Historic Markers Across Tennessee

John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson

Marker ID: THC 4D 44
Location: on State Highway 18 0.2 miles south of Caldwell Road, Jackson, TN
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 35° 32.802    W 088° 49.476
  35.5467    -88.8246
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM1TYM


"Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914 - 1948), the music innovator responsible for the acceptance of the harmonica as an authentic blues tool, is buried in old Blair's Chapel CME Cemetery, 5 miles southwest. The most influential blues harmonica player of his day, he made a powerful contribution to American music and is recognized as a master of the blues genre. In his mouth and hands, the harmonica learned to wail and chirp, laugh and cry, in spanking new rhythms and to daring new beats.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.