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Sonny Curtis
Born May 9, 1937 (1937-05-09) (age 72)
Origin Meadow, Texas
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1966-1986

Sonny Curtis (born May 9, 1937, in Meadow, Texas) is an American singer and songwriter. Most of his work falls into the Pop and Country genres. He was a teenage pal and band member with Buddy Holly in Lubbock, Texas. Sonny is his actual first name, not a nickname. His song "The Real Buddy Holly Story" was written in response to the inaccuracies in the movie "The Buddy Holly Story."

His most famous song is probably the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, "Love is All Around", which he wrote as well as recorded. [1] He also wrote "Walk Right Back", which was a hit for the Everly Brothers and later for Anne Murray, "More Than I Can Say", first done by Bobby Vee, then Leo Sayer, and "I Fought the Law", which was most famously covered by fellow Texan Bobby Fuller, and was also later recorded by The Clash as well as a version with different lyrics recorded by The Dead Kennedys. Cover versions of "I Fought the Law" have also been performed and/or recorded by Bryan Adams, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Social Distortion, Mike Ness, Hank Williams Jr, Waylon Jennings, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Green Day, The Ramones, Grateful Dead, Stray Cats, Mary's Danish, Mano Negra, the Big Dirty Band, Nonstop Body/Lolita No. 18, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Attaque 77, Die Toten Hosen, Status Quo, Nanci Griffith, The Men They Couldn't Hang and numerous other artists. For the 2003 film, Intermission, Colin Farrell recorded a version of the song, singing it in the guise of his character in the film. Sonny Curtis also co-wrote the 1987 Country Song of the Year "I'm no Stranger to the Rain" recorded by the late Keith Whitley. Other songs he wrote include "The Straight Life" recorded by Bobby Goldsboro and "A Fool Never Learns" recorded by Andy Williams. In 1991, Sonny Curtis was inducted in to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.





Year Album US Country Label
1964 Beatle Hits Flamenco Style Guitar El Records
1968 The 1st of Sonny Curtis 21 Viva
1969 The Sonny Curtis Style Elektra
1979 Sonny Curtis
1980 Love Is All Around
1981 Rollin'
1987 Spectrum Nightlite


Year Single US Country Album
1966 "My Way of Life" 49 The 1st of Sonny Curtis
"Destiny's Child"
1967 "I Wanna Go Bummin' Around" 50
1968 "Atlanta Georgia Stray" 36 The Sonny Curtis Style
"The Straight Life" 45
1971 "Day Gig"
"Girl of the North"
1972 "Lights of L.A." singles only
1973 "Rock and Roll Gave Me the Best Years of My Life"
1974 "Love Is All Around"
"Unsaintly Judy"
1975 "Lovesick Blues" 78
1976 "When It's Just You and Me"
"Where's Patricia Now"
1979 "The Cowboy Singer" 77 Sonny Curtis
1980 "Do You Remember Roll Over Beethoven" 86
"The Real Buddy Holly Story"A 38 Love Is All Around
"Love Is All Around" 29
"Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" 70
1981 "Good Ol' Girls" 15 Rollin'
"Married Women" 33
1985 "I Think I'm in Love" singles only
1986 "Now I've Got a Heart of Gold" 69
  • A"The Real Buddy Holly Story" also peaked at #20 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

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