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Anyone learning about the blues can easily be forgiven for mistaking the identities of two famous blues harmonica players, both named Sonny Boy Williamson. Scholars differentiate the two as Sonny Boy Williamson I (John Lee Curtis Williamson, 1914-1948) and Sonny Boy Williamson II (Alex Miller, 1912-1965). The majority of this exhibit focuses on Sonny Boy Williamson II.

William E. “Bill” Donoghue (1941–2017) was an investment expert and author of an investment newsletter and multiple books, including The New York Times best selling William E. Donoghue’s Complete Money Market Guide. Donoghue’s other major passion was Sonny Boy Williamson II. Using the sobriquet ‘Fessor Mojo, Donoghue gave multiple lectures on his blues hero, authored the book “Don’t Start Me To Talkin’” (1997). He was working on a manuscript and documentary intended to be the authoritative sources on Sonny Boy Williamson II. Bill’s family donated his extensive collection to the Blues Archive earlier this year. The items displayed here represent only a small fraction of this collection.

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