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Cuttin' Heads: Sonny Boy Williamson V The Yardbirds

Sonny Boy Williamson's tale of playground love was transformed to fit swinging London by The Yardbirds. But which version is top of the class?

"Hello little schoolgirl! Good morning, little schoolgirl! Can I go home with – can I go home with you?’ The singer, aptly enough, was called Sonny Boy: John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson. It was May 1937, and he was making his first record. It would turn out to be the song most closely associated with him, but it would also become a blues standard, covered by contemporaries such as Smokey Hogg, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and in the next generation by Paul Butterfield and The Yardbirds, and it is still a well-thumbed page in the blues songbook.


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