Hello I'm really fan of Sonny Boy Williamson. Please see my web www.sonnyboywilliamson.republika.pl I have all his issued and many unissued recordings but I'm still searching for his unissued recordings. Please see my WANTED. Maybe you can help me or tell me any direction. I'm looking for very rare tv show footages of Sonny Boy Williamson. See below:
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) > "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" > 'Pontiac Blues" & encore > "When the Saints go Marchin' In" > "This Little Light of Mine" > "Saints" [inst reprise]
5- Denmark October 3, 1964, film backyard of the old Monmartre Club in Copenhagen, > "In My Little Room" ["Lonesome Cabin"] Vocal and harmonica ( this clip was edited on youtube) > "It Ain't But My Way Out" [One Way Out?]
6- 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" (?)
7- 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]
8- December 22, 1964 – Day by Day, Southampton, England. U. K. Southern news magazine > Vocal and harmonica, [accompaniment unknown]
9- January 8, 1965– Ready, Steady. Go, ATV Studios, London England.U.K. ATV Broadcasts, Directed by Elkan Allen > Vocal and harmonica, [accompaniment unknown]
10- Early 1965 – Hullabaloo, ATV Studios, London England. U. K. ATV Broadcast > Vocal and harmonica with unknown British Group (piano, guitar, bass & drums) [rumored to be The Yardbirds.] ( I have Hullabaloo footages with Ian Campbel Folk, Dec 1963)
11- 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"
12- a film "Tempo: The Blues Came Walkin'", 1964, Recorded in October 1964 at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, during the 3rd American Folk Blues Festival.
Am I correct in thinking that the basis of your list is that on page 322-323 of Paul Vernon's 1999 book?
I have been a resident of Southampton since 1989 and in 1993, with the help of local blues musician Bob Pearce, attempted to track this program down (in respect of a SBW discography I had been asked to compile by a French magazine):
December 22, 1964 – Day by Day, Southampton, England. U. K. Southern news magazine Vocal and harmonica, [accompaniment unknown]
which Bob vividly remembered watching and inspiring him to play harmonica. All we could discover was that when Southern Independent Television ceased broadcasting in 1981 the entire programme archive was sold to the Southern Star Group, who were the publishers of Southampton's daily local paper, The Southern Echo. Bob kindly provided me with the name of a blues friendly journalist on the Daily Echo (as it became) who attempted to discover what happened to the archive. "Burnt", "buried in land fill" or "dumped out at sea" were the kind of responses he received from those he asked.
Do you know - in the University of Mississippi was at a symposium Apr, 2010, and there has been film discovered of Sonnyboy on King Biscuit time from 1942 and 1952. 1942 The earlier film (4 minutes long) depicts Robert Junior Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson performing together on the porch of a country grocery store in Arkansas. Robert and Sonnyboy seated on a porch playing for a very attentive crowd of onlookers. 1952Later film (12 minutes long) shows segments from a 1952 bus tour through Arkansas with Williamson and various King Biscuit Time band members performing.with a full band with Peck Curtis on drums, and Sonnyboy standing. Sonnyboy is very animated in both he films, Sonnyboy's use of the microphone with the harmonica.