Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues

Sonny_Boy_Williamson_VW_001

Today is the birthday of Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912-1965), not to be confused with the original Sonny Boy Williamson. Nor is this one the son of the original Sonny Boy Williamson. This is just another guy named Sonny Boy Williamson. His real name was Alex “Rice” Miller; he began using Sonny Boy’s name in the 1940s, even going so far as to claim that it was he who had used the name first, although the original was actually NAMED Williamson and had been called “Sonny Boy” at least since 1937. But the original died in 1948, leaving Sonny Boy II free to use that name for another 17 years.

To complicate matters further, the only thing phony about Sonny Boy II is the name. His music is mighty terrific. In honor of the season we give you “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues”:

For more on show business history consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

safe_image

And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

chain%20of%20fools%20cvr%20front%20only-500x500

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s