West Texan Sonny Curtis very well could be the Bo Jackson of songwriting. Instead of excelling in two sports, the 75-year-old Curtis penned two classics that are as divergent as football and baseball.
As a Lubbock sandstorm howled outside his window in the summer of 1958, he wrote “I Fought the Law,” one of the first rock rebellion songs, which was first recorded by the Crickets three months after Buddy Holly died, made famous by the Bobby Fuller Four in 1965, then flagged as a nascent punk song by the Clash.
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Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame
Sunday’s induction ceremony and concert features Sonny Curtis, Ronnie Dunn, Toby Keith, Jack Ingram and Larry Gatlin. (Keith, who is from Oklahoma and performing in honor of the late Roger Miller, will receive an ‘honorary Texan’ certificate from the governor’s office during a private event Saturday.)
When: 7 p.m. Sunday.
Where: ACL Live, 310 W. Second St.
Cost:$39 to $99, tickets available through www.ACL-Live.com.