Sonny Boy Williamson II

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Aleck Miller (known professionally as Sonny Boy Williamson, to cash in on another successful singer who is not related) was born in December 1912 and died on May 25, 1965 leaving behind a legacy of classic recordings, many of them with Chess. Wikipedia succinctly puts it: he had “considerable prowess on the harmonica and highly creative songwriting skills.” Sonny Boy was attracting attention in Chicago from 1953 as a member of Elmore James’s band. It was during his Chess years that he enjoyed his greatest success and acclaim, recording about 70 songs for Chess subsidiary Checker Records from 1955 to 1964.

A bit of a character, he did a lot of touring, especially in Europe, but when he got home to tell his friends of all the European places he had visited, nobody believed him!

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