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Who Is The Most Famous Sonny In The World?

Updated May 20, 2021 454 votes 24 voters 5.4k views55 items

List RulesVote up all of the Sonnys you've heard of.

How many celebrities named Sonny can you think of? The famous Sonnys below have many different professions, including notable actors named Sonny, famous athletes named Sonny, and even musicians named Sonny.

Sonny Bono is certainly one of the most famous Sonnys on this list. One of the famous singer-songwriters named Sonny, he is best known for being half of the duo Sonny & Cher. He later became a politician and served as a Congressman from California from 1995-1998.

Another of the famous people named Sonny is Sonny Rollins. He is a jazz tenor saxophonist. His compositions include “St. Thomas,” “Oleo,” and “Doxy.” Actor Sonny Chiba is another of the famous people called Sonny on this list. 

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    Sonny Bono

    1935-02-16

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (; February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and politician who came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as...  more

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    Sonny Chiba

    1939-01-23

    BirthplaceJapan

    Shinichi Chiba (Japanese: 千葉 真一, Hepburn: Chiba Shin'ichi, born January 22, 1939), also known as Sonny Chiba, is a Japanese actor, singer, film producer, film director, and martial artist. Chiba was...  more
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    Sonny Rollins

    1930-09-07

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7, 1930) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. In a seven-decade...  more

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    Sonny Sharrock

    1940-08-27

    BirthplaceOssining, New York

    Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock (August 27, 1940 – May 25, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist. He was married to singer Linda Sharrock, with whom he recorded and performed. One of few guitarists in...  more
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    Sonny Boy Williamson II

    1912-12-05

    BirthplaceGlendora, Mississippi

    Alex or Aleck Miller (né Ford, possibly December 5, 1912 – May 24, 1965), known later in his career as Sonny Boy Williamson, was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He was an...  more

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    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee

    John Lee Curtis "Sonny Boy" Williamson (March 30, 1914 – June 1, 1948) was an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He is often regarded as the pioneer of the blues harp as a solo...  more

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    Sonny Landreth

    1951-02-01

    BirthplaceCanton, Mississippi, United States of America

    Clyde Vernon "Sonny" Landreth (born February 1, 1951) is an American blues musician from southwest Louisiana who is especially known as a slide guitar player. He was born in Canton, Mississippi, and...  more
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    Sonny Simmons

    1933-08-04

    BirthplaceSicily Island, Louisiana

    Huey "Sonny" Simmons (born August 4, 1933) is an American jazz musician....  more
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    Sonny James

    1929-05-01

    BirthplaceHackleburg, Alabama, United States of America

    Jimmie Hugh Loden (May 1, 1928 – February 22, 2016), known professionally as Sonny James, was an American country music singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". Dubbed the...  more

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    Sonny Clark

    1931-07-21

    BirthplaceHerminie, Pennsylvania

    Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark (July 21, 1931 – January 13, 1963) was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom....  more
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    Sonny Stitt

    1924-02-02

    BirthplaceBoston, USA, Massachusetts

    Edward Hammond Boatner Jr. (February 2, 1924 – July 22, 1982), known professionally as Sonny Stitt, was an American jazz saxophonist of the bebop/hard bop idiom. Known for his warm tone, he was one...  more
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    Sonny Terry

    1911-10-24

    BirthplaceGreensboro, Georgia, United States of America

    Saunders Teddell, or Saunders Terrell (or other variants, sources differ) (October 24, 1911 – March 11, 1986), known as Sonny Terry, was an American Piedmont blues and folk musician, who was known...  more

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    Sonny Payne

    1926-05-04

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Sonny Payne (May 4, 1926 – January 29, 1979) was an American jazz drummer, best known for his work with Count Basie and Harry James....  more
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    Sonny Criss

    1927-10-23

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    William "Sonny" Criss (23 October 1927 – 19 November 1977) was an American jazz musician.An alto saxophonist of prominence during the bebop era of jazz, he was one of many players influenced by...  more
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    Sonny Greenwich

    1936-01-01

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Americas, Hamilton

    Sonny Greenwich, (born January 1, 1936) is a Canadian guitarist. He has played in major Canadian and American cities including a concert at Carnegie Hall. He has performed with musicians such as...  more
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    Sonny Shroyer

    1935-08-28

    BirthplaceValdosta, Georgia, USA

    Otis Burt "Sonny" Shroyer, Jr. (born August 28, 1935) is an American actor who has appeared in various television and movie roles. He is known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Enos Strate in the...  more
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    Sonny Osborne

    1937-10-29

    BirthplaceHyden, Kentucky, United States of America

    Sonny Osborne (born October 29, 1937 in Hyden, Kentucky) is a bluegrass singer and five-string banjo player. A master of the style developed by Earl Scruggs, called the "Scruggs style", he is best...  more
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    Sonny Drane

    1939-03-13
    Sonny Drane (born 13 March 1939) (sometimes erroneously referred to as "Sonny Freeman Drane"), is a German-born woman who was briefly popular as a model in Britain in the 1960s. She was propelled to...  more
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    Sonny Fortune

    1939-05-19

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Cornelius "Sonny" Fortune (May 19, 1939 – October 25, 2018) was an American jazz saxophonist. Fortune played soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, and flute....  more
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    Sonny Red

    1932-12-17

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Sonny Red (December 17, 1932 – March 20, 1981) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer associated with the hard bop idiom among other styles. Sonny Red played with Art Blakey, Curtis...  more
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    Sonny Vincent

    1953-01-01

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Sonny Vincent (born July 7, 1952, New York City, United States) is an American punk rock musician. He has been active since the mid-1970s, when he was part of the New York City punk rock scene with...  more
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    Sonny Sandoval

    1974-05-16

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Paul Joshua "Sonny" Sandoval (born May 16, 1974) is an American singer and rapper. He is best known as co-founder and the lead vocalist of the rock band P.O.D. Over the course of their career, the...  more
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    Sonny Mayo

    1971-07-16

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Sonny Mayo (born July 16, 1971) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and music producer....  more
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    Sonny Charles

    1940-09-04

    BirthplaceFort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

    Sonny Charles (born Charles Hemphill, 4 September 1940) is an American soul singer from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was the lead singer of Checkmates, Ltd. in the 1960s and 1970s, and it is his vocals...  more
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    Sonny Berman

    1925-04-21

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Saul "Sonny" Berman (April 21, 1925 – January 16, 1947) was an American jazz trumpeter. Berman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He began touring at age sixteen and performed with Louis Prima,...  more