Sonny Terry, original name Saunders Terrell, (born October 24, 1911, Greensboro, Georgia, U.S.—died March 11, 1986, Mineola, New York), was an American country blues harmonica player and singer. Blinded in childhood accidents, Terry was raised by musical parents and developed a harmonica style that imitated sounds ranging from moving trains to barnyard animals, often using his voice while playing these effects. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1987.