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Sonny Curtis (9th May birthday)

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 9:56 am
by john poole
Sonny Curtis - born in Meadow Texas - 9th May, 1937 - teenage friend of Buddy Holly, he played on Buddy’s early demos and sessions for Decca Records; later became a member of the Crickets after Buddy had left Texas (and Norman Petty) for New York in 1958; he’s 80 today, born one day after Thomas Pynchon.

‘Gotta Get You Near Me Blues’ - Buddy Holly & Bob Montgomery (Montgomery’s song) with Sonny Curtis playing fiddle ca 1954/55 - presumably before Elvis came to appear in Lubbock, following which they were converted to rock’n’roll

‘Because You Love Me’ (1955) recorded by Sonny a month after his 18th birthday accompanied by Buddy Holly & Jerry Allison, later issued on bootlegs. One online source suggests Sonny wrote the song, although it is not included in the songlist on his website

‘Midnight Shift’ - an alt take from Buddy Holly’s first session for Decca Records at the beginning of 1956 - Luke McDaniel's song; Sonny played lead guitar with session man Grady Martin - acoustic rhythm
During Buddy’s second Decca session they recorded Sonny’s first rock’n’roll song ‘Rock Around with Ollie Vee’

‘I Fought the Law’ - first recorded by the Crickets as a 1960 LP track, later became Sonny’s most lucrative song - here played at the end of last month in Lubbock with Lloyd Maines (starts around 2:45 after some chat) ... nav-entity

Good lengthy career interview from 1998

New(?) Buddy Holly documentary coming on BBC4 this Friday 10:00 - Sonny is listed amongst the “participants”