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Sonny Thompson (August 22, 1923, Centrevillemarker, Mississippimarker — August 11, 1989, Chicagomarker) was an Americanmarker R&B bandleader and pianist, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Born Alfonso Thompson, he began recording in 1946, and in 1948 achieved two #1 R&B chart hits on the Miracle label - "Long Gone (Parts I and II)" and "Late Freight", both featuring saxophonist Eddie Chamblee. The follow-ups "Blue Dreams" and "Still Gone" were smaller hits.

By 1952 he had moved on to King Records. There, he had further R&B Top 10 successes with the singer Lula Reed, the biggest hit being "I'll Drown In My Tears". He continued to work as a session musician, and to perform with Reed into the early 1960s. He also had success as a songwriter, often co-writing with blues guitarist, Freddie King.


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