Snooky Pryor was a true pioneer of the postwar harmonica
blues sound. Born in Lambert, Mississippi on September 15,
1921, James Edward Pryor took up the harp at the age of
14 despite the objections of his minister father, copping
licks from old Sonny Boy Williamson 78's.
Stationed with the army outside Chicago in 1940, Snooky
jammed on weekends with the likes of Sonny Boy and
Homesick James and played on the Maxwell Street scene.
1945 saw his musical career begin in earnest. In 1948, he
made his recording debut with "Telephone Blues" on the tiny
Planet label, now considered one of the earliest postwar
Chicago blues classics