Wednesday, November 20, 2013


“Yeah, we know these sounds. These sounds come to one man. One man from Mississippi, USA. One man known as the wizard of the harp. One man known as the menace, and his name is SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON!”

With these opening remarks, a generation of young blues fans was introduced to the delights of Sonny Boy Williamson. We came because of the Yardbirds, but after the show we left with Sonny Boy. The Yardbirds, probably to scared to death, stay respectfully in the background on this live LP from 1963. We went on to discover Sonny Boy’s Chess LPs, his Trumpet sides, various Checker 45s, and many years later, more of his early 60s European recordings. All good, most great. But this is the “sounds” that started us all off. . . .

Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds • Bye Bye Bird • 1963

Get it: Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds

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