Sonny Boy Williamson
Eligible since: 1984 (The 1985 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? No what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2013 (ranked #42 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .
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Sonny Boy Williamson II (Alex "Rice" Miller" 1912-1965 is mentioned in more bluesmen's biographies than any single artist. As early as 1938, he and Robert Lockwood Jr. were playing electric blues through car radios and jukeboxes -- six years before Muddy Waters owned an electric guitar. King Biscuit Time (1941-date) was a major influence with its 15 minutes at lunch as the only black radio show heard by the 10% of the U. S. black population which lived within 75 miles of the radio station. Although he did not record until 1951 he was clearly a major delta blues star since 1929 0r 1930. He was the "big fish in a small bowl" that drove many bluesmen to leave for Chicago: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, James Cotton, and more. Sonny Boy just got the jobs and promoted them on King Biscuit Time. He recorded first for Trumpet and then Chess and was one of the last delta bluesmen to move to Chicago. In 1963 he had a hit with "Help Me" (Muddy hadn't had a chart hit for eight years at the time) which was the first Chess 45 to be released on both sides of the Atlantic. His appearances on the American Folk Blues Festival in 1963 and 1964 were electric and his willingness indeed compulsiveness to jam with budding British blues artists endeared him to and inspired many of them. In fact more tributes to Sonny Boy were recorded than any other bluesman after his death: The Moody Blues, John Mayall, and many more. Returning to the U. S. he recorded some timeless but unreleased songs with a modern Buddy Guy and return to Helena Arkansas to do King Biscuit Time and die. Before he died he jammed with the Canadian group that would become The Band. Think about it. Had Sonny Boy been with The Band and opened for Bob Dylan's electric tour of Europe Dylan might not have been booed and Sonny Boy's star would have shined brightly.
One of the great bluesmen. Ought to be in.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 07.10.08 @ 12:29pm
Since Blues is now Rock LOL
Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 10.29.08 @ 22:08pm
Duh YES LOL since blues is rock LOL...
Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 09.9.09 @ 23:27pm
A real blues man "Good Morning Little School" Girl" to name only 1 of his tunes.......not Hollywoods version of da blues... LOL
Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 11.25.09 @ 21:54pm
If you want to know what the blues sound like, Sonny Boy Williamson is a fantastic beginning, Old Sonny Boy was a marvelous player and singer. Blues is like a good home cooked meal. Todays blues, if you want to call it blues ,is like all the fast food corporate gaints telling you it's "just like the real thing".,,!They sell millions like rock does. Not many blues player have or ever will sell millions . They like most jazz players are into it for the love an passion not the fame an money..So you may not hear many blues player unless you look for them.
Posted by L-7 on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 11:49am
If you want to listen to a badass blues album, get 'The Real Folk Blues'. You'll be glad you did.
Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 12:59pm
"Todays blues, if you want to call it blues ,is like all the fast food corporate gaints telling you it's 'just like the real thing'."
Posted by Elastic Man on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 02:15am
Posted by L-7 on Friday, 03.5.10 @ 05:01am
How is Sony Boy not in the Hall yet. This has to be the biggest oversight of all time. Artist like Muddy Watters and B.B King are who they are because of Sony Boy Williamson.
Posted by Brian on Saturday, 04.2.11 @ 01:07am
It's a downright shame that this man, one of the greatest bluesmen ever, is not in the Hall. Apart from the Deep Purple snub this is the greatest stinker in the history of the Hall. Eyesight to the Blind!
Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 11.15.11 @ 11:15am
Another blues giant who sadly has not yet been considered. I'd induct him as an Early Influence, considering he started playing in the 1930s and began recording in 1951 for the Trumpet Records label in 1951. Williamson also had his own radio show on KWEM in Memphis in 1948 to 1950 and had earlier played on King Biscuit Time out of KFFA in Helena, Arkansas in 1941. Listing his year of eligibility as 1959 isn't accurate.
Posted by Zach on Monday, 09.17.12 @ 17:21pm
I agee Zach..It is a true miscarriage Of justice..
Posted by Happy on Monday, 09.17.12 @ 22:06pm
The Deep Purple snub is an outrage! Let's do something about it!
Posted by Penelope on Sunday, 12.30.12 @ 21:41pm
Will the rube who voted "no" for Sonny Boy Williamson please stand up? I reckon that poor soul is either playing a joke or just wet behind the ears, musically speaking.
Posted by Zach on Friday, 11.8.13 @ 13:14pm
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