- T. Dennis Brown
Greer, Sonny (13 December 1885–23 March 1982), jazz drummer, was born William Alexander Greer, Jr., in Long Branch, New Jersey, the son of William Alexander Greer, an electrician for the Pennsylvania Railroad. His mother (name unknown) was a seamstress. Greer was first attracted to playing as the result of his contact with Eugene “Peggy” Holland, a drummer, singer, and dancer with J. Rosamond Johnson’s touring vaudeville show. His few lessons with Holland (bartered for pool-shooting tips by Greer) provided him with the basic tools he needed to teach himself drums....