Eddie James House, Jr. was born March 21, 1902 in Riverton, MS on a plantation. In his younger years, in the early 1920's, Son House was a baptist pastor. It is said that he turned to music in 1927. He served time at Parchman's State Farm in 1928-1929. When he got out of Parchman's farm in 1929, he hooked up with Charlie Patton for a stint. Son was 10 years younger than Patton, so it is said that Patton was a mentor of Son House.
It was around the time that Son House and Charlie Patton split ways that Son House picked up Robert Johnson and began to treck around the Mississippi Delta.
By 1930 he had recorded for Paramount Records. He was recorded for the Library of Congress by Alan Lomax in the summers of 1941 and 1942.
It is simply said that he took some time off from 1948 to 1964, and then again in the 1970's because of his health. While he was not sick or playing music professionally, Son House was a porter on the railroad and a barbecue chef in upstate New York. Son House died in 1988.