Sonny Boy Williamson Similar Artists

Little Walter - 100% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Muddy Waters - 100% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Blues Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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McKinley Morganfield, 4 April 1913, Rolling Fork, Mississippi, USA, d. 30 April 1983, Chicago, Illinois, USA. One of the dominant figures of post-war blues, Muddy Waters was raised in the rural Mississippi town of Clarksdale, in whose juke-joints he came into contact with the legendary Son House and Robert Nighthawk. Having already mastered the rudiments of the harmonica an Read more

Billy Boy Arnold - 77% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Arnold first played blues harmonica with Bo Diddley’s group in 1950 and became a well-known figure in Chicago blues throughout the following two decades. Among those he accompanied were Johnny Shines and Otis Rush. With a serviceable singing voice and a harmonica style influenced by John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson, Ar Read more

Elmore James - 77% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Elmore Brooks, 27 January 1918, Richland, Mississippi, USA, d. 23 May 1963, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although his recording career spanned 10 years, Elmore James is chiefly recalled for his debut release, 1951’s ‘Dust My Broom’. This impassioned, exciting performance, based on a virulent composition by country blues singer Robert Johnson, was marked by the arti Read more

Otis Rush - 76% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 April 1934, Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA. A left-handed blues guitarist, Rush moved to Chicago where his impassioned singing and playing on ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ brought a Top 10 R&B hit in 1956. He became one of the ‘young turks’ of the Chicago scene together with Buddy Guy, Freddie King and Magic Sam. ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby Read more

Junior Wells - 75% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Blues Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Amos Blakemore, 9 December 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 15 January 1998, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Having eschewed parental pressure to pursue a career in gospel music, Wells began playing harmonica on the streets of west Memphis, inspired by local heroes Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Parker. Having followed his mother to Chicago in 1946, the young musician won the respect Read more

Jimmy Reed - 70% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mathis James Reed, 6 September 1925, Leland, Mississippi, USA, d. 29 August 1976, Oakland, California, USA. Jimmy Reed was a true original: he sang in a lazy mush-mouthed ramble, played limited, if instantly recognizable, harmonica, and even more minimal guitar. He produced a series of hits in the 50s that made him the most successful blues singer of the era.

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Jimmy Rogers - 66% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues
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Ruthie Foster - 64% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
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Freddie King - 57% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Blues Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Billy Myles, 3 September 1934, Gilmer, Texas, USA, d. 28 December 1976, Dallas, Texas. Freddie (aka Freddy) was one of the triumvirate of Kings (the others being B.B. and Albert) who ruled the blues throughout the 60s. He was the possessor of a light, laid-back, but not unemotional voice and a facile fast-fingered guitar technique that made him the hero of many young discipl Read more

T-Bone Walker - 56% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Aaron Thibeaux Walker, 28 May 1910, Linden, Texas, USA, d. 16 March 1975, Los Angeles, California, USA. Walker, whose T-Bone acronym is a corruption of his middle name, was raised in Dallas where his parents operated an ‘open house’ to all the touring blues musicians. During his childhood, Walker was brought into contact with artists such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Read more

Snooky Pryor - 54% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Pryor, 15 September 1921, Lambert, Mississippi, USA, d. 18 October 2006. As a child Pryor became drawn to the harmonica after watching an albino player, John Blissett, together with his friend Jimmy Rogers. When he was 13 he saw Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson number 2) play. After settling in Chicago in 1945 after US Army service, Pryor joined the Maxwell Str Read more

Big Bill Broonzy - 53% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Lee Conley Broonzy, 26 June 1893 (some sources give 1898), Scott, Mississippi, USA, d. 14 August 1958, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Broonzy worked as a field hand, and it was behind the mule that he first developed his unmistakable, hollering voice, with its remarkable range and flexibility. As a child he made himself a violin, and learned to play under the guidance of an Read more

John Lee Hooker - 53% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Blues Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 August 1917, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 21 June 2001, Los Altos, California, USA. Dates vary between 1917 to 1920, but owing to the age of Hooker’s mother when he was born, 1917 is the most likely. He was born into a large family, of between 10 and 12 siblings, who all worked on the fields of a large tenanted agricultural farm. Hooker’s first musical exper Read more

Memphis Slim - 53% match to Sonny Boy Williamson

Genres: Blues Blues Folk Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John ‘Peter’ Chatman, 3 September 1915, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 24 February 1988, Paris, France. One of the most popular performers of the blues idiom, Memphis Slim combined the barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano style of the pre-war era with a sophisticated vocal intonation. A prolific songwriter, his best-known composition, ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’ Read more


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