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Williamson, Sonny Boy, -1965


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    • us: Ford, Aleck, -1965
    • us: Ford, Alex, -1965
    • us: Miller, Aleck, -1965
    • us: Miller, Alex, -1965
    • us: Miller, Rice, -1965
    • us: Williamson, Willie, -1965
    • us: Miller, Willie, -1965
    • us: Little Boy Blue, -1965
    • us: Williams, Willie, -1965
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    • Williamson, Sonny Boy, d. 1965
  • Sources

    • found: The Original Sonny Boy Williamson. [Phonodisc] 1965.
    • found: His Sonny Boy Williamson [SR] 196-?:label (Sonny Boy Williamson) container (passport bears date Apr. 5, 1909, birthplace Tallahatchie, name is Sonny Boy Williams)
    • found: Donoghue, W.E. 'Fessor Mojo's "Don't start me to talkin'," c1997:t.p. (Sonny Boy Williamson II) p. 9, etc. (tombstone erected in 1980 reads: "Aleck Miller, better known as Willie 'Sonny Boy' Williamson, born Mar. 11, 1905, died June 23, 1965"; other possible dates of birth: 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, or shortly after 1910; date of death was May 25, 1965 according to his death certificate; best known among Blacks by his nickname, "Rice" Miller; "Willie" apparently was his brother's name)
    • found: Amerigrove(Williamson, Sonny Boy (Miller, Rice; Miller, Alex); b. Dec. 5, 1897 in Glendora, MS; d. May 25, 1965 in Helena, AR; blues singer and harmonica player)
    • found: Herzhaft, G. Ency. of the blues, 1992(Sonny Boy Williamson, ca. 1910-1965 (Alex "Rice" Miller); vocals, harmonica)
    • found: Williamson, S. His best [SR] p1997:label (Sonny Boy Williamson) insert (Sonny Boy Williamson, vocals, harmonica; Rice Miller; birthdates from Dec. 5, 1894 to Apr. 7, 1909 have been given in print; generally accepted birthplace, near Glendora, Tallahatchee Co., Miss.; most likely born Aleck or Alex Ford, apparently adopted the last name Miller after a family friend; nicknamed "Rice"; took the name Sonny Boy Williamson from John Lee Williamson of Chicago; d. May 25 or 26, 1965, Helena [Ark.])
    • found: Grove music online, September 10, 2013(Williamson "II", Sonny Boy (Miller, Rice; Miller, Alex; Miller, Alec); born December 5, 1899, Glendora, MS; died May 25, 1965, Helena, AR; American blues singer and harmonica player; called Rice by childhood friends and assumed his stepfather's name of Miller as a young man; borrowed the name of the younger, but more famous, blues singer Sonny Boy Williamson when he began to broadcast for the Interstate Grocer Company)
    • found: Oxford music online, September 10, 2013:Encyclopedia of popular music (Williamson, Sonny Boy "Rice Miller"; born Aleck/Alex Miller, December 5, 1899, Glendora, Mississippi; died May 25, 1965, Helena, Arkansas; also known as Alex Ford (after his mother's maiden name), Willie Miller, Little Boy Blue and Willie Williams; often referred to as "Sonny Boy Williamson II", having appropriated the name of John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson in the late 1930s or early 1940s)
    • found: Wikipedia, September 10, 2013(Sonny Boy Williamson II; born Alex Miller, possibly December 5, 1912, on the Sara Jones plantation in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (he claimed to have been born December 5, 1899, but census records may indicate that he was born as late as 1912; gravestone gives birth date as March 11, 1908, but is most likely incorrect); also known as Willie "Sonny Boy" Williamson, Willie Miller, "Rice" Miller, and Little Boy Blue; found dead May 25, 1965 (this date appears on death certificate), Helena, Arkansas; known professionally as Sonny Boy Williamson; American blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter
  • Editorial Notes

    • [Not to be confused with Williamson, Sonny Boy, 1914-1948]
  • Change Notes

    • 1982-09-08: new
    • 2013-09-12: revised
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