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Sonny Boy Williamson Marker

Marker in Court Square Park honors Sonny Boy Williamson, whose real name is believed to have been either Alex or Aleck “Rice” Miller.  He is believed to have been born in Glendora, Miss., sometime between 1899 and 1910. He was known for his amazing ability to play harmonica and was the star of the famous “King Biscuit Time” radio show on KFFA in Helena. He apparently began using the name Sonny Boy Williamson in the late 1930s. The original Sonny Boy Williamson was John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, a Chicago harmonica player, who died in 1948. Williamson (Rice Miller), who is often referred to as Sonny Boy Williamson II, also made recordings on the Trumpet and Chess labels. Although he traveled extensively, including tours of Europe, he frequently returned to Helena where he died on May 25, 1965. He is buried in Tutwiler, Miss. A stop on the Arkansas Delta Music Trail: Sounds from the Soil and Soul and the African American Heritage Trail.

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Cherry Street, Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
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Great River Road & Crowley's Ridge Parkway