From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Sonny's Blues

Sonny's Blues

  

by James Baldwin

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

James Baldwin was a preacher from the ages of 14 to 17 (source).

The song "Am I Blue?" that Sonny plays at the end of the story is an actual jazz song that's been covered by Billie Holiday, Ethel Waters, Cher, and Bette Midler, to name just a few.

Charlie Parker, the jazz musician Sonny idolizes, was nicknamed "Yardbird" or "The Bird" (source).

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement