The life and legacy of Sonny Knight

by

secretstash_6
Sonny Knight (MPR photo/Nate Ryan)
Play/Pause
Listen:
The life and legacy of Sonny Knight
Download MP3
| 00:59:13

Sonny Knight was a powerful force in the Twin Cities music community, with a career that spans over 50 years of soul music.

From his days as a teenager recording a 45 as Little Sonny Knight to the more recent years he spent storming stages with his band the Lakers, he was an integral part of laying the groundwork for the Minneapolis Sound and carrying it forward for a new generation. News of his passing last week left the community shocked and saddened.

In this hour-long tribute to the life and legacy of Sonny Knight, you'll hear music from throughout his career — from the 45 he recorded in 1965 to the more recent material he created during his beautiful second act, including live performances recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater and the Current. And you'll hear some of Sonny's own memories, which he shared during his multiple visits to our studios over the past four years.

For more on Sonny Knight's life story, you can also read this in-depth interview I did with him in 2015.

Related Stories

  • Soul singer Sonny Knight dies at age 69 Secret Stash Records has announced the death of the soul singer, who in March had suspended his tour following a cancer diagnosis. Sonny Knight enjoyed a late-career revival, thanks to support from local record label and collective Secret Stash and his fiery horn-fueled band the Lakers.
  • Sonny Knight and the Lakers perform in The Current studio In support of their new album 'Sooner or Later,' Sonny Knight and the Lakers stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of 'The Local Show.'
  • The Secret Stash Soul Revue The Current is thrilled to share highlights from the Secret Stash Soul Revue, which took place at the Fitzgerald Theater last month. The show featured Sonny Knight, along with a wide range of special guests.
  • Sonny Knight and the Lakers team up with James Brown's band members Jabo Starks and Fred Wesley On the suggestion of their booking manager, Sonny Knight and the Lakers have been collaborating on some shows with Jabo Starks and Fred Wesley, the drummer and trombone player, respectively, from James Brown's band. 'James Brown has always been an inspiration to me,' Knight says. 'And these guys lay down the funk so well, it just makes it right.' The entire ensemble visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Bill DeVille.
  • Sonny Knight and the Lakers perform live at the Minnesota State Fair Sonny Knight and the Lakers joined Mark Wheat for a live performance from the MPR booth on the corner of Judson and Nelson at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • Sonny Knight and the Lakers perform live in the Current studios This world isn't fair, but every once in a while, good things happen to good people - and that's definitely the case with Sonny Knight, the Minnesota soul music veteran who's reaching a new career peak in his mid-60s.