Sonny Del-Rio has been rockin' out his brand of music for over 60 years! He is a Multi Award winning Canadian Blues Saxophonist, his outstanding career includings 5 CD's and covers more than 6 decades.
Sonny is a 3 time winner of The Real Blues Magazine's "Best Blues Sax Player in Canada" Award and nominated through the years for numerous honours at The Hamilton Music Awards including winning "Special Instrumentalist of the Year" in 2005. In 2012 Sonny Del-Rio was awarded the "Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal".
Sonny expresses a musical attitude that began with his first rock and roll band in the 1950's. He was greatly influenced by his lifetime friendship with blues legend King Biscuit Boy. Sonny's authentic sound and unique style continue to win him fans across the country! Now at age 76 everyone agrees Del-Rio sounds better than ever!
Sonny was born Dennis Grasley in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1943. He started playing tenor saxophone in a rock & roll band in 1957, and he just keeps going and going and going. For many years Sonny toured with Richard Newell a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy and Kelly Jay of Crowbar fame! During which time he recorded 2 albums with his life-long friend "don't call me Biscuit" Newell. Sonny and Richard continued to work side by side until King Biscuit Boy's tragic and untimely death in 2003. Earlier in that year they released a CD together titled "Two Hound Blues". Sadly, it was Richard's last recording.
From 1976 to 1983 Sonny played with the hugely popular Ray Materick and Hamilton drummer Jack Pedler. They had a great band featuring Vancouver's John Ogillvie on Electric Cello and Sonny on Sax. They released a critically acclaimed album in 1980.
The 90's featured less touring and more recording sessions while enjoying life on the west coast. Sonny returned to Hamilton in 1998 and released his first solo cd 40 Years of Rock & Roll and All I Got's the Blues" in 2000.
For Christmas 2001 Sonny and record producer Georgie Fab were inspired to give something back to the community they loved. They got together with more than 20 local celebrities including Ian Thomas, the Honorable Lincoln Alexander, Tom Wilson, Nevin Grant and the Mayor of Hamilton for a wonderful CD called "Sonny Del-Rio and Friends Hamilton Hometown Christmas". They donated all profits to local children's charities. This tradition of giving has continued to this day as each year since, Sonny and Friends have hosted their annual "Hamilton Hometown Christmas Show" with all profits going to charity!
In 2020 Sonny released a 2 disc Feature DVD celebrating his "60 years of Rockin' and Rollin' on" a live performance with his current band "The 5 Star Revue". Join in the fun as the 5 stars deliver a rollicking 78 minute live concert featuring Sonny at his best with the delightful and talented Catherine Goodrick on vocals and outstanding performances by Dan Thomas on lead Guitar, Jason Colavecchia on the 6 string fretless bass and rockin' Robin Houston on drums. Plus... "Up Close and Personal with Sonny Del-Rio!" an interview by Kevin Barber about life on the road, his career and his plans for the future. An insightful 31 minute conversation.
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