".
When Trumpet went bankrupt inWilliamson's recording contract was yielded to its creditors, who sold it to Chess Records in Chicago.
He had begun developing a following in Chicago beginning inwhen he appeared there as a member of Elmore James's band. During his Chess years he enjoyed his greatest success and acclaim, recording about 70 songs for the Chess subsidiary Checker Records from She Brought Life Back To The Dead - Sonny Boy Williamson - King Biscuit Time His first LP record was a compilation of previously released singles. Titled Down and Out BluesChecker released the collection in It was later included in Robert Christgau 's "basic record library" of s and s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies In the early s he toured Europe several times during the height of the British blues craze, backed on a number of occasions by the Authentics see American Folk Blues Festivalrecording with the Yardbirds for the album Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds and the Animalsand appearing on several television broadcasts throughout Europe.
Around this time he was quoted as saying of the backing bands who accompanied him, "those British boys want to play the blues real bad, and they do".
Led Zeppelin biographer Stephen Davis writes in Hammer of the Godswhile in England Williamson 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 one of these shows.
Robert Palmer wrote in his blues history "Deep Blues", that during this tour Williamson allegedly stabbed a man during a street fight and left the country abruptly. Upon his return to the U. Peck left the radio station to locate Williamson, and discovered his body in bed at the rooming house where he had been staying, dead of an apparent heart attack suffered in his sleep the night before.
Trumpet Records owner McMurry provided the headstone with an incorrect date of death. The recordings made by John Lee Williamson between and his death in and those made between and by "Rice" Miller were all originally issued under the name Sonny Boy Williamson. It is believed that Miller adopted the name to suggest to audiences and to his first record label that he was the "original" Sonny Boy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. This article is about the blues musician who lived from c. Trumpet Checker. Retrieved July 11, Retrieved December 12, Mississippi Blues Trail. Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Encyclopedia of the Blues.
Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press. July Perfect Sound Forever. In the census researched at my request by Memphis-based blues expert David Evans, Alex appeared as seven years old. Retrieved March 22, — via robertchristgau. The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, Retrieved September 6, July 1, Sonny Boy Williamson II. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.
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