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Encyclopedia > Sonny Terry
Sonny Terry performing live at Nambassa festival 1981. Photographer: Michael Bennetts

Saunders Terrell, better known as Sonny Terry (October 24, 1911-March 11, 1986), was a blues musician. He was born in Greensboro, Georgia on October 24, 1911, and died on March 11, 1986 in Mineola, New York. He was most widely known for his energetic blues harmonica style which frequently included vocal whoops and hollers, and imitations of trains and fox hunts. Image File history File linksMetadata Sonny_Terry_at_the_Nambassa_3_day_Music_&_Alternatives_festival,_New_Zealand_1981. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Sonny_Terry_at_the_Nambassa_3_day_Music_&_Alternatives_festival,_New_Zealand_1981. ... Nambassa is the tribal name of a trust, and a series of large music, counterculture, alternative lifestyle and hippie conceived festivals, held from 1976 to 1981 on large farms around Waihi and Waikino in New Zealand- Aotearoa. ... October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blues music redirects here. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Greensboro is a city located in Greene County, Georgia. ... October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (71st in Leap year). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mineola is the name of several places in the United States of America: Mineola, New York Mineola, Texas This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Wikibooks has a manual, textbook or guide to this subject: Harmonica A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ or mouth harp, French harp, tin sandwich, blues harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass or bronze...


His father, a farmer, taught him to play basic blues harp as a youth. He sustained injuries to his eyes at a young age which eventually prevented him from doing farm work himself. In order to earn a living Sonny was now forced to play music. He began playing in Shelby, North Carolina. After his father died he began playing with Piedmont-style guitarist Blind Boy Fuller. When Fuller died, he established a long-standing musical relationship with Brownie McGhee, and the pair recorded numerous tracks together. The duo became well-known, even among white audiences, as they joined the growing folk movement of the 1950s and '60s. This included collaborations with Woody Guthrie and Moses Asch, producing Folkways Records (now Smithsonian/Folkways) classic recordings. Harp Attack! blues harp album cover Blues harp or cross harp is a technique of playing an ordinary harmonica which originated in the blues, not a type of harp or harmonica. ... Shelby is a city in Cleveland County, North Carolina, United States. ... The Piedmont blues is a type of blues music characterized by a unique fingerpicking method on the guitar in which a regular, alternating-thumb bass pattern supports a melody using treble strings. ... Blind Boy Fuller (born Fulton Allen) was an American blues guitarist and vocalist. ... Walter Brownie McGhee (November 30, 1915 - February 16, 1996) was a folk-blues singer and guitarist, best known for his collaborations with the harmonica player Sonny Terry. ... Woody Guthrie with Guitar Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (July 14, 1912–October 3, 1967), known as Woody Guthrie was an influential and prolific American folk musician noted for his identification with the common man, the poor and the downtrodden, and for his abhorrence of fascism and exploitation. ... Moses (Moe) Asch was the founder of Folkways Records and a key figure in bringing folk music into the American mainstream. ... Folkways Records is a record label founded by Moses Asch. ...


In 1938 Sonny Terry was invited to play at Carnegie Hall for the first From Spirituals To Swing concert and later that year he recorded for the Library of Congress. In 1940 Sonny Terry recorded his first commercial sides. Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 7th Avenue, occupying the east stretch of 7th Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... The Great Hall interior. ...


Despite their fame as "pure" folk artists, in the 1940s, Sonny and Brownie fronted a jump band combo with honking saxophone that was variously called Brownie McGhee and his Jook House Rockers or Sonny Terry and his Buckshot Five. Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ...


Terry was also in the 1947 original cast of the Broadway musical comedy Finian's Rainbow. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Petula Clark in the 1968 Warner Brothers film version Finians Rainbow, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, opened on Broadway in 1947, with Ella Logan and David Wayne in the lead roles. ...


The Beck song 'One Foot in the Grave' off his album 'Stereopathetic Soulmanure' is apparently inspired by Sonny Terry. For other uses, see Beck (disambiguation). ... Stereopathetic Soulmanure is a 1994 album by Beck, released on Flipside Records, comprising mostly home demos, live performances, and abstract noise experiments. ...


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Sonny Terry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (324 words)
In 1938 Sonny Terry was invited to play at Carnegie Hall for the first From Spirituals To Swing concert and later that year he recorded for the Library of Congress.
Despite their fame as "pure" folk artists, in the 1940s, Sonny and Brownie fronted a jump band combo with honking saxophone that was variously called Brownie McGhee and his Jook House Rockers or Sonny Terry and his Buckshot Five.
Terry was also in the 1947 original cast of the Broadway musical comedy Finian's Rainbow.
Sonny Terry-A Biographical Note by Glenn Weiser (578 words)
Sonny Terry, the best-known harmonica player from the Southeast, was born Saunders Terrell in 1911 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Terry also had a part in the 1946 Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, which ran for over 1000 performances (Terry was paid $600 a week for his part-quite a bit of money in those days), and later in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with McGhee.
Terry was by now one the best known and most successful blues harmonica players even though the duo was considered too folky by some fl blues fans.
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