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This article is about the name. For American restaurant chain, see Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q. For the 2002 film, see Sonny (film).

Sonny is a common nickname and occasional given name which may refer to:



Jazz musicians[edit]

Other musicians[edit]

  • Albert "Sonny" Cunha (1879-1933), Hawaiian composer
  • Sonny Black, English singer/songwriter born William Boazman
  • Salvatore Philip Bono, better known as Sonny Bono (1935-1998), American singer, record producer and politician
  • Edwin Sonny Chillingworth (1932-1994), slack-key guitar player from Hawaii
  • Sonny Emory (born 1962), freelance touring and studio drummer
  • Sonny James (born 1929), stage name of American country music singer James Hugh Loden
  • Sonny Kay, founder of the record label Gold Standard Laboratories
  • Sonny King (singer) (1922-2006), American lounge singer born Luigi Antonio Schiavone
  • Sonny Landreth, American blues guitar player
  • Sonny Moore, better known as Skrillex, American songwriter and electronic music producer
  • Sonny Fredie Pedersen, Danish musician and actor
  • Clyde Sonny Sandoval (born 1951), lead singer of rock band P.O.D.
  • Sonny Terry (1911-1986), blind American blues musician born Saunders Terrell
  • Sonny Boy Williamson I a.k.a. John Lee Williamson (1914-1948), blues singer and harmonica player
  • Sonny Boy Williamson II a.k.a. Aleck Ford "Rice" Miller (c.1912-1965), blues singer and harmonica player


  • Ralph Sonny Barger (born 1938), founding member of the original Oakland, California, chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club
  • Sonny Flood (born 1989), English actor who plays Josh Ashworth on Hollyoaks
  • John Franzese, Sr. (born 1917), underboss of the Colombo crime family
  • George Sonny Perdue (born 1946), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Governor of Georgia
  • Harold G. White, mechanical engineer, aerospace engineer, and applied physicist

Fictional characters[edit]


  • Sonny, an Irish version of the Ron Hynes folk song

See also[edit]