Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson II song)

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"Help Me"
Help Me single cover.jpg
Single by Sonny Boy Williamson II
B-side "Bye Bye Bird"
Released 1963 (1963)
Format 7-inch 45 rpm record
Recorded Chicago, January 11, 1963
Genre Blues
Length 3:07
Label Checker (no. 1036)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Sonny Boy Williamson II singles chronology
"One Way Out" / "Nine Below Zero"
(1962)
"Help Me"
(1963)
"Trying to Get Back on My Feet" / "Decoration Day"
(1963)
"One Way Out"/ "Nine Below Zero"
(1962)
"Help Me"
(1963)
"Trying to Get Back on My Feet"/ "Decoration Day"
(1963)

"Help Me" is a blues standard first recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson II in 1963.[1] The song, a mid-tempo twelve-bar blues, is credited to Williamson, Willie Dixon, and Ralph Bass and is based on the 1962 instrumental hit "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MGs.[1] "Help Me" became a hit in 1963 and reached number 24 in the Billboard R&B chart.[2]

The song was later included on the 1966 Williamson compilation More Folk Blues.[3]. In 1987, "Help Me" was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in the "Classic of Blues Recordings" category.[4] It is featured on many Sonny Boy Williamson greatest hits albums including His Best.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Herzhaft, Gerard (1992). "Help Me". Encyclopedia of the Blues. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press. p. 450. ISBN 1-55728-252-8. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 447. ISBN 0-89820-068-7. 
  3. ^ Chess Records 1509 (1966)
  4. ^ Blues Foundation (November 10, 2016). "1987 Hall of Fame Inductees: Help Me – Sonny Boy Williamson (No. 2) (Checker, 1963)". The Blues Foundation. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 

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