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A1 	Honey Bee Blues 	
A2 	Whiskey Headed Blues 	
A3 	Lord, Oh Lord Blues 	
A4 	Shannon Street Blues 	
A5 	You've Been Foolin' Round Downtown 	
A6 	Deep Down In The Ground 	
A7 	Number Five Blues 	
A8 	Christmas Morning Blues 	
B1 	Susie Q 	
B2 	Bluebird Blues Part 2 	
B3 	Little Girl Blues 	
B4 	Low Down Ways 	
B5 	Goodbye Red 	
B6 	The Right Kind Of Life 	
B7 	Insurance Man Blues 	
B8 	Rainy Day Blues

Tracks A1 – A6:
Sonny Boy Williamson – harmonica, vocals
Walter Davis – piano
Joe Williams - guitar 
Yank Rachell – mandolin

Tracks A7, A8, B1 – B8:
Sonny Boy Williamson – harmonica, vocals
Speckled  Red – piano
Willie Hatcher - mandolin
Robert Lee McCoy – guitar

Recorded: Aurora, Illinois 1938

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:27:20 +0000
Sonny Boy Williamson I & Big Joe Williams – Throw a Boogie Woogie (1989) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/6460-sonny-boy-williamson-i-a-big-joe-williams-throw-a-boogie-woogie.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/6460-sonny-boy-williamson-i-a-big-joe-williams-throw-a-boogie-woogie.html Sonny Boy Williamson I & Big Joe Williams – Throw a Boogie Woogie (1989)

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1. Good Morning Little Scoolgirl
2. Sugar Mama Blues
3. Got The Bottle Up And Gone
4. Early In The Morning
5. Black Gal Blues
6. Moonshine
7. Whiskey Headed Blues
8. You Give An Account
9. Rootin' Ground Hog
10. Brother James
11. Peach Orchard Mama
12. Crawlin' King Snake
13. Highway 49
14. Please Don't Go
15. North Wind Blues
16. Throw A Boogie Woogie
Sonny Boy Williams I (John Lee) - harmonica, vocals Big Joe Williams - guitar, vocals Recorded between 1937 – 1938

 

Eight indispensable Bluebird sides dating from 1937-38 -- right at the very beginning of his reign as king of blues harpists -- that display precisely why Williamson was such a revered innovator (and continues to be even now). Highlights include his classic "Good Morning School Girl" and "Sugar Mama Blues." He shares the disc with itinerant rambler Big Joe Williams, whose eight 1937-41 selections include six featuring Sonny Boy playing harp behind the nine-string guitarist. ---Bill Dahl, Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:04:11 +0000
Sonny Boy Williamson – Good Morning Little School Girl (2007) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2379-sonyboy1goodmorning.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2379-sonyboy1goodmorning.html Sonny Boy Williamson – Good Morning Little School Girl (2007)


1. Bring Another Half Pint 
2. You Give an Account 
3. I Been Dealing with the Devil 
4. Blue Bird Blues 
5. New Early in the Morning 
6. Mellow Chick Swing 
7. I'm Tired Trucking My Blues Away 
8. Little 'Low Woman 
9. Sugar Mama Blues 
10. Shotgun Blues 
11. You Been Foolin' Around Town 
12. Sugar Gal 
13. Decoration Blues 
14. Stop Breakin Down 
15. My Little Machine 
16. Apple Tree Swing 
17. You're an Old Lady 
18. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 
19. Whiskey Head Blues 
20. Good Gravy 
21. Suzanna Blues 
22. Goodbye Red 
23. Got the Bottle Up and Gone 
24. Tell Me Baby

 

Easily the most important harmonica player of the prewar era, John Lee Williamson almost single-handedly made the humble mouth organ a worthy lead instrument for blues bands -- leading the way for the amazing innovations of Little Walter and a platoon of others to follow. If not for his tragic murder in 1948 while on his way home from a Chicago gin mill, Williamson would doubtless have been right there alongside them, exploring new and exciting directions.

It can safely be noted that Williamson made the most of his limited time on the planet. Already a harp virtuoso in his teens, the first Sonny Boy (Rice Miller would adopt the same moniker down in the Delta) learned from Hammie Nixon and Noah Lewis and rambled with Sleepy John Estes and Yank Rachell before settling in Chicago in 1934.

Williamson's extreme versatility and consistent ingenuity won him a Bluebird recording contract in 1937. Under the direction of the ubiquitous Lester Melrose, Sonny Boy Williamson recorded prolifically for Victor both as a leader and behind others in the vast Melrose stable (including Robert Lee McCoy and Big Joe Williams, who in turn played on some of Williamson's sides).

Williamson commenced his sensational recording career with a resounding bang. His first vocal offering on Bluebird was the seminal "Good Morning School Girl," covered countless times across the decades. That same auspicious date also produced "Sugar Mama Blues" and "Blue Bird Blues," both of them every bit as classic in their own right.

The next year brought more gems, including "Decoration Blues" and "Whiskey Headed Woman Blues." The output of 1939 included "T.B. Blues" and "Tell Me Baby," while Williamson cut "My Little Machine" and "Jivin' the Blues" in 1940. Jimmy Rogers apparently took note of Williamson's "Sloppy Drunk Blues," cut with pianist Blind John Davis and bassist Ransom Knowling in 1941; Rogers adapted the tune in storming fashion for Chess in 1954. The mother lode of 1941 also included "Ground Hog Blues" and "My Black Name," while the popular "Stop Breaking Down" (1945) found the harpist backed by guitarist Tampa Red and pianist Big Maceo. Sonny Boy cut more than 120 sides in all for RCA from 1937 to 1947, many of them turning up in the postwar repertoires of various Chicago blues giants. His call-and-response style of alternating vocal passages with pungent harmonica blasts was a development of mammoth proportions that would be adopted across the board by virtually every blues harpist to follow in his wake.

But Sonny Boy Williamson wouldn't live to reap any appreciable rewards from his inventions. He died at the age of 34, while at the zenith of his popularity (his romping "Shake That Boogie" was a national R&B hit in 1947 on Victor), from a violent bludgeoning about the head that occurred during a strong-arm robbery on the South Side. "Better Cut That Out," another storming rocker later appropriated by Junior Wells, became a posthumous hit for Williamson in late 1948. It was the very last song he had committed to posterity. Wells was only one young harpist to display his enduring allegiance; a teenaged Billy Boy Arnold had recently summoned up the nerve to knock on his idol's door to ask for lessons. The accommodating Sonny Boy Williamson was only too happy to oblige, a kindness Arnold has never forgotten (nor does he fail to pay tribute to his eternal main man every chance he gets). Such is the lasting legacy of the blues' first great harmonicist. ---Bill Dahl, Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:44:23 +0000
Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.5 (1991) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2378-sonyboyvol5.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2378-sonyboyvol5.html Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.5 (1991)


01 - Early in the morning
02 - The big boat
03 - Stop breaking down
04 - You're an old lady
05 - Sonny Boy's cold chills
06 - Mean old highway
07 - Hoodoo hoodoo
08 - Shake the boogie
09 - Mellow chick swing
10 - Polly put your kettle on
11 - Lacey Belle
12 - Apple tree swing
13 - Wonderful time
14 - Sugar gal
15 - Willow tree gal
16 - Alcohol blues
17 - Little girl
18 - Blues about my baby
19 - No friend blues
20 - I love you for myself
21 - Bring another half a pint
22 - Southern dream
23 - Rub a dub
24 - Better cut that out

 

A comprehensive collection of the great blues pioneer's final work, recorded between 1945 and 1947. (This is the Sonny Boy Williamson who was murdered in 1948, not the one who toured with the Yardbirds in England in 1963).

Most of the tracks here include electric guitar (check out Willie Lacey's Charlie Christian licks on "Sugar Gal" and "Alcohol Blues") and drums. The overall sound is eerily prescient of Chicago blues (the great Willie Dixon is present on bass on several of the songs), the jump blues style of Louis Jordan ("Apple Tree Swing"), and rock & roll. ---Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:42:50 +0000
Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.4 (1991) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2377-sonyboy1vol4.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2377-sonyboy1vol4.html Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.4 (1991)


01 - Drink on, little girl
02 - Mattie Mae blues
03 - I'm gonna catch you soon
04 - Million years blues
05 - Shady grove blues
06 - Sloppy drunk blues
07 - She was a dreamer
08 - You got to step back
09 - Ground hog blues
10 - Black panther blues
11 - Broken heart blues
12 - She don't love me that way
13 - My Name Black Name
14 - I have got to go
15 - Love me, baby
16 - What's gettin' wrong with you?
17 - Blues that made me drunk
18 - Come on baby and take a walk
19 - Miss Stella Brown blues
20 - Desperado woman blues
21 - Win the war blues
22 - Check up on my baby blues
23 - G. M. & O. blues
24 - We got to win
25 - Sonny Boy's jump
26 - Elevator woman

Personnel:
Sonny Boy Williamson I - Composer, Harmonica, Harmonica (Amplified), Vocals
Eddie Boyd - Piano
Big Bill Broonzy - Guitar
Bill Sid Cox - Guitar
Blind John Davis - Piano
Armand Jump Jackson - Drums
Ransom Knowling - Sax (Baritone), Standup Bass
Charlie McCoy - Guitar
Ted Summitt - Guitar
Washboard Sam – Washboard

 

A comprehensive collection of the pioneer bluesman's work during the World War II years, with the exception of the period of the infamous Musician's Union ban on recording. Some of the topical songs--"Win the War Blues" and "We Got to Win"--comment directly on then current events, but there also songs adapted from other blues singers.

"Ground Hog," for example, is a variant of Tony Hollins' "Crawlin' King Snake," while "She Don't Love Me That Way" cribs from Sleepy John Estes. The overall sound, however, splits the difference between the earlier country blues of Sonny Boy Williamson's Bluebird Records period and the proto-Chicago blues to come.---Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:41:25 +0000
Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.3 (1991) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2376-sonnyboy1vol3.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2376-sonnyboy1vol3.html Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.3 (1991)


01 - T. B. blues
02 - Something going on wrong
03 - Good gal blues
04 - Joe Louis and John Henry blues
05 - Thinking my blues away
06 - I'm not pleasing you
07 - New jail house blues
08 - Life time blues
09 - Miss Ida Lee
10 - Tell me, baby
11 - Honey bee blues
12 - I been dealing with the devil
13 - War time blues
14 - Train fare blues
15 - Decoration day blues no. 2
16 - New early in the morning
17 - Welfare store blues
18 - My little machine
19 - Jivin' the blues
20 - Western Union man
21 - Big Apple blues
22 - Springtime blues
23 - My baby made a change
24 - Shotgun blues
25 - Coal and iceman blues

Personnel:
Sonny Boy Williamson I - Composer, Harmonica, Vocals
Joshua Altheimer  - Piano
Big Bill Broonzy  - Guitar
Blind John Davis - Piano
Walter Davis - Piano
Fred Williams - 	Drums

 

The third volume in Document's impressive five-part series of Sonny Boy Williamson collections includes a raft of great sides recorded between July 1939 and April 1941. Beginning with Williamson's classic "T.B. Blues," Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1939-1941) cycles through two dozen great performances, including "Tell Me, Baby," "My Little Machine," and "Jivin' the Blues," with accompaniment from a trio of strong sidemen: Big Bill Broonzy, Walter Davis, and Blind John Davis. Casual listeners may not find this as immediately interesting as a career-spanning compilation like Sugar Mama, but there's plenty of interest for nearly any level of fan. ---Thom Owems, Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:39:41 +0000
Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.2 (1991) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2375-sonyboy1vol2.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2375-sonyboy1vol2.html Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.2 (1991)


01 - My baby I've been your slave
02 - Whiskey headed blues
03 - Lord, oh lord blues
04 - You give an account
05 - Shannon Street blues
06 - You've been foolin' round town
07 - Deep down in the ground
08 - Number five blues
09 - Christmas morning blues
10 - Susie-Q
11 - Blue bird blues - part 2
12 - Little girl blues
13 - Low down ways
14 - Goodbye Red
15 - The right kind of life
16 - Insurance man blues
17 - Rainy day blues
18 - Bad luck blues
19 - My little baby
20 - Doggin' my love around
21 - Little low woman blues
22 - Good for nothing blues
23 - Sugar mama blues no. 2
24 - Good gravy

Personnel:
Sonny Boy Williamson I - Composer, Harmonica, Vocals
Big Bill Broonzy  - Guitar
Walter Davis - Piano
Will Hatcher - Mandolin
Robert Lee McCoy - Guitar
Yank Rachell - Mandolin, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Speckled Red - Piano
Joe "Jackson Joe" Williams - Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

 

Document's Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1938-1939) picks up where the first volume left off, reissuing 24 tracks from the 13-month period of June 1938 to July 1939. Unfortunately, there weren't as many classic performances during this era, leaving this the odd one out from the many volumes in this set. Serious blues fans will still find much of interest here, including versions of "Susie-Q" and "You've Been Foolin' Round Town," plus a second stab at his classic "Sugar Mama Blues." ---Thom Owens, Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:38:21 +0000
Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.1 (1991) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2374-sonyboy1vol1.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2374-sonyboy1vol1.html Sonny Boy Williamson I – Complete Recorded Works Vol.1 (1991)


01 - Good morning, school girl
02 - Blue bird blues
03 - Jackson blues
04 - Got the bottle up and gone
05 - Sugar mama blues
06 - Skinny woman
07 - Up the country blues
08 - Worried me blues
09 - Black gal blues
10 - Collector man blues
11 - Frigidaire blues
12 - Suzanna blues
13 - Early in the morning
14 - Project highway
15 - My little cornelius
16 - Decoration blues
17 - You can lead me
18 - Moonshine
19 - Miss Louisa blues
20 - Sunny land
21 - I'm tired trucking my blues away
22 - Down south
23 - Beauty parlor
24 - Until my love come down
25 - Honey bee blues

Personnel:
Sonny Boy Williamson I - Composer, Harmonica, Vocals
Walter Davis - Piano
Elijah Jones - Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Robert Lee McCoy - Guitar, Vocals
Yank Rachell - Guitar, Mandolin, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Henry Townsend - Guitar
Big Joe Williams - Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Joe "Jackson Joe" Williams – Guitar

 

A comprehensive collection of the highly influential blues pioneer's 25 earliest works, recorded in 1937 and 1938. (Note: This is the Sonny Boy Williamson who was murdered in 1948, not the one who toured England with the Yardbirds in 1963).

Several of these songs, of course, have become blues standards, particularly "Good Morning School Girl," which has been covered countless times (the Yardbirds, Ten Years After, and others), and there's a surprising variety here; "Got the Bottle Up and Gone," for example, has an obvious jug band feel to it that's thoroughly at odds with the haunted sound of "Decoration Blues," or the proto-swamp "Up the Country Blues" (a song that clearly influenced Slim Harpo). ---Rovi

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:30:15 +0000
Blues Collection Vol.3 – Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2373-sonnyboy1vol3.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/920-sonyboywiliamson1/2373-sonnyboy1vol3.html Blues Collection Vol.3 – Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee)


1. Win the War Blues
2. Desperado Woman
3. Sonny Boys Jump
4. G.M. & O. Blues
5. Early In the Morning
6. Stop Breaking Down
7. Shake the Boogie
8. Mean Old Highway
9. Sonny Boys Cold Chills
10. Apple Tree Swing
11. Lacey Belle
12. Sugar Gal
13. Willow Tree Gal
14. Wonderful Time
15. Better Cut That Out
16. Blues About My Baby
17. Southern Dream
18. Rub a Dub
19. I’m a Highway Man
20. P-Vine Blues

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee) Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:28:38 +0000