Sonny Curtis was born in a dugout May 9, 1937 about seven
miles east of Meadow, Texas in Terry County.
He was the second youngest of six children born to struggling cotton
farmers during the devastating Dust Bowl era.
Sonny learned to play before his fingers could reach across the neck
of the guitar; he just played on the four high strings. He joined
his older brothers, Pete and Dean, to pick at local radio stations,
jamborees, and other events.
He was a teenage friend and band member with Buddy Holly in
Lubbock, Texas. Although he had gone on the road with other
musicians by the time Buddy Holly put together the Crickets in 1957,
after Holly's death Curtis joined the Crickets as lead singer
and guitarist in 1959.
In 2007, Curtis was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and
Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, as a member of the Crickets. In
2012, Curtis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a
member of the Crickets by a special committee, in order to make
amends for having been rebuffed when the Crickets were not included
with Buddy Holly when he was first inducted in 1986.
With a successful career as a singer, songwriter, musician and
entertainer, Sonny Curtis is one of those rare artists who helped
shape the course of American music and still plays a role in its
direction today. Sonny and his wife, Louise, live near Nashville,
where he continues to be active in the music business and tour with
The Crickets, J.I. Allison and Joe B. Mauldin.
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