Santino “Sonny” Corleone (The Godfather) Santino “Sonny” Corleone is the oldest son of Don Vito Corleone in Mario Puzo’s 1969 bestseller, The Godfather, which provided the basis of the 1972 major motion picture by Francis Ford Coppola (followed by sequels in 1974 and 1990). Our idea of Sonny is brilliantly captured by James Caan in the role; he is as good-looking, entitled, cocky and brash as we had come to picture him. As the heir apparent to the don, Santino takes his role in the family very seriously. He is a good (if unfaithful) husband and father and loyal supporter of his father. Naturally, adhering to the romantic notion that the Mafia are merely “family” men, Santino is a soft spot when it comes to women and children, which serves his childishly brutal brother-in-law well for a while. Santino is also the reason why the family consigliere, Tom Hagen, had been adopted into the family as a boy. All this notwithstanding, Santino is ever ready to hold up the family’s honor and finances, and no act of violence is too dramatic for him to eschew in this pursuit. It all comes full circle for him while he is acting don; the opposing gangster Barzini’s men ambush him at a toll booth and riddle his body with bullets. And we, the audience, feel true sorrow along with Vito Corleone when he says: “Look how they massacred my boy.”
Song for Sonny Liston - a song by Mark Knopfler
Sonny - a song by A New Found Glory
Sonny - a song by Hayley Westenra
Sonny - a song by Rod Stewart
Sonny Boy - a song by Hank Snow
Sonny Cried - a song by Harry Connick, Jr.
Sonny Say You Will - a song by Alannah Myles
Sam and Sonny go to the Circus (Marlene D Hughes) - A story is about Sam the plumber and his dog Sonny going to a Circus. It is a humorous story suitable for children and recommended for ages 4-8.
Sonny and Sammy (Virginia Wallen) - In Sonny and Sammy, Virginia Wallen tells a heartwarming children's tale about faith, friendship, and the value of forming special relationships with animals. Sonny was once a beloved horse, until he is left in the desert to die by an owner who thinks it is not worth the trouble to keep and feed him. He is found by a little boy, Sammy, and his dad, who live on a nearby ranch. Sammy is lonely since he has no playmates his age, so they take Sonny home, and soon his coat is beautiful and shiny again. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes when Sammy begins to learn to ride Sonny. A poisonous snake causes Sonny to throw Sammy, who is hurt very badly. When he finally comes home, he is bound to a wheelchair; however, Sammy's dad finds a special saddle that allows Sammy to ride horses without falling. They even get a ranch with Sonny and Sammy's initials intertwined. More than an entertaining children's story about a special relationship between a lost horse and a young boy, Sonny and Sammy offers an important life lesson about perseverance in the face of adversity. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Sonny With A Chance #1: Welcome to Hollywood! (Ellie O'Ryan) - Book One in part of a series based on the Disney sitcoms. It’s Sonny Munroe’s first day on the set of the teen sketch-comedy show So Random, and already there is tension brewing. Tawni Hart, So Random’s longest-running cast member and star of the show, is jealous of Sonny’s talent from the start. And when Sonny suggests a new sketch idea that the producer loves, Tawni becomes even more resentful. Will Sonny be able to prove to Tawni that there is enough room on So Random for both of them to shine? Then, Sonny meets Chad Dylan Cooper, the totally cute star of a rival TV show, and things get even more complicated! Recommended for ages 8-12.
Sonny's Dream (Noriko Senshu) - Sonny's Dream: a story which teaches children how to conquer their fear. Sonny, a young grizzly bear, lives happily in Alaska wilderness with his mother, but he has bad dreams - giant red "Monster Fish" swim through his sleep. Sonny's mother teaches him that there is no reason to be afraid, and after hibernating through the winter, Sonny wakes into the green Alaska spring and becomes a grown-up bear. Sonny's Dream shows children how to overcome their bad dreams with the gentle wisdom of Sonny's tale, while bringing the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness vividly to life. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Sonny's House of Spies (George Ella Lyon) - Sonny is only one of the spies at the Bradshaw house in Mozier, Alabama. But as a child he saw a tray full of dinner come flying across the front hall at his father. His mother's aim was dead on. And Daddy's departure promptly followed. Loretta, Sonny's older sister, spies by eavesdropping. As she tells him, "How else am I going to survive in a family tight-lipped as tombs?" But the kids' spying only scratches the surface of what's really going on in this 1950s family in the deep South. While Deaton, the youngest, worries about pirates and vampires, and Uncle Marty, family protector, serves up scripture with every bite at the Circle of Life donut shop, somebody is watching. Somebody unsuspected by Sonny. But at thirteen he knows something's fishy, and he intends to find out what. That's why one Friday after Uncle Marty pays him for dishwashing at the Circle of Life, he sneaks out of town, first by bike and then by bus. Selma, his mama; Mamby; Nissa; Uncle Sink; Aunt Roo; his sister and brother -- nobody from that all-too-serious but often hilarious crew has a clue where he's gone. And even Sonny can't say exactly what he's after, until those tight-lipped tombs start talking, and life in the house on Rhubarb changes for good. Recommended for ages 11-14.
Famous People Named Sonny - Charles "Sonny" Liston (boxer); Salvatore "Sonny" Bono (musician/politician); Paul Joshua "Sonny" Sandoval (from rock band P.O.D.); Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex, musician); Wilfred "Sonny" Siebert (baseball player); Sidney "Sonny" Hertzberg (basketball player); Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen (football player); Sonny James (country musician); Saunders Terrell (aka Sonny Terry, blues musician); Sonny Landreth (blues musician); Sonny Boy Williamson (blues harmonica player and singer); Sonny Boy Williamson II (blues harmonica player and singer); Sonny Black (British acoustic guitarist); Albert "Sonny" Cunha (Hawaiian musician); Joseph “Sonny” Burke (big band leader); Conrad "Sonny" Clark (jazz pianist); George T. "Sonny" Cohn (jazz trumpeter); William "Sonny" Criss (jazz musician); Sonny Fortune (jazz musician); Sonny Greer (jazz drummer with Duke Ellington’s band); Sonny Payne (jazz drummer with Count Basie’s band); Theodore "Sonny" Rollins (jazz saxophonist); Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock (jazz guitarist); Huey "Sonny" Simmons (jazz musician); Edward "Sonny" Stitt (jazz saxophonist)
Famous People Who Named Their Sonny Sonny - Jason Lee (actor); Sophie Ellis-Bextor (musician)