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Sonny Boy Williamson 1 was the first acknowledged blues harmonica soloist on records. He was born in Jackson Tennessee and moved to Chicago in 1934 when he was 20. He starred on recordings and played with every major blues star of the 1930s--almost everything on the Bluebird label. WW2 and unfortunate shellac rationing cut his recording career down, but he was back on top with RCA Victor after WW2. He was killed walking two blocks home from a Plantation Club gig in Chicago to his South Giles Street apartment by a robber in 1948 when he was only 34.