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James “Son” Thomas (aka James “Sonny Ford” Thomas) October 14, 1926 – June 26, 1998 thomasSon Thomas was a Mississippi born Delta blues musician who made the rounds of the area’s juke joints before making his first recordings in the late ’60s. A documentary of his life, Delta Blues Singer: James “Sonny Ford” Thomas, was released in 1970. Thomas passed away on June 26, 1998 at the age of 71. His headstone was paid for by John Fogerty
Black and White 16mm documentary film based on fieldwork Bill Ferris conducted with Leland, Mississippi, bluesman and folk artist James "Son" Thomas. Included is footage of Thomas performing at juke houses, his wife preparing dinner, and Thomas making skulls out of clay. The film was made before the advent of 16mm cameras that could take synchronized sound.
Film by Bill Ferris, Josette Ferris Produced by William Ferris, Josette Ferris Cinematographer: William Ferris Sound: Josette Ferris Editing: Josette Ferris Copyright: 1969, William R. Ferris.