Sonny Is King

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Sonny Is King
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Studio album by
RecordedOctober 26, 1960 & September 1962
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ & New York City
BVLP 1059
ProducerOzzie Cadena/Kenneth S. Goldstein
Sonny Terry chronology
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at Sugar Hill
Sonny Is King
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Sonny Is King is an album by blues musician Sonny Terry recorded and sessions in 1960 and 1962 and released on the Bluesville label.[1][2][unreliable source]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings[4]

AllMusic reviewer Thom Owens stated: "Half of Sonny Is King is devoted to a rare session between Sonny Terry and Lightnin' Hopkins ... but the rhythm section fails to kick the pair into overdrive, and much of the music disappointingly meanders ... That's proven by the second side of the album, where Terry falls into the comfortable setting of duetting with Brownie McGhee. While these aren't among the duo's very best recordings, they are nonetheless enjoyable, suggesting that there's something to be said for the familiar".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Sonny Terry

  1. "One Monkey Don't Stop the Show" – 3:04
  2. "Changed the Lock On My Door" – 3:30
  3. "Tater Pie" – 2:32
  4. "She's So Sweet" – 2:39
  5. "Diggin' My Potatoes" 3:32
  6. "Sonny's Coming" – 2:50
  7. "Ida Mae" – 3:10
  8. "Callin' My Mama" – 2:33
  9. "Bad Luck" – 4:10
  10. "Blues from the Bottom" – 4:17





  1. ^ Jazzdisc: Sonny Terry Catalog accessed October 26, 2018
  2. ^ Both Sides Now: Prestige/Bluesville Album Discography accessed October 26, 2018
  3. ^ a b Owens, Thom. Sonny Terry: Sonny Is King – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Russell, Tony; Smith, Chris (2006). The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. Penguin. p. 639. ISBN 978-0-140-51384-4.