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Complete Recorded Works, Vols.1-5 (1937-1947) by Sonny Boy Williamson

Label: Document Records.
Release Date: 1991.
Releases: 1992, 1994, 2000, 2005.
Recording Date: 1937 - 1947.

Styles: Acoustic Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues, Harmonica Blues, Regional Blues.

His complete works 1937-1947 in chronological order. Sonny Boy was a major influence (both harmonica and vocals) on many of the younger Chicago bluesmen, in particular: Junior Wells.
Producer: Johnny Parth (Compilation).

Volume 1 (May 5, 1937 - June 17, 1938)
Document records DOCD 5055
Tracks: 1) Good morning, school girl; 2) Blue bird blues; 3) Jackson blues; 4) Got the bottle up and gone; 5) Sugar mama blues; 6) Skinny woman; 7) Up the country blues; 8) Worried me blues; 9) Black gal blues; 10) Collector man blues; 11) Frigidaire blues; 12) Suzanna blues; 13) Early in the morning; 14) Project highway; 15) My little cornelius; 16) Decoration blues; 17) You can lead me; 18) Moonshine; 19) Miss Louisa blues; 20) Sunny land; 21) I'm tired trucking my blues away; 22) Down south; 23) Beauty parlor; 24) Until my love come down; 25) Honey bee blues.
Personnel: Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson, vocal, harmonica; Big Joe Williamson, guitar; Robert (Nighthawk) Lee McCoy, guitar; Walter Davis, piano; Henry Townsend, guitar; Yank Rachell, guitar and others...

Volume 2 (June 17, 1938 - July 21, 1939)
Document records DOCD 5056
Tracks: 1) My baby I've been your slave; 2) Whiskey headed blues; 3) Lord, oh lord blues; 4) You give an account; 5) Shannon Street blues; 6) You've been foolin' round town; 7) Deep down in the ground; 8) Number five blues; 9) Christmas morning blues; 10) Susie-Q; 11) Blue bird blues) part 2; 12) Little girl blues; 13) Low down ways; 14) Goodbye Red; 15) The right kind of life; 16) Insurance man blues; 17) Rainy day blues; 18) Bad luck blues; 19) My little baby; 20) Doggin' my love around; 21) Little low woman blues; 22) Good for nothing blues; 23) Sugar mama blues no. 2; 24) Good gravy.
Personnel: Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson, vocal, harmonica; Walter Davis, piano; Yank Rachell, mandolin; Robert (Nighthawk) Lee McCoy, guitar; Speckled Red, piano; Big Bill Broonzy, guitar.

Volume 3 (July 21, 1939 - April 4, 1941)
Document records DOCD 5057
Tracks: 1) T. B. blues; 2) Something going on wrong; 3) Good gal blues; 4) Joe Louis and John Henry blues; 5) Thinking my blues away; 6) I'm not pleasing you; 7) New jail house blues; 8) Life time blues; 9) Miss Ida Lee; 10) Tell me, baby; 11) Honey bee blues; 12) I been dealing with the devil; 13) War time blues; 14) Train fare blues; 15) Decoration day blues no. 2; 16) New early in the morning; 17) Welfare store blues; 18) My little machine; 19) Jivin' the blues; 20) Western Union man; 21) Big Apple blues; 22) Springtime blues; 23) My baby made a change; 24) Shotgun blues; 25) Coal and iceman blues.
Personnel: Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson, vocal, harmonica; Walter Davis, piano; Big Bill Broonzy, guitar; Blind John Davis, piano; Joshua Altheimer piano and others...

Volume 4 (April 4, 1941 - July 2, 1945)
Document records DOCD 5058
Tracks: 1) Drink on, little girl; 2) Mattie Mae blues; 3) I'm gonna catch you soon; 4) Million years blues; 5) Shady grove blues; 6) Sloppy drunk blues; 7) She was a dreamer; 8) You got to step back; 9) Ground hog blues; 10) Black panther blues; 11) Broken heart blues; 12) She don't love me that way; 13) My Name Black Name; 14) I have got to go; 15) Love me, baby; 16) What's gettin' wrong with you?; 17) Blues that made me drunk; 18) Come on baby and take a walk; 19) Miss Stella Brown blues; 20) Desperado woman blues; 21) Win the war blues; 22) Check up on my baby blues; 23) G. M. & O. blues; 24) We got to win; 25) Sonny Boy's jump; 26) Elevator woman.
Personnel: Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson, vocal, harmonica; Blind John Davis, piano; Big Bill Broonzy, guitar; Ransom Knowling, stand-up bass; Charlie McCoy, guitar; Washboard Sam, washboard; Eddie Boyd, piano; and others...

Volume 5 (October 19, 1945 - November 12, 1947)
Document records DOCD 5059
Tracks: 1) Early in the morning; 2) The big boat; 3) Stop breaking down; 4) You're an old lady; 5) Sonny Boy's cold chills; 6) Mean old highway; 7) Hoodoo hoodoo; 8) Shake the boogie; 9) Mellow chick swing; 10) Polly put your kettle on; 11) Lacey Belle; 12) Apple tree swing; 13) Wonderful time; 14) Sugar gal; 15) Willow tree gal; 16) Alcohol blues; 17) Little girl; 18) Blues about my baby; 19) No friend blues; 20) I love you for myself; 21) Bring another half a pint; 22) Southern dream; 23) Rub a dub; 24) Better cut that out.
Personnel: Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson, vocal, harmonica; Big Maceo, piano; Tampa Red, guitar; Blind John Davis, piano; Big Bill Broonzy, guitar; Big Willie Dixon, stand-up bass; Eddie Boyd, piano; Judge Riley, drums; Ransom Knowling, stand-up bass; and others...