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  • "Negative of taken of drawing of Sonny Boy Williamson from the book "Blues Music in Arkansas" by Louis Guida, Lorenzo Thomas, and Cheryl Cohen (1982). Sonny Boy Williamson was a famous blues musician during the 1940s and 1950s. He was born between 1899 and 1910 under the name Aleck Ford and was also known as Rice Miller or Aleck Miller. He grew up in Mississippi and taught himself how to play the harmonica. In the 1930s, he played with Sunnyland Slim in Missouri and probably toured other southern states by himself. Beginning in 1941, he performed on KFFA Radio Station in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas on the "King Biscuit Flour Time" radio program. He left the radio station in 1944, but returned often to perform. In 1951, he began his recording career. He was based in the Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee area until 1954 when he moved to Detroit, Michigan. From Detroit, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cleveland, Ohio. He spent several years touring the country and went to Europe to perform. In 1965, he returned to Helena and appeared again on "King Biscuit Time." Sonny Boy Williamson died May 25, 1965."

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