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UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson

08 Jan 10 - 04:20 PM (#2806927)
Subject: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST

Hello,
I'm listing my wanted footages with famous Sonny Boy Williamson who toured England with American Folk Blues Festival in 1963-65.
1->> October 04 1963, Frankfurt TV
>> "Bye Bye Bird" Vocal and harmonica
>> "So Sad To Be Lonesome" Vocal and harmonica with Memphis Slim (piano); M. T. [AKA Matt "Guitar] Murphy (Electric guitar); and Billie Stepney (drums)

2->> Late 1963, Tonight (U. K. BBC TV Program) London, England
[There was an interview by Cliff Michelmore, the resident host.]
>>       [unknown song] [unknown band]

3- >> Late 1963, Tonight (U. K. BBC TV Program) London, England
[There was an interview.] There was almost certainly another
appearance on the Tonight show within two weeks either side of the above.       [unknown song] [unknown band]

4->> SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON and THE CHRIS BARBER BAND
>> 31 May 1964 – BBC(?) Television Show with Chris Barber, Live Free
Trade Hall in Manchester (England)
Vocal and harmonica with Pat Halcox, trumpet; Chris Barber, trombone and bass; Ian Wheeler, clarinet; Eddie Smith, banjo; Dick Smith, bass; Graham Burbidge, drumes> Vocal and harmonica only -1;
Ottilie Patterson, 2nd vocal; -2. .
>>    "Help Me"
>>       "C Jam Blues [instrumental"]
>>       "So Sad to be Lonesome"
>>       "Walk With Me Baby"
>>       "Bye Bye Bird (Bird, I'm goin')"
>>       "Your Funeral and My Trial" -1
>>         'Pontiac Blues" & encore
>>       "When the Saints go Marchin' In"
>       "This Little Light of Mine" -2
>>       "Saints" [inst reprise]

4->> Denmark October 3, 1964, film backyard of the old Monmartre Club in Copenhagen,
>>    "In My Little Room" ["Lonesome Cabin"] Vocal and harmonica>
>>   "It Ain't But My Way Out" [One Way Out?]

5->> November 9, 1964 --Beat Room, London, England
[Available from BBC.] [This may have been filmed for the above show
or simply another film of "Lonesome Cabin".]
>>    "Lonesome Cabin"       Vocal and harmonica
>>   "One Way Out" (?)

6->> November 16, 1964 -- Unbroadcast Granada TV show, Studio 6, Granada Studios, Manchester, England. Made for Granada TV by Phillip Casson and John Hamp    Vocal and harmonica, [accompaniment unknown, probably the Five Dimensions]

7->> December 22, 1964 – Day by Day, Southampton, England. U. K. Southern news magazine
>>      Vocal and harmonica, [accompaniment unknown]

8->> January 8, 1965– Ready, Steady. Go, ATV Studios, London England.U. K. ATV Broadcasts, Directed by Elkan Allen
>>    Vocal and harmonica, [accompaniment unknown]

10->> Late January 1965 – Unissued Danish TV Show, "3 Falke Center,"
>> Copenhagen, Denmark -- Late January 1964
>>         "Bye Bye Bird" Vocal and harmonica; Sunnyland Slim (piano); Hubert Sumlin, (electric guitar); Willie Dixon (bass); Clifton James (drums)
>>       "In My Younger Days"

Does anybody help me to find these footages?

Maciej


08 Jan 10 - 05:19 PM (#2806973)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: Art Thieme

Withy all due respect, that was RICE MILLER--not the real Sonny Boy.

The actual Sonny Boy Wmson. died long before 1963.

Art


09 Jan 10 - 07:40 AM (#2807391)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: Dave Sutherland

Re the Ready Steady Go appearance I'm pretty sure that he was backed by Gary Farr and the T - Bones.


09 Jan 10 - 10:59 AM (#2807500)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: Will Fly

Art, also with respect, it's pretty clear from the dates quoted by the OP that it's the 2nd Sonny Boy he's talking about. Yes, we know his real name was Rice Miller, but he himself styled himself Sonny Boy williamson, and if you were searching for TV or film material featuring him in the UK in the 60s, you probably wouldn't turn up much using Rice Miller as the keywords!

I personally thought it was sheer cheek of RM to use Soony Boy's name - I also think the original SBW was a much better harp player! Shame about the ice pick... :-)


09 Jan 10 - 12:58 PM (#2807565)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: The Sandman

they were both good.


09 Jan 10 - 01:56 PM (#2807603)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST

Everybody knows that Sonny Boy "John Lee" Williamson was murdered in 1948 at age thirty-four - he could not to be in Europe in 60s.
Rice Miller first time named himselve Sonny Boy Williamson in 1934, before he made King Biscuit Time in KFFA radio, when he met First Sonny Boy.

Dave Sutherland, do you remember Ready Steady Go with Sonny Boy Williamson?

Maciej


09 Jan 10 - 03:51 PM (#2807706)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST,Hootenanny

Will,Art,

With all due respect, the first reference I saw relating the name Sonny Boy Williamson to Rice Miller was in Melody Maker back in the second half of the 1950's. "Rice" was also a pseudonym, without double checking I believe he was baptised Alec and possibly his surname was Ford.
With regard to the mention above of Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions, it definitely was not them backing SBW. I was working with their agent and manager at the time. We also employed a very good friend of mine to chauffeur SBW around for about three weeks during his final stay in the UK. He would pick SBW up in the morning and drive off to the gig with Sonny Boy playing virtually non stop on the journey keeping time slapping the dashboard and taking the odd nip or two.

Great days.
Hoot


09 Jan 10 - 05:06 PM (#2807786)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: Dave Sutherland

Maciej - yes I remember watching the programme although I don't remember what he sang or who else was on although I do remember that Wally Whyton was in the audience. I also remeber that SBW put quite a number of people off by almost swallowing his harp in front of the camera.
I had just got my first Blues compilation album that previous Christmas and SBW was on singing "Don't Start Me Talkin'"


09 Jan 10 - 05:16 PM (#2807799)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: Art Thieme

Fine insights all! Good grist for the mill makes the best flower.

Art


10 Jan 10 - 12:30 PM (#2808357)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: G-Force

I remember seeing him on Ready Steady Go. He did two numbers.

The first was a slow blues with very little harmonica playing, except for an intro which Keith Fordyce talked all over (I can remember screaming Shut Up You Idiot! at the screen).

This was followed by an upbeat number, instrumental if I remember correctly, on which he was drowned out by the harmonica player in the backing band (I can remember screaming Shut Up You Idiot! at the screen).

I can't remember what numbers they were or who the band was.


11 Jan 10 - 03:28 AM (#2808837)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST

Thanks, thanks everybody.
see my web www.sonnyboywilliamson.republika.pl

let's the good music roll
Maciej


11 Jan 10 - 04:40 AM (#2808863)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST,woodsie

Sonny Boy Williamson II - first heard him on a marble Arch compilation "More Rythym & Blues" which I bought for 14/6 in the late 60s.About the same time I bought an album called "Bluebird Blues" by Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee Williamson)Absolutely brilliant both artistes.


19 Oct 15 - 05:29 AM (#3745104)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST,Young Michael

G-Force

Exactly as I remember it with Gary Farr blowing over the top of SBW! He did a few gigs with the T-Bones under the auspices of Giorgio Gomelsky who was their manager. He originally teamed SBW with The Yardbirds.


19 Oct 15 - 02:42 PM (#3745225)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST,Twiz

I saw him in Woolwich SE London sometime in the sixties can't remember exact dates because...it was the sixties! I do remember he did a blinding set until he had a break and drank half a bottle of whisky! it went a bit downhill from there but was a still a great night.


19 Oct 15 - 04:42 PM (#3745263)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST

Robbie Robertson tells a wonderful but ultimately sad story about he and Levon meeting with and spending some time with Sonny Boy: YouTube


20 Oct 15 - 03:07 AM (#3745374)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: Dave Sutherland

During this period he may have done a number of gigs accompanied by Manfred Mann. Paul Jones tells the story that upon his return to USA Sonny Boy claimed "Those white boys wanted to play the blues so badly; and that is exactly what they did!"


20 Oct 15 - 02:27 PM (#3745480)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: The Sandman

thanks for the robbie and sonny boy story


25 Sep 21 - 07:01 AM (#4120904)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST,Heidelbergmann

Sonny Boy Wiillamson was on the BBC Tonight Programme, he was accompanied by the Rhythm Guitarist from the Group T Bones, whose lead Singer was Gary Farr, and they played at the Crawdaddy in Thornton Heath in the 1960’s.


25 Sep 21 - 02:11 PM (#4120945)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: meself

Don't think Sonny Boy said, "badly".


25 Sep 21 - 02:30 PM (#4120946)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: GUEST,SB666

Its doubtful any footage exists - maybe in archives but not in the public domain. Try asking on

https://missingepisodes.proboards.com/

===


25 Sep 21 - 04:14 PM (#4120951)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: punkfolkrocker

Fairly certain I bought a rough sounding budget LP when I was about 14

SBW backed by the Animals...


26 Sep 21 - 09:48 AM (#4121010)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: meself

Some or all of that can be found on youtube.


27 Sep 21 - 02:09 AM (#4121069)
Subject: RE: UK TV Shows of Sonny boy Williamson
From: Neil D

One of the funniest sentences I ever read:
while he was in England Sonny Boy Williamson 2 once set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee maker.