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Sonny Rodgers

Biography

b. Oliver Lee Rodgers, 4 Dec 1939, Hughes, Arkansas, USA, d. 7 Might 1990. Rodgers discovered electric guitar from his dad and was inspired by B.B. Ruler, Robert Nighthawk and Muddy Waters. After developing his first music group at age 17, he documented as accompanist to Forest Town Joe Pugh in 1959. 2 yrs later, Rodgers resolved in Minneapolis, starting an extended association with Mojo Burford. He also documented with Lazy Costs Lucas. In the first 70s Rodgers experienced a spell as guitarist in Muddy Waters’ music group, and after some years from music, he created his own music group within the 80s, earning several music honours in Minnesota. His Blue Moon solitary ‘Big Leg Female/Cadillac Blues’ was voted ‘Blues Solitary Of 1990’ within the worldwide W.C. Handy honours. Rodgers only produced one full recording, which was extremely acclaimed on its launch, and tragically coincided along with his loss of life on 7 May 1990, before a tour of the united kingdom.

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Full Name Sonny Rodgers
Died May 7, 1990, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


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Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moonlighting 1988 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Caddyshack II 1988 choreographer
Fame TV Series choreographer - 44 episodes, 1985 - 1987 choreography supervisor - 1 episode, 1987
The New Mike Hammer 1986-1987 TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes
Tall Tales & Legends 1986 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Gimme a Break! 1982 TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Americathon 1979 choreographer
Ringo 1978 TV Movie choreographer
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976-1977 TV Series choreographer - 33 episodes
Celebration: The American Spirit 1976 TV Movie choreographer
Mary's Incredible Dream 1976 TV Movie choreographer
Sammy 1974 TV Movie choreographer
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1973 TV Series choreography - 1 episode
Zenith Presents: A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 TV Special choreographer
Diana! 1971 TV Special choreographer
Swing Out, Sweet Land 1970 TV Movie choreographer
33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 1969 TV Movie choreographer
Elvis 1968 TV Special choreographer
The Soupy Sales Hour 1966 TV Movie choreographer
Hullabaloo 1965 TV Series associate choreographer - 2 episodes

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breakin' 1984 choreographer: musical numbers / stager: musical numbers
The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show 1974 TV Series stager - 16 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fame 1987 TV Series 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show 1977 TV Series 1 episode
Mary's Incredible Dream 1976 TV Movie

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CHiPs 1979 TV Series Dancer
The Helen Reddy Show 1973 TV Series
West Side Story 1961 Loco

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya 1975 TV Series producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
West Side Story: A Place for Us - West Side Story's Legacy 2011 Documentary short Himself
You Write the Songs 1986 TV Series Himself - Choreographer
Elvis 1968 TV Special Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Mary's Incredible Dream (1976)


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