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John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson

 
 
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By Ken Smith, November 14, 2008
1. John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson Marker
Inscription. "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914 - 1948), the music innovator responsible for the acceptance of the harmonica as an authentic blues tool, is buried in old Blair's Chapel CME Cemetery, 5 miles southwest. The most influential blues harmonica player of his day, he made a powerful contribution to American music and is recognized as a master of the blues genre. In his mouth and hands, the harmonica learned to wail and chirp, laugh and cry, in spanking new rhythms and to daring new beats.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4D 44.)
 
Location. 35° 32.802′ N, 88° 49.476′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is on State Highway 18 0.2 miles south of Caldwell Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson TN 38301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Bemis (approx. 2 miles away); Austin Raymond Merry (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Electro Chalybeate Well (approx. 4.1 miles away); Jackson Spoke Here (approx. 4.1 miles away); Riverside Cemetery
John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, January 22, 2012
2. John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson Grave Marker
John Lee Curtis
Sonny Boy>
Williamson
Mar 30, 1914
June 1, 1948
Blues Harmonica Legend
(approx. 4.5 miles away); Butler Race Track c. 1825 / Memphis Conference Female Institute 1843-1923 (approx. 4.5 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Andersons & Claytons Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
Regarding John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson. Williamson's grave is in Old Blair Chapel Cemetery Blair Chapel Road, Jackson, Tn 38301.
Coordinates: N. 35* 30.610' W. 088* 54.405'
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, January 22, 2012
3. John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson Grave Marker
Fans leave harmonicas and other tokens in tribute to Williamson.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 7, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on January 25, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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