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Sonny Boy Nelson by Sonny Boy Nelson & Mississippi Matilda

Sonny Boy Nelson by Sonny Boy Nelson & Mississippi Matilda

Born Eugene Powell in Utica, Mississippi on December 23, 1908, the child of an interracial affair, Sonny Boy Nelson showed musical abilities early as a child, and was playing the guitar by the time he was seven, and eventually learned to play banjo, harmonica, mandolin, violin, and all manner of horns. Blind in one eye from a childhood accident, Powell was using his stage name by 1936 when he cut six sides in New Orleans for Bluebird Records, with a version of “Pony Blues” among them. That would…

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