Sonny Curtis


Oral History Information

Sonny Curtis is thought to be the first person to have recorded a rock and roll song using the Fender Stratocaster.  The recording date took place in Nashville with his friend Buddy Holly a year before Buddy recorded his first big hit called “That’ll Be the Day.”  In fact, it was Buddy’s guitar Sonny was using because the engineer wanted Buddy to focus on the vocals.  This all took place before Sonny wrote “I Fought the Law” and the TV theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show!