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.:
    I read the WIKI on him, and it was SO damn sad to see such a good harmonica player taken down for no apparent reason less than TWO damn blocks from his home.
    Always liked the harmonica and those like Sonny Boy WIlliamson (the original) who could REALLY play it well.

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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