13 Facts About Sonny Sharrock


Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock was an American jazz guitarist.


Sonny Sharrock was married to singer Linda Sharrock, with whom he recorded and performed.


One of only a few prominent guitarists who participated in the first wave of free jazz during the 1960s, Sharrock was known for his heavily chorded attack, highly amplified bursts of feedback, and use of aggressive sustain to achieve saxophone-like lines on guitar.


Sonny Sharrock was born in Ossining, New York, United States.


Sonny Sharrock began his musical career singing doo wop in his teen years.


Sonny Sharrock collaborated with Pharoah Sanders and Alexander Solla in the late 1960s, appearing first on Sanders's 1966 album, Tauhid.


Sonny Sharrock made several appearances with flautist Herbie Mann, and an uncredited appearance on Miles Davis's A Tribute to Jack Johnson.


Sonny Sharrock wanted to play tenor saxophone from his youth after hearing John Coltrane on Davis's Kind of Blue on the radio at age 19, but his asthma prevented this.


Three albums under Sonny Sharrock's name were released from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s: Black Woman, Monkey-Pockie-Boo, and an album co-credited to Sonny Sharrock and his wife Linda, Paradise.


At producer Bill Laswell's urging, Sonny Sharrock came out of retirement to appear on Material's 1981 album, Memory Serves.


Sonny Sharrock was quoted as saying that this was his favorite band ever, with Abe Speller on percussion, Lance Carter on drums, Charles Baldwin on bass and David Snider on keyboards.


On May 25,1994, Sonny Sharrock died of a heart attack in his hometown of Ossining, New York, on the verge of signing the first major label deal of his career.


Sonny Sharrock was inducted into Ossining High School's Hall of Fame.