Blues Industry Pioneers
RECORD COMPANIES AND PIONEER RADIO STATIONS
◾ Alligator Records have released three Sonny Boy compilations: Clownin’ With The World, Goin’ In Your Direction and Keep It To Ourselves. Their website includes a brief Sonny Boy biography and Marc Ryan’s wonderful original liner notes for the above albums.
◾ Arhoolie Records issued King Biscuit Time, a compilation of Sonny Boy’s best Trumpet Records recordings.
◾ Chess Records. Most of Sonny Boy’s best-known recordings were issued by Chess and Checker, currently owned by MCA. The majority of Sonny Boy’s original Chess albums are still available, although The MCA “His Best” and “Essential” compilations are recommended as first choices because there is a lot more music per dollar.
◾ KWEM Radio in West Memphis Arkansas is where Elvis Presley,Johnny Cash, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf and others got their first radio exposure (including B.B.King on Sonny Boy's Hadacol show). Future members of The Band such as drummer Levon Helm of Turkey Scratch, Arkansas grew up listening to this type of music. The Band was formed in Toronto Canada (originally as Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks) with Levon Helm and four Canadians from the area (Robbie Robertson, Richard Manual, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko). The Band was heard on KFFA in Helena Arkansas.