Son Bonds

Abraham John Bond Jr., known as Son Bonds (March 16, 1909 – August 31, 1947), was an American country blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a working associate of Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon. He was similar to Estes in his guitar-playing style. According to the music journalist Jim O'Neal, "the music to one of Bonds's songs, 'Back and Side Blues' (1934), became a standard blues melody when Sonny Boy Williamson I, from nearby Jackson, Tennessee, used it in his classic "Good Morning, School Girl". The best-known of Bonds's other works are "A Hard Pill to Swallow" and "Come Back Home."

Birth and Death Data: Born March 16th, 1909 (Brownsville), Died August 31st, 1947 (Dyersburg)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, kazoo, composer, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-064915 10-in. 9/24/1941 Don't you want to know? Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio vocalist, instrumentalist, kazoo  
Victor BS-064916 10-in. 9/24/1941 You shouldn't do that Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, kazoo, vocalist  
Victor BS-064917 10-in. 9/24/1941 When the saints go marching in Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, kazoo, vocalist  
Victor BS-064918 10-in. 9/24/1941 Black gal swing Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, vocalist  
Victor BS-064919 10-in. 9/24/1941 Get up and go Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio composer, instrumentalist, kazoo, vocalist  
Victor BS-064920 10-in. 9/24/1941 Every time my heart beats Delta Boys Male vocal solo and duet, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, kazoo, vocalist  
Victor BS-064921 10-in. 9/24/1941 80 Highway blues Son Bonds Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and imitation tub bass vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BS-064922 10-in. 9/24/1941 A hard pill to swallow Son Bonds Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and imitation tub bass vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-064923 10-in. 9/24/1941 Come back home (Little girl) Son Bonds Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and imitation tub bass vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, composer  
Victor BS-064924 10-in. 9/24/1941 Lawyer Clark Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and imitation tub bass instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-064925 10-in. 9/24/1941 Little Laura blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and imitation tub bass instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BS-064926 10-in. 9/24/1941 Working man blues Sleepy John Estes Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars and imitation tub bass instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bonds, Son," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110633.

Bonds, Son. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110633.

"Bonds, Son." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110633

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