Liston, Sonny (Charles Liston), 1932-71, American boxer, b. Little Rock, Ark. While serving a sentence for robbery at the Missouri State Penitentiary, Liston became interested in boxing. In 1953 he began his professional fighting career. A hard-hitting heavyweight, he became (Sept., 1962) the world's heavyweight champion after a crushing first-round knockout of Floyd Patterson. He defended his championship in 1963, knocking out Patterson once again, before losing his title to Muhammad Ali in 1964. Losing his return match with Ali in 1965, Liston began a comeback in 1966. His lifetime record was 50 victories (39 knockouts) and 4 losses.

See biography by N. Tosches (2000).

Rollins, Sonny (Theodore Walter Rollins), 1930-, African-American tenor saxophonist and composer, b. New York City. A master of jazz improvisation, Rollins is known for his rich tone, emotional depth, and inventive use of melody, harmony, and rhythm. From 1949 to 1954 he was a sideman on recordings by such bop luminaries as Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Charlie Parker and also composed such now-classic tunes as "Doxy," "Oleo," and "Airegin." Rollins has since led numerous jazz groups and made some 100 recordings; among the most acclaimed are Saxophone Colossus (1956), Freedom Suite (1958), and the Alfie film score (1966). He also has toured extensively, often fusing bop with elements of rock, soul, and other musical styles in ensemble performances, and impressing audiences with his complex improvised solos.

See studies by C. Blancq (1983), E. Nisenson (2000), P. N. Wilson (2001), and R. Palmer (rev. ed. 2004).

Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q is a large barbecue restaurant chain. It was founded by Sonny Tillman in Gainesville, Florida in 1968. Bob and Jeff Yarmuth, franchisees in the Orlando area, purchased the company in 1991 and moved the headquarters to Maitland, Florida. It has 138 restaurants in 9 Southern states.

The menu includes lunch and dinner specials and a children's portion. Lunch and dinner specials may be ordered at any time and the only difference is the portion of food served. Dinner portions contain about half a pound of meat and lunch portions contain about a fourth of a pound of meat. The menu includes sliced pork, pulled pork, sweet & smoky ribs, baby back ribs, barbecue chicken, sliced or shredded beef and smoked turkey. Recently, sweet, mild and sizzlin' sweet chicken wings were added to the menu. The children's menu also includes the option for a hot dog, known as beans & franks, and all portions are significantly smaller than the lunch specials.

Some of the sides include garlic bread, coleslaw, barbecue baked beans, potato salad, soup, okra, corn nuggets, brunswick stew, onion rings, corn-on-the-cob, baked potato, sweet potato, green beans, crinkle-cut fries, cornbread, macaroni & cheese, and a toss salad (not to mention their salad bar). It is also possible to get a bun, buttered toast, dry toast, or plain bread instead of garlic bread for making sandwiches or in place of garlic bread on regular sandwiches and meals.

One of the most popular draws to Sonny's are the signature barbecue sauces which are as follows: smokin', mild, sweet, and sizzlin' sweet. There is also a mustard sauce available for sale and all sauces can be purchased in small bottles or large gallon jugs from most restaurant locations and the official website.

Also during the holiday season Sonny's sells holiday turkeys and hams along with sides that can feed ten people. The turkeys and hams are generally sold from November to the end of December and are available with a 24 hour notice.

Congressional Connection

Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky is a brother of the franchisors and a silent partner in 16 restaurants . Royalties from his interest in the corporation provide most of his personal income. As a result, Yarmuth has pledged to donate his congressional salary to charity.

Franchisee troubles

On September 25, 2008, Greater Atlanta Bar-B-Q (the major Metro Atlanta franchisee of Sonny's) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for ten locations, four of which were closed completely, raising concerns about another restaurant's viability after Metromedia Restaurant Group closed its Bennigan's and Steak and Ale restaurant chains.

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