Sonny Payne had the part of his life time as Count number Basie’s drummer. It had been the perfect placement for the hard-driving drummer and he easily fit into flawlessly with pianist Basie and guitarist Freddie Green through the prime many years of Count’s second great music group. The boy of drummer Chris Columbus, Payne researched in early stages with Vic Berton and performed locally. In 1944 he started a professional, using the Dud & Paul Bascomb music group, Hot Lips Web page, Earl Bostic (1945-47) and Tiny Grimes (on / off during 1947-50). Payne spent 3 years (1950-53) using the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and led his personal music group for just two years, but all this really was a prelude to his primary assignment. With Depend Basie during 1955-65, Sonny Payne toured continuously, made an appearance on many traditional recordings and described the band’s drum seat. After departing in 1965, he briefly led a trio, caused Frank Sinatra and had an extended stint with Harry Wayne’ Big Music group (1966-73); James constantly did desire his music group to appear to be Basie’s! In his old age Sonny Payne got a brief second period with Count number (1973-74), toured European countries with Illinois Jacquet and in addition returned to Adam’ orchestra quickly before his loss of life. Sonny Payne hardly ever led an archive time of his very own but was on many Basie information, some by Adam and also a few combo schedules.