His Best (Sonny Boy Williamson II album)

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His Best
His Best Sonny Boy Williamson.jpg
Greatest hits album by Sonny Boy Williamson II
Released May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)[1]
Recorded August 12, 1955 - April 30, 1964[1] at Chess Studios Chicago, Illinois
Genre Harmonica blues, chicago blues, country blues
Label Chess, MCA
Producer Leonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon, Andy McKaie[1]
Compiler Andy McKaie, Dick Shurman[1]
Sonny Boy Williamson II chronology
Portrait of a Blues Man
(1996)Portrait of a Blues Man1996
His Best
Boppin' with Sonny
(1997)Boppin' with Sonny1997

His Best is a 1997 greatest hits compilation album by Sonny Boy Williamson II (real name Rice Miller) released by Chess and MCA Records in May as a part of The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection which released many albums titled His Best for artist such as Bo Diddley, Little Walter, and others.


The album features all three of Williamson's singles that charted on Billboard's R&B Singles chart; "Don't Start Me Talking" (#3), "Keep It to Yourself" (#14), and "Help Me" (#24).[2] The album also features "Bring It On Home" (later covered by Led Zeppelin) and "One Way Out" (covered by Allman Brothers Band).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sonny Boy Williamson II, except where noted.

  1. "Good Evening Everybody" – 2:36
  2. "Don't Start Me Talking" – 2:36
  3. "All My Love in Vain" – 2:51
  4. "Keep It to Yourself" – 2:50
  5. "Fattening Frogs for Snakes" – 2:23
  6. "I Don't Know" – 2:28
  7. "Cross My Heart" (Williamson, Greg Guidry) – 3:24
  8. "Born Blind" – 2:35
  9. "Ninety Nine" – 2:40
  10. "Your Funeral and My Trial" – 2:33
  11. "Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets" – 2:51
  12. "Sad to Be Alone" – 2:59
  13. "Checkin' Up on My Baby" – 1:59
  14. "Down Child" – 2:37
  15. "Nine Below Zero" – 3:30
  16. "Bye Bye Bird" (Williamson, Willie Dixon) – 2:35
  17. "Help Me" (Williamson, Dixon, Ralph Bass) – 3:11
  18. "Bring It On Home" (Dixon) – 2:39
  19. "My Younger Days" – 3:24
  20. "One Way Out" (Williamson, Elmore James) – 2:46


All personnel per Allmusic[1]