Re: [Harp-L] Willie Dixon Controversy

Don't forget Albert 'Iceman' Collins. I played harp with him a couple of times. Being from Philly, I like to think of Jerry Butler as one of our own. Rice Miller has to be one of the most  influencial American blues musicians in England in the early 60's.  J.B.
 P.S. this Harp-l  makes me think of one of Alecks songs...."Little Village' know the rest. 

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From: IcemanLE@xxxxxxx 

> Back in the day before radio play headed towards a nationwide awareness of 
> artists, Rice Miller took the name Sonny Boy II with the hope to ride up on the 
> coattails of an already established name - Sonny Boy Williamson. He got gigs 
> because of the name recognition. I don't have the exact detailed story 
> regarding this, but do remember reading that Sonny Boy I didn't find out about 
> this until Sonny Boy II started getting some radio play using the name - and 
> Sonny Boy I was none too happy. 
> History is rife with stories like this - taking something that didn't belong 
> to an artist and making it his own without giving proper credit. Hey, maybe 
> those old days were as hard as our new faltering economy in regards to making 
> a living, so people did "what they had to do" in order to survive. 
> Same could be said of "The Iceman" moniker. It is trademarked by the soul 
> singer out of Chicago, Jerry Butler, who calls himself The Ice Man. Although he 
> splits it into two words, I'm quite sure I'll hear from his lawyers if one 
> day I make a hit record using that name. 
> Since I am a poor historian and can not quote my source on the Sonny Boy 
> story, take this remembrance with a grain of salt or hopefully another on the 
> "L" may have more specifics. 

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