By the time I saw Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee perform together in the 1970s, they were still making great music together, but a rift that had been developing for some time was beginning to take its toll on the dynamic duo. They often argued offstage and by the 1980s they were no longer performing as a duo. Sonny spent his later years living on Long Island and passed away in Mineola, NY, on March 11, 1986. Thankfully, he left behind hundreds of recordings in the pre-blues and early Piedmont blues harmonica styles, as well as a legion of young players, including Phil Wiggins and our good friend Ken "The Rocket" Korb, who have been inspired to carry on the country blues harmonica tradition. Terrell Saunders was a true giant in the history of American music.
Sonny Terry CD: The Folkways Years, 1944-1963
Sonny Terry DVD: Whoopin' The Blues 1958-1974
Little Toby and the Rocket 2011 Reunion on The Long Island Blues Warehouse Show
John Cephas and Phil Wiggins perform at the White House July 1999