Sam Myers - mid 20th Century

from Sam Myers: The Blues is My Story, pages 92-93:

So you had a lot of guys who would take the same name [...] and would say, "You've heard this guy. Now I'm going to show you where I can do better." Kind of step the style up, while still wearing the name. It's just one of those things. […] The original [harmonica player] Sonny Boy Williamson was John Lee Williamson. He got killed in Chicago in a knife stabbing. Sonny Boy Number Two, as they would call him, his name was Rice Miller. He hung around mostly the Mississippi Delta, then over at Helena, Arkansas. And even though as flat and as country as he would talk at times, he wrote …   more >>

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Jeff Horton and Sam Myers, Sam Myers: The Blues is My Story (City of Jackson, 2006), p. 92-93. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432715296569 accessed: 16 May, 2022

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Sam Myers
memoirist, vocalist, Musician
1936-2006

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blues harmonica performed by Rice Miller, Sonny Boy Number Two, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Williamson

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Date/Time mid 20th Century

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 27 May 2015 09:28:17 +0100
Approved on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:26:46 +0100