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Sonny Thompson (born 22nd August, 1916?)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:29 am
by john poole
Alfonso "Sonny" Thompson - piano player, producer, songwriter - born one hundred years ago today - 22nd August, 1916 (Centreville, Mississippi) [died 11th August, 1989]. Unless the alternate y.o.b. of 1923 used by Joel Whitburn and is correct - in which case it is a less noteworthy 93 years ago today ... but 1916 appears more likely.

'Long Gone, Pts. 1 & 2' (r&b #1 in 1948) - the first of a number of instrumental hits he had. Part 1 featured the guitarist Arvin Garrett; Part 2 (recorded a week later) Eddie Chamblee on tenor saxophone

'I'll drown in my tears' (1952) - with vocals by Lula Reed (who became his wife) - the original version of Henry Glover's song, later recorded in 1955 as 'Drown in my own tears' by Ray Charles

In 1960 as a&r man for King/Federal Records he signed Freddie (then Freddy) King - he was involved as producer, pianist and often co-writer for Freddie's recordings up until Thompson left the label in 1964, following which Freddie recorded just one further 1966 session with Lonnie Mack prior to signing to signing to Atlantic/Cotillion in 1968

Freddy King - 'I'm Tore Down' (1961) - #5 r&b - a Thompson composition, Freddie's biggest non-instrumental hit

Thompson continued to work as a session musician; research has discovered that rather than (as previously believed) Johnnie Johnson, Sonny played on the sessions for Chuck Berry's final 1960s recordings for Chess prior to Chuck being signed to Mercury for three years.

Chuck Berry - 'Wee Hour Blues' from the 1966 LP 'Fresh Berry's' ... sions.html ... _5464.html

Re: Sonny Thompson (born 22nd August, 1916?)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:13 pm
by Alan
What great sounds to come home to!

Re: Sonny Thompson (born 22nd August, 1916?)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:44 am
by willvine
Christine Perfect / Mc Vie was a big disciple, so you could say...No Sonny Thompson - No (mega-size) Fleetwood Mac.