Sonny Thompson Similar Artists

Joe Lutcher - 29% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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Brother of Nellie Lutcher, Joe moved from Lake Charles, Louisiana, to California where he played his alto saxophone with the Nat ‘King’ Cole Trio, the Will Mastin Trio and the Mills Brothers. He then signed for Capitol Records in the summer of 1947 (at the same time as Nellie) and had strong sellers with his ‘Strato Cruiser’, ‘No Name Boogie’ and t Read more

Duke Henderson - 28% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s
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d. 1972, Los Angeles, California, USA. While T-Bone Walker was conducting his master class in blues guitar playing, Wynonie Harris was teaching aspiring singers their lessons in blues shouting. From the three Apollo sessions anthologized on Get Your Kicks, it seems that Henderson was one of his earliest and most able pupils, although it is also possible to hear some Joe Turner Read more

Gene Phillips - 26% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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Eugene Floyd Phillips, 25 July 1915, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Phillips learned to play ukulele and switched to guitar at the age of 11, after which he began playing and singing for tips and graduated through several obscure local bands. Between 1941 and 1943, he played guitar behind the Mills Brothers, relocating with them to Los Angeles, and later worked and recorded with Read more

Todd Rhodes - 26% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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31 August 1900, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA, d. 4. June 1965, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Pianist Rhodes first came to prominence in the late 20s as a founder member of McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, recording several dozen tracks for RCA - Victor Records between 1928 and 1931. Leaving the Cotton Pickers in 1934, Rhodes became a popular act on the Detroit jazz scene and formed Read more

Bill Jennings - 21% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
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Maxwell Davis - 19% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1916, Independence, Kansas, USA, d. 18 September 1970, Los Angeles, California, USA. Davis started out playing tenor saxophone and during the swing era played in several big bands. Settling in Los Angeles, he took an interest in the city’s burgeoning R&B scene of the 40s, and during this and the following decade and into the early 60s he was in constant d Read more

Jesse Stone - 16% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s
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16 November 1901, Atchison, Kansas, USA, d. 1 April 1999, Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. Stone’s earliest musical experience was performing with his family’s minstrel show. After moving to Kansas City, he played piano with several territory bands throughout the south-west during the 20s and additionally led his own band. Although little known and not recorded, th Read more

Lynn Hope - 16% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 September 1926, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Tenor saxophonist Hope joined King Kolax’s band upon graduation before forming his own outfit with his sister and brothers and converting to the Muslim faith, which resulted in his changing his name to Al Hajji Abdullah Rascheed Ahmed and wearing either a fez or, more usually, a turban. Seeking a recording deal, he signed an Read more

Wynonie Harris - 14% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1915, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 14 June 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA. This stylish, flamboyant blues shouter enjoyed several R&B hit singles in the immediate post-war period. As a youth Harris played drums in and around his home town before moving to Los Angeles in the early 40s. There he played, danced, sang and worked in several non-musical capacities in Read more

Amos Milburn - 13% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 April 1927, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 3 January 1980, Houston, Texas, USA. After service in the US Navy in World War II, Milburn formed his own blues and R&B band in Houston in which he played piano and sang, and in 1946 he was offered a contract by the Aladdin label. Between November 1948 and February 1954 he and his band, the Aladdin Chicken Shackers, had an extraordin Read more

Little Jimmy King - 12% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Manuel Gales, 4 December 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 21 July 2002, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Citing Albert King and Jimi Hendrix as influences, King’s guitar style exhibited an uneasy amalgam of both disparate elements, which he struggled to mould into a recognizably individual sound. He and twin brother Daniel received acoustic guitars for Christmas when they we Read more

The Lamplighters - 11% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This vocal R&B outfit was formed in 1952 at Jordan High School in Los Angeles, California, USA, but was always too erratic and plagued with personal problems to be destined for success in the long haul. Leon Hughes, Matthew Nelson and Willie Ray Rockwell comprised the initial trio, who entered a talent show at Johnny Otis’ Barrell House but came second to singer Thurst Read more

Walter Brown - 11% match to Sonny Thompson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s
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August 1916, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. June 1956, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. Discovered by band leader Jay McShann just a few days before his band’s debut recording session for Decca Records in Dallas in April 1941, vocalist Brown became the band’s biggest selling point, with his laid-back blues style on such successful titles as ‘Hootie Blues’, ‘Lonely Boy Read more


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