African Americans on Postage Stamps

Sonny Terry

Folk Musician

32-cent Sonny Terry stamp
The Sonny Terry stamp was issued on June 26, 1998.

Sonny Terry was born on October 24, 1911 in North Carolina as Saunders Terrell. He is most famous for playing the harmonica mixed with a distinct vocal accompaniment. Terry learned to play the harmonica despite a childhood accident that left him almost completely blind. For more than fifty years, Sonny Terry toured the United States playing folk and blues music. His collaboration with guitarist Brownie McGhee produced what the two called “folk-blues” music. Terry died in Mineola, New York on March 12, 1986.

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