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No. 47: ‘I'm Trying to Make London My Home’ – Sonny Boy Williamson (1964)

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  • I'm Trying to Make London My Home’ – Sonny Boy Williamson (1964)

    Mississippi ain’t got nothing on Dulwich

    It’s little wonder the Mississippi bluesman tried to settle in London. ‘The people over here,’ he sings ‘While it’s cloudy they treat you so warm. And so cool. And so kind.’ During the 1960s blues boom, Williamson was treated like a god by London’s awestruck young rock musicians. After recording with The Yardbirds, he accidentally set his hotel room on fire by trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator. Williamson ultimately decided to leave the city after rather more deliberately stabbing a man during a street fight.

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