Born March 30, 1914 near Franklin, Tennessee
Died June 1, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois
Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee Curtis Williamson) was a famous American blues harmonica player. Called “the father of modern blues harp,” he was the most influential and widely heard blues harmonica player of his era, with many recordings for the Bluebird record label. As a band leader and side man, he performed with and influenced many musicians, including Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Terry, Jimmy Rogers, and others. He died at the age of 34 on June 1, 1948, the victim of a Chicago southside mugging, following his last performance at The Plantation Club, just a block away from his home.