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Sonny Curtis

Biography

Sonny Curtis was involved with nation music for more than 40 years, composing tracks recorded by many stars, included in this the Everly Brothers, Hank Williams, Jr., and also Bing Crosby. He was created and elevated near Lubbock, Tx, and began executing as a teenager on regional radio, playing fiddle on the favorite Pal & Bob present, which highlighted an up-and-coming Pal Holly. Waylon Jennings was also a DJ on the place, and together each of them performed at the city cinema during intermissions. Curtis became a member of Holly’s music group, the Three Music, in 1956 like a fiddler, guitarist and sang back again; once the group visited Nashville to record with famed maker Owen Bradley, they documented among Curtis’ tunes, “Rock and roll Around with Ollie Vee.” Ultimately, Curtis amicably remaining Holly and started touring with Thin Whitman prior to making his single debut in 1958 using the solitary “Wrong Once again.” After Holly’s tragic loss of life in 1959, his music group, the Crickets, asked Curtis to be their business lead guitarist and vocalist. He was drafted in 1960 and stationed in Fort Ord, where he penned the track “Walk BACK,” a significant strike for the Everly Brothers in 1961 and later on popularized by Andy Williams, Perry Como, and Anne Murray. Despite a string of mid-range strikes including “My Life-style,” “Atlanta Georgia Stray,” and “The Right Existence,” Curtis experienced his greatest achievement like a songwriter. One of is own best-known & most documented tunes was “I Fought regulations,” which includes been carried out by artists just like the Bobby Fuller Four, the Clash, and Lou Reed. He also published the theme track for The Mary Tyler Moore Display, “Love Is THROUGHOUT,” which became a high 30 strike on the united states charts. In the first ’90s, Curtis also published the theme track to it show Evening Color. In the first ’80s, he and two previous Crickets, Joe B. Maudlin and Jerry Allison, reunited and performed with Waylon Jennings’ display. He had a high 15 solitary with “Great Ole’ Young ladies” for Elektra in 1981, accompanied by “Wedded Females,” which managed to get to the very best 40. He produced his final graph entrance in 1986 using the minimal hit “Today I’ve Got a Center of Silver.” Curtis also produced a name for himself being a industrial jingle vocalist/songwriter, and continuing writing country tunes for artists such as for example Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, and John Schneider. In 1991, he was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Popularity from the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sonny Curtis
Profession Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Music Songs I Fought the Law, Love Is All Around, Walk Right Back, Rock Around With Ollie Vee, The Real Buddy Holly Story, Cowboy Singer, DO YOU REMEMBER ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN, A Beatle I Want to Be, Talk About My Baby, NOW I'VE GOT A HEART OF GOLD, I LIKE YOUR MUSIC, IT'S NOT EASY BEING FIFTEEN, THE STRAIGHT LIFE, Ringo's Theme, You Made My Life a Song, The Clone Song, A Pretty Girl, Eager for the Edge, She Loves You, Do You Want to Know a Secret, Ballad for a Beatle, Monetta, Little Child, Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover, MORE THAN I CAN SAY, Wild Side of Life
Albums Beatle Hits Flamenco Guitar Style, The Crickets and Their Buddies, Love Is All Around, Sonny Curtis, Red Headed Stranger


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#Fact
1 Curtis wrote "I Fought the Law", a hit for The Bobby Fuller Four in 1965. In 1966 Fuller was found dead in his car, parked outside an apartment building in Hollywood, CA. The building was one that Curtis used to live in.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mafia III 2016 Video Game writer: "I Fought The Law" - uncredited
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Masterminds 2016/I writer: "I FOUGHT THE LAW"
History of the Euros 2016 TV Movie documentary writer: "I Fought the Law" - uncredited
Orphan Black TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Motive 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sing Street 2016 writer: "I Fought the Law"
Christine 2016/I performer: "Love Is All Around" / writer: "Love Is All Around"
Daddy's Home 2015 writer: "More Than I Can Say"
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "More Than I Can Say"
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
St. Vincent 2014 writer: "I Fought The Law"
Tatort 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
RoboCop 2014 writer: "I Fought the Law"
The Love Punch 2013 lyrics: "I Fought the Law" - as Curtis / music: "I Fought the Law" - as Curtis
Gila! 2012 TV Movie lyrics: "Walk Right Back" / music: "Walk Right Back"
The Brass Teapot 2012 writer: "I Fought The Law"
Unforgettable: The Sweeney 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "I Fought the Law" - uncredited
Hawaii Five-0 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009-2011 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Killer Elite 2011 writer: "I Fought The Law"
The Help 2011 writer: "Walk Right Back"
Glory Daze 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Good Guys 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Skull 2010 Short writer: "I Fought the Law"
En ganske snill mann 2010 writer: "I Fought the Law"
Ashes to Ashes 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Donkey Xote 2007 writer: "I Fought the Law"
The Hunting Party 2007 writer: "I Fought the Law"
Crossing Jordan 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Firehouse Dog 2007 writer: "I Fought the Law"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary writer: "I Fought The Law"
Gone 2006/VI writer: "I FOUGHT THE LAW"
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie 2006 performer: "I Fought the Law" / writer: "I Fought the Law"
A Good Year 2006 writer: "Walk Right Back"
She's the Man 2006 writer: "Love Is All Around"
Aurora Borealis 2005 performer: "Love Is All Around" / writer: "Love Is All Around"
Man of the House 2005/I writer: "I Fought the Law"
Real Wild Child: Joan Jett Music Video Anthology 2003 Video writer: "Love Is All Around"
The Simpsons TV Series 1 episode, 2003 writer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 2003
Intermission 2003 writer: "I Fought the Law"
Dawson's Creek 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Live! 2001 Video writer: "Love Is All Around Mary Tyler Moore Theme"
Freddy Got Fingered 2001 writer: "I Fought The Law"
Attachments 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Family Guy 2000 TV Series music - 1 episode
The '70s 2000 TV Movie writer: "Love is All Around - Theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show" - uncredited
Mary and Rhoda 2000 TV Movie writer: "Love Is All Around"
Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999 writer: "Love Is All Around"
7th Heaven TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Union Square 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Life 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1993-1994 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Reckless Kelly 1993 writer: "I Fought The Law"
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 writer: "I FOUGHT THE LAW"
The Wonder Years 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cheers 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miami Vice 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Arena TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 1984 - 1985 performer - 1 episode, 1985
The Midnight Special 1980 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Convoy 1978 writer: "Walk Right Back"
The Buddy Holly Story 1978 writer: "Rock Around with Ollie Vee" - uncredited
Mary Tyler Moore TV Series performer - 168 episodes, 1970 - 1977 writer - 168 episodes, 1970 - 1977
Badge '69' 1974 writer: "I Fought the Law" - uncredited
The Brothers O'Toole 1973 performer: "Molly Be Damned"
Lulu's Back in Town 1968 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet 1965 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Love and Kisses 1965 lyrics: "Love and Kisses", "Say You Love Me" / music: "Love and Kisses", "Say You Love Me"
Poor Little Rich Girl 1965 writer: "Walk Right Back"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Just for Fun 1963 writer: "My Little Girl"
Buffalo Gun 1961 writer: "Someday"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Evening Shade TV Series theme - 21 episodes, 1990 - 1991 composer - 2 episodes, 1990
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour 1979 TV Series composer - 1 episode
Mary Tyler Moore TV Series composer - 168 episodes, 1970 - 1977 performer - 168 episodes, 1970 - 1977
Mooch Goes to Hollywood 1971 TV Movie singer: title song

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sing a Country Song 1973

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadcast News: James L. Brooks - A Singular Voice 2011 Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wine Dancing 2015 Himself
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - The Crickets
The Final Day 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Rökrock - The Non-History of Rock'n Roll 1990 TV Movie documentary
Arena 1985 TV Series documentary Himself - songwriter
Ready, Steady, Go! 1964 TV Series Himself
Just for Fun 1963 Himself (as The Crickets)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992 BMI TV Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Evening Shade (1990) · Snuff Garrett
· Clarke Rigsby
· Kevin Stoller


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