WILLIAMS, SHARON LEE.
Session for Alice Cooper, 1976.
Member of Man.
Sessions for Dave Edmunds, 1971, 1977.
Session for Waylon Jennings, 1973.
Member of Stealer's Wheel, 1972-75.
Founder of Lifetime and New Tony Williams' Lifetime, 1975-76.
Sessions for Ben Sidran; Ray Manzarek; Stanley Clarke, 1974; Les Dudek, 1977.
Member of Audience, 1971.
Session for Junior Wells.
WILLIAMSON, JOHN LEE.
Real name of Sonny Boy Williamson.
See: Williamson, Sonny Boy.
Guitar, harmonica, keyboards, percussion, vocals.
Member of the Incredible String Band, 1967.
WILLIAMSON, SONNY BOY (I).
Born John Lee Williamson, 30th March 1914 in Jackson, Tennessee. Died 1st June
1948 in Chicago.
In the late twenties and early thirties, he hopped
freight trains across the south with fellow bluesmen Yank Rachell and "Sleepy" John
Estes. He arrived in Chicago in 1934 and although younger than Rice Miller, he
was christened "Sonny Boy" as Miller would also later be. He worked in various
blues bands while recordinmg as a solo act for RCA Bluebird from 1939-45. His work
with such luminaries as Big Bill Broonzy and Big Joe Williams shaped the style of
Chicago blues harp playing.
He was robbed and brutally murdered with an ice pick after playing Chicago's
WILLIAMSON, SONNY BOY (II).
Born Alex Ford on, or around, 5th December 1899 in Glendora, Mississippi, later
taking the name of his step-father, Jim Miller. Died 25th May 1965 in Helena,
Aquired the name Rice after his radio work advertising a rice company. Well known in
the South as a broadcaster and recording artist, he hit the big time when he moved to
Chicago and signed to Chess Records in 1955. His eight years with the label saw
him become a pivotal figure of The American Folk Blues Festival which toured
throughout Europe. On his English dates, he was backed by many of the biggest bands
in the British R&B scene, including The Yardbirds (featuring a young Eric Clapton).
Session for Paul Butterfield, 1975.
Sessions for Harvey Mandel; Neil Diamond, 1976; Seals and Crofts, 1976; Richie
Furay Band, 1976.
Session for the Temptations,
Member of the re-formed Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Member of Neil Merryweather's Space Rangers, 1974-75.
Session for Joe Cocker, 1972.
Member of Frampton's Camel, 1973; Small Faces, 1977.
Sessions for Peter Frampton, 1972, 1974; Kevin Ayers, 1977.
Guitar, harmonica, vocals.
Member of Canned Heat, 1965, until his death in 1970.
Described by John Lee Hooker as, "the greatest harmonica player ever".
Session for Son House.
Member of Heart, 1975.
WILSON, (BARRIE) "B.J."
Member of Procol Harum, 1967-76.
Sessions for Joe Cocker, 1968; Lou Reed, 1972.
Sessions for Bob Dylan, 1969; J.J. Cale, 1971.
Member of the Steve Gibbons Band.
Session for Ken Tobias, 1973.
Bass, keyboards, vocals.
Founder of The Pendletones which became the Beach Boys, 1962.
Member of the Beach Boys, 1962.
Sessions for Elton John, 1974; Henry Gross, 1975.