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Sonny Terry (1911–1986)

Sonny Terry was born on October 24, 1911 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA as Saunders Terrell. He died on March 11, 1986 in Mineola, Long Island, New York, USA. See full bio »

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 2012 House at the End of the Street (performer: "Crazy 'Bout You Baby")
 2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (performer: "OLD LOST JOHN") / (writer: "OLD LOST JOHN")
 2009 True Blood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Keep This Party Going (2009) ... (performer: "One Monkey Don't Stop The Show" - uncredited)
 2009 Ghost Bird (Documentary) ("Lost John")
 2009 Good Hair (Documentary) (performer: "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show") / (writer: "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show")
 2008 Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti - A Classic Album Under Review (Video documentary) (writer: "Penicillin Blues")
 2007 Superbad (performer: "Dangerous Woman (With A 45 In Her Hand)")
 2002 Gangs of New York (arranger: "New Careless Love") / (performer: "New Careless Love")
 1991 Dogfight (performer: "GUITAR HIGHWAY")
 1991 Highway 61 (performer: "Big Wind is a Comin'")
 1990 A Matter of Degrees (performer: "Blue Feeling")
 1986 Crossroads (performer: "WALKIN' BLUES") / (writer: "WALKIN' BLUES")
 1985 The Color Purple (writer: "I Ain't Gonna Sing No Mo" - as Saunders Sonny Terry)
 1979 The Jerk (performer: "Pick A Bale Of Cotton")
 1977 Stroszek (performer: "Old Lost John") / (writer: "Old Lost John")
  Whistle Test (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1973)
- Episode dated 17 July 1973 (1973) ... (performer: "That's Why I'm Walking", "Sonny's Things", "Walk On") / (writer: "That's Why I'm Walking", "Sonny's Things", "Walk On")
 1972 Cisco Pike (performer: "Wailin' and Whoopin'") / (writer: "Wailin' and Whoopin'")
 1965 Dave's Place (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (1965) ... (performer: "Midnight Special", "Talking Harmonica Blues", "Pick Bale O' Cotton")
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Other Works:

CD (with Brownie McGhee): "Blowin' the Fuses - Golden Classics" (VCL) See more »

Alternate Names:

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee | Saunders 'Sonny' Terry | Saunders Sonny Terry

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Pictured on one of a set of four 32ยข US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, issued 26 June 1998, celebrating "Folk Musicians".

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