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Poets and Prophets: Salute to Sonny Curtis 

When: Sat., Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m. 2012
One of the great 1950s rockers, Sonny Curtis continued to make his mark as a songwriter and guitarist during the reign of The Beatles in the succeeding decade. Born in Meadow, Tex., in 1937, Curtis wrote "Rock Around With Ollie Vee," a 1956 Buddy Holly single. After Holly's 1959 death, Curtis joined the singer's band, The Crickets, as singer and guitarist. They recorded Curtis' "I Fought the Law," which became a rock classic after The Bobby Fuller Four cut it in 1965. The Clash covered it in 1979, and by that time Curtis had penned such indelible songs as "The Straight Life" and "Love Is All Around," the theme for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Curtis also made the 1964 album Beatle Hits Flamenco Guitar Style — a fascinating curio of Beatlemania. A Nashville resident since 1976, Curtis has written country hits for Webb Pierce, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs.
— Edd Hurt

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