Sonny Charles, was the band leader of the Las Vegas hall of fame act, "The Checkmates"
Sonny recorded top 10 hit song "Black Pearl" produced by the legendary Phil Spector for A&M records.
Sonny also recorded soul hit"Put It In A Magazine" for Highrise records.
Songwrighting credits include...." TheTemptation Walk" recorded by the "Lettermen" a popular recoreding group of the 60s
Also the "Temptation Walk" was recorded by Woody Herman"s big band
Sonny"s song was "Would you like to ride" was featured on the "Coach Carter movie sound track cd
Sonny along with Mike Jarrett wrote the Elvis Presley single "I'm Leavin"
Sonny Charles is currently performing as a member of the Steve Miller Band