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 16, 1909 (Brownsville), Died August 31, 1947 (Dyersburg)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca C 9444 10-in. 9/11/1934 Trouble trouble blues Hammie and Son vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca C 9445 10-in. 9/11/1934 Tennessee worried blues Hammie and Son vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  


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