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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).

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