Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner

Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica

Date of Birth: March 22, 1932     Bellville, TX

Date of Death:  June 29, 1978     Houston, TX

Place of Burial:  Restlawn Cemetery

                          8400 Block Wheatley Street

                          Houston, TX 77088

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  29° 52' 40" N. / 95° 25' 46" W.


Juke Boy Barner (sic) and Group, Well Baby / Rock With Me, Irma (111)

Call Me Juke Boy / Can't Hardly Keep From Crying, Goldband Records (G-1102)

Yakin' In My Plans / Runnin' Shoes, Blues Unlimited (101)

Houston, The Action Town / My Blues, Arhoolie Records (45-522)

It's A Shame, Shame, Shame / Boone's Farm, Blues Unlimited (102)

The Winds Came / Six Over Ten, Home Cooking (HCS 720)

The One Man Trio, Flyright Records (3501)

I'm Going Back To The Country Where They Don't Burn The Buildings Down, Arhoolie Records (F1036)

The Struggle, Arhoolie Records (ST1045)

Things Ain't Right - The 1969 London Sessions, Sequel Records (NEX CD 209)

Last Live Recording, Lunar #2 Recordings (L2M-2007)

In Person: The Louisiana Blues with the fabulous Weldon 'Juke Boy' Bonner, Storyville (616 005)

     - also as: Bluesscene USA Vol. 2: The Louisiana Blues, Storyville (SLP 177)

American Folk Blues Festival '69 Live! At Royal Albert Hall London, Bellaphon/L+R (CD 42071)

The Legacy Of The Blues vol. 5 Juke Boy Bonner, Sonet (SNTCD 634)

     - also as: The Sonet Blues Story: Juke Boy Bonner, Verve (B0006287-02)

     - also as: The Legacy Of The Blues vol. 5 Juke Boy Bonner, GNP Crescendo (GNPS-10015)

Those Old Happy Days 1960s Blues From The Gulf, Flyright (LP 513)

Houston Ghetto Blues, Flyright (FLY 527)

Weldon 'Juke Boy' Bonner: The Texas Blues Troubadour, Home Cooking (HCS 113)

Juke Boy Bonner: They Call Me "Juke Boy", Ace (CHD 269)

Juke Boy Bonner 1960-1967, Flyright (FLYCD 38)

Juke Boy Bonner: Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal, Arhoolie Records (CD 375)

Juke Boy Bonner: Jumpin' With Juke Boy, Collectables (CD 5275)

Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner: I Live Where The Action Is, Rockin' Blues (LP 1000)

Blues At Kerrville, Silverwolf (CD 1016)

Goin' Down To Louisiana, Ace (CDCHD 821)

Juke Boy Bonner: Ghetto Poet, Arhoolie Records (CD 9040)

Juke Boy Bonner: Nowhere To Run, Blues Factory (BFY 47031)


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