Sonny Boy Williamson I

1914 - 1948

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John Lee Curtis "Sonny Boy" Williamson (March 30, 1914 – June 1, 1948) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He is often regarded as the pioneer of the blues harp as a solo instrument. He played on hundreds of recordings by many pre–World War II blues artists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sonny Boy Williamson I has received more than 250,835 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Sonny Boy Williamson I is the 1,297th most popular musician (down from 1,160th in 2019), the 6,394th most popular biography from United States (down from 5,572nd in 2019) and the 521st most popular American Musician.

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Among musicians, Sonny Boy Williamson I ranks 1,297 out of 2,675Before him are Jaromír Nohavica, Ismaël Lô, Blind Blake, Mr Lordi, King Tubby, and Dexter Holland. After him are Joe Jackson, Manu Katché, William Primrose, Joe Hahn, Heinrich Schiff, and Hal David.

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Among people born in 1914, Sonny Boy Williamson I ranks 243Before him are Sven Jacobsson, Béatrix Beck, Carlos Menditeguy, Julio Caro Baroja, Karel Kolský, and Peter Whitehead. After him are Hermann Pilnik, Emmanuel Roblès, Astrid Henning-Jensen, Michael Grant, John Hersey, and Jyoti Basu. Among people deceased in 1948, Sonny Boy Williamson I ranks 131Before him are Sylvanus Morley, May Whitty, Malcolm Campbell, Constantin Angelescu, Bevil Rudd, and Zhu Ziqing. After him are Pencho Zlatev, John Anderson, Poul Heegaard, Adolf Kainz, Franz Weidenreich, and Edgar Kennedy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sonny Boy Williamson I ranks 6,394 out of 15,968Before him are Cyril M. Kornbluth (1923), Elaine Hendrix (1970), Pauline Oliveros (1932), Jack Wagner (1959), Erik Olin Wright (1947), and Dexter Holland (1965). After him are Joey King (1999), Sherrill Milnes (1935), Theodore Freeman (1930), Gummo Marx (1893), Paget Brewster (1969), and Spencer Tunick (1967).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Sonny Boy Williamson I ranks 521Before him are Oscar Pettiford (1922), Fats Navarro (1923), Hal Blaine (1929), Eric Martin (1960), Blind Blake (1893), and Dexter Holland (1965). After him are Joe Hahn (1977), Hal David (1921), John Hammond (1910), Mike Patton (1968), Maynard James Keenan (1964), and Jimmy Giuffre (1921).