this day in crime history: june 1, 1948

On this date in 1948, bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson (not to be confused with another musician who had appropriated his name), was murdered during a robbery in Chicago, IL. Williamson was walking home after playing a gig at Chicago’s Plantation Club when he was attacked. His last words were reported to have been, “Lord have mercy.”

Further reading:

The Blues Harp Page – Sonny Boy Williamson I

Fact Monster – Sonny Boy Williamson

Wikipdeia – Sonny Boy Williamson I

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2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: june 1, 1948

  1. John D.:
    Always did like a good blues “harpist”.
    Sonny had it down, too.

    Damn shame they never found out WHO was the killer.
    Some things in Chi-Town NEVER change.

    Stay safe out there.

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