Son Bonds

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Son Bonds
Also known as "Brownsville" Son Bonds, Brother Son Bonds
Born (1909-03-16)March 16, 1909
Brownsville, Tennessee, United States
Died August 31, 1947(1947-08-31) (aged 38)
Dyersburg, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country blues[1]
Occupations Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, kazoo
Associated acts Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon

Son Bonds (March 16, 1909 – August 31, 1947)[2] was an American country blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a working associate of both Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon, and was similar in his guitar playing style. According to Allmusic journalist, Jim O'Neal, "the music to one of Bonds's songs, "Back and Side Blues" (1934), became a standard blues melody when Sonny Boy Williamson I from nearby Jackson, Tennessee, used it in his classic "Good Morning, School Girl"."[1] The best known of Bonds's other works are "A Hard Pill To Swallow" and "Come Back Home."[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Brownsville, Tennessee,[1] Bonds was also billed on record as "Brownsville" Son Bonds, and Brother Son Bonds.[3][4]

Sleepy John Estes earlier recorded work had used backing from Yank Rachell (mandolin) or Hammie Nixon (harmonica), but by the late 1930s he was accompanied in the recording studio by either Bonds or Charlie Pickett (guitar).[5] Bonds also backed Estes at a couple of later recording sessions in 1941.[6] In reverse, either Estes or Nixon played on every one of Bonds's own recordings.[1] In the latter stages of his career, Bonds played kazoo as well as the guitar on several of his tracks.[7]

According to Nixon's later accounts of the event, Bonds suffered an accidental death in August 1947. While sitting on his own front porch late one evening in Dyersburg, Tennessee, Bonds was shot to death by his short-sighted neighbor, who mistook Bonds for another man with whom his neighbor was having a protracted disagreement.[8]

Discography[edit]

  • Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order (1991) - Wolf Records

This compilation album covered all known material from Bonds, recorded between September 1934 and September 1941.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d O'Neal, Jim. "Son Bonds". Allmusic. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The 50s and earlier". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  3. ^ "BluesCat.com". BluesCat.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Aspects of the blues tradition - Paul Oliver - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 110. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  6. ^ "Son Bonds | Big Road Blues". Sundayblues.org. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ a b Bruce Eder. "Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 1934-41 - Son Bonds,Brownsville Son Bonds,Charlie Pickett | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  8. ^ Hay, Frederick J. (2001). Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. p. 69. ISBN 0-8203-2301-2.