“The Cats and the Fiddle”, also played with Popeye (Harold Booker)
Jazz guitarist, died in a plane crash outside Lowell airport April 8, 1972, (RIP) played with Popeye (Harold Booker) died November 1987 (RIP) Sonny (Jack) Sorensen died in 1986 of brain cancer (RIP)
Stan (guitar) and Sonny (double bass) also played with Harry Smith (piano) in the 1950s and early 1960s. They were known for may years as “The Cats and the Fiddle” in Western Michigan.
Submitted by Rick Sorensen, son of Stan.
Stan and Sonny played with Harry Smith in a variety of places in Western Michigan in the 1950s, including Konkle’s. They frequently played at the Lena Lou Inn in Ada MI as well. Another place Stan played was called, the Safari Club in Muskegon MI. In 1961-62, he smuggled his 8-9 year old son Randall in to that night club because Si Zentner and his band was playing there and he wanted him to hear them. He was treated like a King and Si even had his trombone section come stand around the four corners of their table to play during one song.
Harry Smith was a brilliant jazz pianist but he had some health issues and by the early 1960s, Stan and Sonny played more and more with African-American pianist Harold “Popeye” Booker. I believe Popeye Booker died in November 1987. After my dad died in 1972, Popeye was a regular at the Fox Head Inn in Ada MI. Harry Smith died in 1970.