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Down and Out Blues, indeed. On his 1959 debut, a collection of previously released singles, Sonny Boy Williamson bleeds desperation—but not without a sense of humour. With his banshee-wailing harmonica in hand, the ace storyteller spins wild tales that laugh in the face of hardship. “Don’t Start Me to Talkin’” is one of his most audacious, but “Your Funeral and My Trial” is right up there. An all-star cast of bluesmen, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon among them, back up the great Williamson.


Born: December 05, 1899 in Glendora, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Sonny Boy Williamson was, in many ways, the ultimate blues legend. By the time of his death in 1965, he had been around long enough to have played with Robert Johnson at the start of his career and Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Robbie Robertson at the end of it. In between, he drank a lot of whiskey, hoboed around the country, had a successful radio show for 15 years, toured Europe to great acclaim and simply wrote, played and sang some of the greatest blues ever etched into black phonograph records....
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