Sonny Boy Williamson’s King Biscuit Time


Sonny Boy Williamson made a name for himself with the radio show King Biscuit Time in the early 1940s. Tall and imposing physically, Sonny Boy Williamson remained an enigmatic figure. If legend is to be believed, he was supposed to have been playing with Robert Johnson on the night Johnson died. He was supposed to have advised Robert Johnson against drinking a bottle of opened beer offered. Sonny Boy was himself a hard-bitten professional with a fondness for alcohol and gambling. He also gave many blues players their first break and inspired many others.

Little Milton : Rice Miller was a hell of a musician as far as the harmonica was concerned. He taught me self-esteem, he taught me respect, taught me how to not only respect yourself but to respect the audience.

King Biscuit Time

Sonny Boy Williamson blowing the harp

Source: Portrait of the Blues by Paul Trynka

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