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StoryCorps Atlanta: A Life Of Jazz From Hollywood To New Orleans

Sonny Helmer reminisced with his friend, Norah MacLeod, in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.
Sonny Helmer reminisced with his friend, Norah MacLeod, in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.
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When Sonny Helmer was growing up in the frigid Minnesota winters, he played and dreamed of hot jazz. A Naval ROTC scholarship landed him in sunny California where things really began to take off.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, the now 85-year-old told friend Norah MacLeod about some candid times from Hollywood Boulevard to Bourbon Street.  

In a special web-extra. Sonny recalls a time where he was hired – and tricked – by the one and only Jackie Gleason in Miami.

You can also find Sonny’s autobiography, “Everything Happens to Me!: The Almost Famous Sonny Helmer Story,” here

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