Sonny Jones (April 15, 1931 – December 17, 1989) was an American
New Orleans blues singer and songwriter. Over his lengthy career, Jones
worked with various blues musicians, most notably Fats Domino.
He is not to be confused with fellow blues musicians, Little Sonny nor
Little Sonny Warner.
He was born Johnny Jones in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, and
started singing professionally in the late 1940s. He befriended
Fats Domino and, whilst working together,
was given his nickname by Domino. In 1953 he released his debut single, 'Do
You Really Love Me' / 'Is Everything Allright?', on Specialty. Jones
recorded a further four songs for Imperial in 1954, which were produced by
Dave Bartholomew, but all releases failed to find a commercial market. His
connection with Domino endured and, up to 1961, Jones remained as Domino's
opening act. Jones tracks included the blues standard, 'Farther Up the
Jones was employed as the vocalist by a New Orleans based band led by the
brothers, David and Melvin Lastie, until the late 1960s. Jones also had
regular employment at a sugar factory. He returned to the recording studio
in 1975, and issued his album, New Orleans R&B Gems, initially on the
Netherlands based Black Magic label. With contributions from veteran
musicians including Dave 'Fat Man' Williams, the record faithfully copied
the R&B style and sound of the 1950s. It was re-issued in 1995 by Black Top.
Jones was a regular performer at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
In December 1989, Jones died of heart failure in New Orleans, at the age of