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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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Known For

The Jerk Blues Singer
Superbad Soundtrack
Loving Soundtrack


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 2016 Loving (performer: "Feel So Good")
 2015 Born to Be Blue (performer: "One Monkey Don't Stop the Show") / (writer: "One Monkey Don't Stop the Show")
  Manhattan (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- Acceptable Limits (2014) ... (performer: "Whoopin' the Blues" - uncredited) / (writer: "Whoopin' the Blues" - uncredited)
 2013 American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Dead (2013) ... (performer: "One Monkey Don't Stop the Show" - uncredited)
  House of Lies (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- The Runner Stumbles (2013) ... (performer: "Fox Chase" - uncredited) / (writer: "Fox Chase" - uncredited)
 2012 House at the End of the Street (performer: "Crazy 'Bout You Baby")
 2011 The Big Something (performer: "Dirty Mistreater, Don't You Know", "Riff and Harmonica Jump")
 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) (performer: "Lost John")
 2009 Good Hair (Documentary) (performer: "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show") / (writer: "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show")
 2008 Physical Graffiti: A Classic Album Under Review (Video documentary) (writer: "Penicillin Blues")
 2007 Superbad (performer: "Dangerous Woman (With A 45 In Her Hand)")
 2006 Austin City Limits (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Van Morrison (2006) ... (writer: "Don't Start Crying Now / Custard Pie")
  Deadwood (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2004) (writer - 1 episode, 2004)
- The Trial of Jack McCall (2004) ... (performer: "God and Man" - uncredited) / (writer: "God and Man" - uncredited)
 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Godfathers and Sons (2003) ... (performer: "If the Blues Was Money", "Got the Blues So Bad")
- The Soul of a Man (2003) ... (performer: "John Henry")
 2003 The Soul of a Man (Documentary) (performer: "John Henry")
 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")
 1988 Arena (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Woody Guthrie (1988) ... (performer: "The Ballad of John Henry")
 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")
  The Old Grey 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")
 1973 Book of Numbers (performer: "I Walk with the Lord", "Blue Boy Holler", "He's Alright", "I'm So Glad", "Blue's Last Walk")
 1972 Cisco Pike (performer: "Wailin' and Whoopin'") / (writer: "Wailin' and Whoopin'")
 1966 Bandstand (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 5 February 1966 (1966) ... (writer: "Fighting A Losing Battle")
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

(January 7 to 14, 1957) He acted in Tennessee Williams' play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," in a Playwrights Company production at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Marjorie Steele (Maggie); Alex Nicol (Brick); Thomas Gomez (Big Daddy); Maxwell Glanville; Musa Williams; Madeleine Sherwood; John Anderson; Mary Bell; Gerri ... See more »

Alternate Names:

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

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

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