Sonny has been rockin' out his brand of music for over 50 years!! His 4th CD "Welcome To Saxland" has them moving the dining room table and dancing up a storm! And his band is playing to sold out venues everywhere!
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. 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 in a version of Crowbar (Oh What a Feeling, What a Rush), during which time he recorded 2 albums with his life-long friend "donít call me Biscuit" Newell. Sonny and Richard continued to work side by side until King Biscuit Boyís tragic and untimely death in 2003. Earlier in that year they released a CD together titled Two Hound Blues. Sadly it was Richardís last recording.
From 1976 to 1983 Sonny played with the hugely popular Ray Materick (Linda Put The Coffee On) and Hamilton drummer Jack Pedler. They had a great band featuring electric cello and sax. They released a critically acclaimed album in 1980.
The 90ís featured less touring and more recording sessions while enjoying life on the west coast. Sonny returned to Hamilton and released his first solo cd 40 Years of Rock & Roll and All I Gotís the Blues in 1998.
For Christmas 2002 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 and the Mayor of Hamilton for a wonderful CD called Sonny Del-Rio and Friends Hamilton Hometown Christmas. They donated all profits to local childrenís charities.
The future for Sonny looks bright. He continues to write music and perform with several groups often well into the early hours of the morning, or as Sonny would say... "until the last dog is hung"!
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