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Friday, 1 May 2015

Sonny James born 1 May 1929

James Hugh Loden (born May 1, 1929), known professionally as Sonny James, is an American country music singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love". Dubbed the Southern Gentleman, James had 72 country and pop chart hits from 1953 to 1983, including a five-year streak of 16 straight among his 23 No. 1 hits. Twenty-one of his albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Born James Loden on May 1, 1929, he began performing with his show-business family at the age of three and played with his four sisters as the Loden Family while in his
teens. The group appeared around the South and on radio shows like the Louisiana Hayride and Saturday Night Shindig. After spending time overseas during the Korean War, Loden took Sonny James as his stage name -- after his teenage nickname -- and joined the local bar circuit. He met and played with Chet Atkins, who later got him a tryout with Capitol Records. The label liked what it heard and offered James a contract. 

His first single, "That's Me Without You," hit the country Top Ten in early 1953, but it was three years before "For Rent (One Empty Heart)" became his second big hit. James, who played guitar on virtually all of his records, followed up with two 1956 Top Ten near-misses "Twenty Feet of Muddy Water" and "The Cat Came Back." His next single became his biggest hit: "Young Love" spent nine weeks at number one during 1956-1957 and crossed over to top the pop charts also.

Beginning in 1957, James began to focus his attention on the popular charts. "First Date, First Kiss, First Love" made the Top 25, but no follow-up placed as high. Several of his failures had still managed to go Top Ten on the country charts, so James returned to country with a vengeance in 1964. "You're the Only World I Know" hit number one country late that year and spent four weeks atop the chart.

That began some of the greatest years country music has ever known: 21 of his next 25 singles hit number one (and the other four near-misses hit either two or three). James completely dominated the chart from 1964 to 1972, though only several singles crossed over for modest placements on the popular charts. That fact is somewhat surprising, since three-quarters of James' number ones had previously been pop hits. Backed by his Southern Gentlemen band, James toured the country and overseas, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, Hee Haw, and The Bob Hope Show, and made several movies. Billboard named him the Number One Artist of 1969.

Even after James' number one streak ended in January 1972, he continued to place high on the charts. The number two "Only Love Can Break a Heart" (a pop hit for Gene Pitney ten years earlier) was followed by the number ones "That's Why I Love You Like I Do" and -- after moving to Columbia in mid-1972 -- "When the Snow Is on the Roses." James' next chart-topping single, "Is It Wrong (For Loving You)," was released in March 1974, and it began his last major run.

By the early '70s, James had moved into producing and music publishing also; he oversaw three of Marie Osmond's albums and still managed occasional Top Tens himself. 

He picked up the prestigious award of Country Music's Male Artist of the Decade from Record World in 1977 and moved to the Monument label in 1979, then to Dimension two years later. He retired in 1983, and now raises cattle in Alabama.(Info edited from Wikipedia & mainly All Music)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Sonny James LP – Sonny go here:

(Thank You Erik from Heartbreak Hotel blog)

01 - Near You
02 - A Fool Such As I
03 - Heartaches
04 - Ages And Ages Ago
05 - I'll Never Get Over You
06 - Secret Love

07 - Beg Your Pardon
08 - Just Out Of Reach
09 - How's The World Treating You
10 - I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
11 - Almost
12 - Because Of You

I have also found active links for Sonny James - Young Love 1952-62-6CD box set on Israbox

All I can say is WOW! For anyone who is a fan of Sonny James, this box set is for you!

This is indeed the most comprehensive 6-CD collection chronicling the early stages of Sonny's career as a professional recording artist. 147 tracks in all! Featured in this collection is every track Sonny recorded from his initial stint with Capitol, featuring a few recordings never before released. This collection also contains his seven tracks recorded with NRC in 1960 as well as his recordings with RCA and Dot Records.