Little Sonny

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: blues harmonica stax soul funk harmonica blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s


Aaron Willis, 6 October 1932, Greensboro, Alabama, USA. Despite the claims of his first album, its evidence shows that Little Sonny Willis is an adequate harmonica player and reluctant singer whose music career has been, at best, intermittent. With little experience in music apart from singing in church choirs, Willis moved to Detroit in 1954. Working as a photographer in the bars of the Hastings Street area, he also picked up the rudiments of the harmonica. His first gig was in the Good Time Bar with Washboard Willie’s band. Willis gained some harmonica tuition from Sonny Boy ‘Rice Miller’ Williamson, from whom he adopted his nickname. In March 1956, he formed his own band with pianist Chuck Smith, guitarist Louis (Big Bo) Collins and drummer Jim Due Crawford. Two years later Smith, Crawford and Eddie Burns backed Willis on his debut record, ‘I Gotta Find My Baby’, for Duke Records. Another record, ‘Love Shock’, recorded by Joe...

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