Sonny Knight’s website has announced the sad news that he passed away this week at the age of sixty-nine. Sonny was connected to the past and present of Minneapolis music, having performed under his own name (“Little Sonny”) in the seventies before joining the band Haze, and much later enjoying a revival with Secret Stash Records’ flagship group the Lakers.
We were fortunate to meet Sonny a few times during his second or third career as the frontman for the Lakers, and remember him as easygoing, thoughtful and above all gracious. We left our encounters with the impression he deeply appreciated the opportunity to perform, and we were impressed by his insight. Sonny Knight was not only a singer, but also a veteran, a truck driver, and an incredible storyteller. We are all fortunate some of his stories found their way into songs these past several years.