Sonny James

Biography

James Hugh Loden (May 1, 1929 – February 22, 2016), known professionally as Sonny James, was 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 charted releases from 1953 to 1983, including an unprecedented five-year streak of 16 straight Billboard #1 singles among his 26 #1 hits. Twenty-one of his albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976. In May 2007 James, accompanied by his Southern Gentlemen, walked the red carpet and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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