taught himself guitar at the age of 15, and only just over a year
later, he auditioned and was chosen to Lead guitar player for the
West End musical and played with Elvis's original Band including
scotty Moore The Jordanaires DJ Fontana as part of the forever Elvis
toured the world and made some TV appearances.
left the show to pursue his career as a solo artist. Sonny
formed his own band at the age of 18; Sonny West and the
Kings. He wrote and arranged all the music.
One year later he started record label Crown Records and
issued his first release
Wild Guitar. It was the fastest selling independent UK album
released that week and sold out on pre-orders, now considered a
collectors item. Sonny
did gigs in the UK and across Europe and America and went to New
York backed by the Quakes, he then returned and continued to
play live UK to Europe and USA.
the age of 20, he was then managed by Tom Ingram and played along
with all the rock 'n' roll greats at the Wembley rock n roll stage
show. With that success he was the only artist to be asked to play
the second one rock 'n' roll show the following year. Sonny
toured and played guitar with Fats Domino and recorded two albums
with Linda Gail Lewis, and went to play guitar for the big town
playboys and recorded an album with them.
played guitar for the Metrotones.
Whilst continuing to gig with
Sonny West and the Rhythm Kings appeared internationally with people
like Ronnie Dawson Charlie feathers Ronnie Dawson and
most of the original pioneers of rock 'n' roll music in the UK and
1990 Sonny then signed to Nervous Records and recorded his second
album with Roy Williams and Eastern Stars records producer Alan
1991 Sonny West and the Rhythm Kings split before the release of the
second album to concentrate on his career as a songwriter and became
a session guitar player.
a session guitar player, Sonny started working on different projects
with the top producers including Cameron Craig, who was producing
Tina Turner's album prolific songwriter and has written TV music
also taught jazz at the Islington Arts Factory. Sonny
then started the Voodoo Vendors and went on tour with Lonnie Donegan
and played all the major blues festivals in the UK and Europe. He
played and toured with Gino Washington, Sir Bob Geldoff and the
Blockheads amongst others.
then put his music aside to concentrate on business as an
entrepreneur. He opened a successful champagne bar and also a music
restaurant in the heart of Camden Town featuring artists like Amy
Winehouse and James Hunter and many more touring international
states. Also liaised with TV a.m. Organising conducting interviews
with Touring artists. Following that success he
entrepreneur, he opened restaurants and champagne bars and restored
and build properties and built a portfolio and owns
and residential property in London. Sonny
owned a vintage motorcycle shop in London where he restored and
repaired classic and vintage motorcycles. He worked with the
science museum On old British and American motorcyles, restoring and
shipped motorcycles of historic interest all across the world.
then started a new musical project called the Congo Faith Healers
where he writes and performs all the music. The Independent newspaper
list them as the top act to see when visiting London the
royal Albert Hall asked them twice to play and in Trafalgar
Square to close in the West End live festivals
will also voted The BBC gods juke box as band of
play all around the world and toured with with Katie
Razorlight and are currently working with Rolling Stones producer
has his own studio and is currently semi retired and lives with his
children at his home seaside town in the UK.His
hobbies are motorcycles and his guitar collection. He privately owns
some of the rarest Gretsch guitars on the planet.He
is a self made millionaire but has not lost his working class
May this year Sonny went back to his roots with the new rock 'n' roll
album, his first one in 26 years, which he has written and produced
in Hollywood California USA for Wild Records. He will be headlining
and performing worldwide including the biggest rockabilly festival on
the planet on the Friday night in Las Vegas. Sonny is keeping busy in
the studio, recording and writing and he will be out touring in 2018.