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From Sonny Boy Williamsons II first album: The dark lyrics of “Your Funeral, My Trial”

Well, the swinging rhythms and virtuous harmonica might indicate this is a happy song, but Sonny Boy Williamson’s II “Your Funeral, My Trial”,  is a  gangsta rap kind of song. It was recorded on his debut album Down and Out Blues and released on Checker records in 1959.

King of the Harmonica

Sonny Boy Williamson has always been a mysterious figure.  That gives in some way a romantic side to his story. We are not sure when he was born and also his birth name is uncertain.  But we do know that Williamson was one hell of a harmonica player. Multiple songs show his gifted talent and dedication to this instrument.  His hit song “Nine Below Zero” is a perfect example of why they called him the king of the Harmonica.

 “Please come home to your daddy, and explain yourself to me
Because I and you are man and wife, tryin’ to start a family
I’m beggin’ you baby, cut out that off the wall jive
If you can’t treat me no better, it gotta be your funeral and my trial”

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Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley Together on “Two Great Guitars”

Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley Together on “Two Great Guitars”

These two musicians need no introduction. They made both fame at Checker / Chess records and scored multiple hits in the 50s and 60s. Two Great Guitars: Bo  Diddley / Chuck Berry is a very nice studio album by labelmates Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, which was released in August 1964.

Blues & Rock n Roll Session

Chesss Records  made it a sort of tradition to let the stars of the label work together. Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf Would release a few years  later in 1968 their  album “Super Super Blues Band” which contain some grooving blues songs like “Wrecking My Love”.  A year before Bo had recorded an album alongside Muddy and Little Walter called “Super Blues”

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Tommy Tucker’s 60s Hit record- Hi Heel Sneakers

Tommy Tucker’s 60s Hit record- Hi Heel Sneakers

He released his biggest hit “Hi-heel Sneakers in 1964 and sold more than a million copies of it! Tommy Tucker was for some time a big shot in the world of blues. He toured alongside Ray Charles and Dionne Warwick and spent some time in Europe. 

Cover Versions Tommy Tucker

When Tommy Tucker recorded “Hi-Heel Sneakers for Checker Records back in 1963 I guess he could never expect the influence of this song. It was covered by many musicians including Tom Jones, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker and  Jerry Lee Lewis.

After retirement from the music industry in the late sixties Tommy Tucker woked as a real-estate agent and wrote for a local newspaper.

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