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 Sonny James

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Sonny James

Original Name Jimmie Hugh Loden
Birth
Hackleburg, Marion County, Alabama, USA
Death 22 Feb 2016 (aged 87)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Hackleburg, Marion County, Alabama, USA
Plot B3-12
Memorial ID 158484186 View Source
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Country Music Singer, Songwriter. Born Jimmie Hugh Loden and dubbed "the Southern Gentleman", he was a popular singer and songwriter and was best known for his 1957 hit "Young Love". He started in music at an early age due to the fact he came from a musical family that performed all over the southern part of the United States. In 1950 his musical career was put on hold as his national guard unit was called to active duty in Korea, a stint which lasted one year. After he was discharged, he started on a solo career and changed his name to "Sonny James". During the early part of his career, he had a series of songs that did well on the country charts, but "Young Love" was his first big hit. Released in late 1956, "Young Love" hit number one on both the country and pop charts in January 1957 and afterwards he gained national exposure on both the "Ed Sullivan Show" and the "Bob Hope Show". He would go on to have 26 number 1 hits, which included an unprecedented five year streak of 16 straight Billboard number 1 singles. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and appeared on various television shows such as "Hee Haw" and the "Mike Douglas Show". Throughout his career, he had a total 72 pop and country releases. In 2007 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
  • Added: 22 Feb 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 158484186
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/158484186/sonny-james : accessed ), memorial page for Sonny James (1 May 1928–22 Feb 2016), Find a Grave Memorial ID 158484186, citing Cedar Tree Cemetery, Hackleburg, Marion County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .