Sonny Charles to headline Jennings Center scholarship program

| August 5, 2016
Sonny Charles

Sonny Charles

By Anita J. Jennings

A Power Angel on Assignment

FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation along with the Advisory Council of the Albert G. Jennings Center is bringing home our own homegrown Las Vegas entertainer, “Sonny Charles.” of the famous Checkmates on Saturday, Oct, 8,at the McMillen Park Community Center.

The Council is soliciting the public’s financial support in bringing Sonny Charles back to Fort Wayne to entertain for the Jennings Center Scholarship fundraiser. The scholarship program, Teenage Sunday has been held for the past 59 years!  There are not many local programs that have endured the test of times.

This is a special year as Sonny Charles left Fort Wayne 58 years ago and the Teenage Sunday, June 4, 2017, will celebrate 60 years of giving scholarships monies to deserving students in the East Central neighborhood.

After many years as leader of The Checkmates, Sonny Charles moved on to a new phase of his career.

Sonny performed with The Checkmates throughout the United States in various arenas and supper clubs.  The Checkmates was a major lounge act in Las Vegas for years.  Sonny Charles and his partner, Sweet Louie were inducted into the “Casino Legends Hall of Fame” in Las Vegas in 2003.

Sonny Charles has recorded two top ten singles.  “Black Pearl,” produced by the legendary Phil Spector and A&M Records, also the R&B hit, “Put It In A Magazine” on Highrise Records.  “Black Pearl” was the theme song for the Miss Black American Pageant for many years.

Sonny retired The Checkmates name and continued on as a solo performer and featured lead vocalist with the classic rock icon, The Steve Miller Band for seven years.  As a member of The Steve Miller Band, Sonny has entertained concert audiences worldwide.

Sonny Charles recently released his new CD, “Let’s Do It.”  After leaving The Steve Miller Band, his desire to fulfill his lifelong dream of doing “THE SONNY CHARLES SHOW” is becoming reality.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Jennings Center at (260) 427-6700.

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