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Sonny Boy Williamson

Sonny Boy Williamson - there were 2 bluesmen with the same stage name. Not sure which one this is ('Maddy' informs us that this is Sonny Boy Williamson II)

Howlin' Wolf Born Chester Burnett, Howlin' Wolf, was a Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. He was born in West Point, MS.

His prescription for musical ignorance was a cocktail of Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williams Blind Willie Johnson and Howlin' Wolf. (Howlin Wolf by Jim Marshall)

Son House

Blues legend Son House at Newport Folk Festival Photo by John Rudoff

John Lee Hooker, 6/20/84. American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born…

John Lee Hooker, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, born…

Son House / Son House was one of the last of the old school Mississippi delta blues singers. Son's music had a big influence on both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters who both came from that rural area near Clarksdale Mississippi where Son House frequently performed at picnics, juke joints and roadhouses.

Rochester turns the blues world’s attention to Son House with a four-day festival starting Aug. “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House.” (Photo: Rochester, NY, Democrat and Chronicle File photo)

Blues legend Big Bill Broonzy born June 26 in 1893, as he later said, or possibly in 1905 as family records suggest.

Blues legend Big Bill Broonzy born June 26 in as he later said, or possibly in 1905 as family records suggest.

Etta James

Credit: Ian Dickson / Rex Features/Ian Dickson / Rex Features An undated photo of the singer