Sonny Thompson Biography
Alphonso Thompson, 22 August 1916, Centreville, Mississippi, USA, d. 11 August 1989. This long-time Chicago-based R&B band leader and pianist first recorded boogie-woogies in 1946 for the Detroit-based Sultan label. After signing for the Miracle label in Chicago, he succeeded with Long Gone, which went to number 1 on the R&B chart in 1948. The gently rolling instrumental set the tone for his later hits, Late Freight (R&B number 1, 1948), Blue Dreams (R&B number 10, 1949) and Mellow Blues (R&B number 8, 1952). His later chart records featured the vocals of his wife, Lulu Reed, notably Ill Drown In My Tears and Lets Call It A Day, both from 1952. Thompson worked largely as a session musician during the 50s, and in 1959 succeeded Ralph Bass as an A&R director for King Records Chicago office. After the closure of the King office in 1964, Thompson continued session work and made occasional tours of Europe.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.