The legendary soul singer Sonny Knight died on Saturday, June 17 at the age of 69. Knight had been diagnosed with cancer just earlier this year and was on a break from performing to undergo and recover from chemotherapy. Knight is remembered by many as a powerful vocalist, dynamic entertainer, and an all-around wonderful individual. Since his passing, many friends and fans have been taking to social media to share their grief, as well as memories of the charismatic singer. The following are some heartfelt tributes to the late Sonny Knight.
I've had the joy of working with many awesome folks and this weekend, I heard then news of Sonny leaving us. A got to…
Saddened to hear about Sonny Knight this morning. Such a charismatic front man with command, absolutely no fear, and a…
Sad to hear of the passing of Sonny Knight. A great singer & a kind man—Grateful I had opportunity to write about his talents. RIP, Sonny.❤️ pic.twitter.com/2ikK2fOpMj
— Erik Thompson (@eriktmpls) June 17, 2017
My heart is aching today. Sonny Knight was the man. Pure talent, energy, Soul, one of Minnesota's greatest. And funny…
Heartbroken that we’ve lost Sonny Knight. An incredible voice and talent, and a truly kind-hearted man. I will miss him deeply. pic.twitter.com/cWLNBqbULT
— Andrea Swensson (@SlingshotAnnie) June 17, 2017
RIP Sonny Knight. @BoogalooSonny was the Twin Cities’ true soul man.
— Jon Bream (@jonbream) June 17, 2017
Sonny's recent revival was an inspiration to all Minnesota musicians — he was not only a top notch performer but also a…
— Nate Ryan (@nateryanphoto) June 17, 2017
Rest In Peace Sonny Knight. Glad that Sonny got to be recognized for the great singer that he was in the last few years. A really nice man. Took this 07-19-14 Longfellow Roots, Rock & Blues Festival.
Sonny Knight: RIP. pic.twitter.com/PafklbnG0p
— Jamie Millard (@jjmillard) June 17, 2017
— Mpls Craft Market (@mplscraftmkt) June 17, 2017
We lost another musical treasure. Sonny Knight was the real. Love and thoughts to his family, Gina, Anica, Dutchie. 💜💜💜
— chanceYork (@Chancey_Crunch) June 17, 2017
I loved Sonny Knight. I really did.He made me believe you could do anything, at any age.Thank goodness his dream of…
So sad about Sonny Knight … such an immense talent and a wonderful human being. 😢 https://t.co/yRDV3VLtd8
— Luke Taylor (@LukeTaylorMN) June 17, 2017
— Barb Abney (@BarbAbney) June 17, 2017
Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Sonny Knight. We’re thankful to have had such a talented soul grace our stage. pic.twitter.com/CGXV7dtPXE
— First Avenue (@FirstAvenue) June 17, 2017
— TKA (@KurlandAgency) June 19, 2017
RIP Sonny… it was such a pleasure to work and chat with you, with all the radio interviews and DJing before your live performances. Very inspiring that it was never too late for you.
We mourn the loss of our friend Sonny Knight of @BoogalooSonny and will think of him and his family as we start the festival this week.
— TC Jazz Festival (@tcjazzfestival) June 19, 2017
RIP Sonny Knight
He was a good man.https://t.co/IRkpzRVRNo
— T E K 🌐 (@Tekhiphop) June 17, 2017
— Isthmus (@isthmus) June 17, 2017
We will miss you Sonny. 4 years ago, I had just gotten my first camera, no idea how to use it, and wanted to test my…
So sorry to hear of Sonny Knight’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and bandmates. pic.twitter.com/BP1r0IfGGX
— McNallySmith (@mcnallysmith) June 17, 2017
Oh man, RIP to Sonny Knight. A class act. 💛
— claire de lune (@ClaireMPLS) June 17, 2017
Rest in peace, Sonny Knighthttps://t.co/TFRLJdTIjO
— Fifth Element (@fifthelementRSE) June 17, 2017
We have had the honor and pleasure of playing with Sonny Knight and his band several times over the years. He's always…
— roz (@rozstapasta) June 17, 2017
— Soul Bag (@soul_bag_mag) June 19, 2017
RIP Sonny Knight. Another great Minnesota artist gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/IsEwVbslCX
— Mallory Edwards (@Darl1ngN1kk1) June 19, 2017
— Tim McG Photo (@TimMcGPhoto) June 19, 2017
Thank you Sonny, for all you brought to us and your fans. We were lucky to have you play here. Our condolences to your family, friends and fans.
— Erin Welch (@ErinWelch23) June 18, 2017
Rest in peace Sonny Knight. You made Minneapolis fun. Summer nights won’t be the same without you swinging the stage
— Genetic Drift (@generic_drift) June 18, 2017
I am beyond sad. My Brother in Arms and fellow musician Sonny Knight is dead. RIP Sonny.
— C. Riemenschneider (@ChrisRstrib) June 18, 2017
— Press Junkie PR (@PressJunkiePR) June 18, 2017
Rest in peace forever Sonny Knight. Sincere condolences to family and friends.
He was a damn good showman and a down to earth human being.
— ntrh (@grovelandworld) June 18, 2017
It was an absolute honor and a joy to have worked with Sonny Knight and the Secret Stash Records crew on the Minnesota…
— Dr. Sushi (@DrSushiWMSE) June 18, 2017
RIP Sonny Knight. May you have extracted maximum joy from your late-breaking, all-too-brief turn in the spotlight.
— Doug Dillaman (@dillamonster) June 18, 2017
— chloe (@ChloexAva) June 18, 2017
Thank you, Sonny Knight. You were one of the best. https://t.co/AvIAYYYYFT
— InterStateFC (@InterStateFC) June 18, 2017
Ride on brother. RIP Sonny Knight. His legacy lives on! https://t.co/NFZJCg3iWS
— Corey Medina (@Medz777) June 17, 2017
Sad to hear about Sonny Knight, always put on a hell of a show.
— Dan Doherty (@DangerDoherty) June 17, 2017
Sonny Knight was an incredible artist, an undeniable talent, and a wonderful man. His shows at the Dakota always had…
Peace to the God Sonny Knight of Sonny Knight & The Lakers. Rest easy, Sonny. pic.twitter.com/as217tMTvV
— Foodie Tang (@EgyptoKnuckles) June 17, 2017
Lemme hear you say YEAH! RIP Sonny Knight ♥️https://t.co/z4sevxp0pI
— Leif 🍁 Brostrom (@leiftheviking) June 17, 2017
— Humans Win! (@HumansWin) June 17, 2017
RIP Sonny Knight :( Another musician gone too soon.
— Jenifer Kramer (@ChestnutCrested) June 17, 2017
RIP the the great Sonny Knight. Turn this up. https://t.co/cNP9mq5hAx
— JackW (@Jack_TwoHands) June 17, 2017
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