Former rock guitarist Jack Sonni’s varied career
By Diane Peterson
In 1984, after struggling as an artist in New York for a decade, guitarist Jack Sonni was ready to give up on his dream of playing in a famous rock band. “I said, ‘I’m done with it’ … I got accepted to Fordham University to study literature,” he said.
Then Sonni got a phone call from his friend, guitarist Mark Knopfler, who invited him to record an album and tour with his band, Dire Straits. The next day, Sonni flew to Montserrat, a Caribbean island with a recording studio, and then embarked on a world tour with Dire Straits that culminated with Live Aid and a global TV audience of 400 million.