Sunday, June 9, 2013

Blues From Detroit: Little Sonny

We always hear about Chicago blues, Delta blues, or Texas blues... but not so much about Detroit blues!

In truth Detroit also housed several bluesmen who moved up north from the Southern states such as Mississippi and Tennessee, much like Chicago did. Detroit was the major hub of the automobile industry back in the pre-and post-war era.  However Chicago had a much higher output of musicians and it became the center of the electric blues sound.

They are quite similar in sound and concept, and the most famous of the Detroit bluesmen is John Lee Hooker, but many others such as Baby Boy Warren, Bobo Jenkins, LC Greene, and Little Sonny, had fame.

Here's Little Sonny's debut single from 1958 called 'I Gotta Find My Baby":

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