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Sonny James

Born May 1, 1928

James Hugh Loden, 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.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born on May 1, 1929.


1950 21 Years Old 1 More Event
During the summer of 1950 James worked with a band, sometimes singing but he was most useful as a guitar player on the Memphis, Tennessee radio station WHBQ, but that was interrupted near the end of the summer when James' National Guard unit was activated to participate in the Korean War.
1955 26 Years Old He also appeared on radio, including Big D Jamboree, before moving to the all-important new medium, television, where he became a regular performer on ABC's Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri beginning in October 1955.
1956 27 Years Old In late 1956 James released "Young Love", a 45 rpm single for which he would forever be remembered. … Read More
1957 28 Years Old In 1957 James married Doris in Dallas, Texas.


1959 30 Years Old After leaving Capitol Records for the first time in 1959, James signed with National Recording Corporation. … Read More
1962 33 Years Old He went on to a long and highly-successful career, and in 1962 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1964 35 Years Old From 1964 to 1972 he was a dominant force in country music. … Read More
1967 38 Years Old Beginning in 1967 with "Need You" and ending with "Here Comes Honey Again" in 1971, James recorded 16 straight No. 1 country singles of his 72 verified chart hits. … Read More


1973 44 Years Old During this time James also helped launch the solo career of Marie Osmond, producing her first three albums, including the 1973 smash hit, "Paper Roses". … Read More


1983 54 Years Old In 1983, James retired to his home with Doris in Nashville, Tennessee.


2006 77 Years Old …  In 2006 James was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and appeared on television for the first time in nearly 20 years to accept his induction during the Country Music Association Awards on November 6, 2006.
2009 80 Years Old 1 More Event
He came home to Hackleburg during the Neighbor Day Festival on April 25, 2009 and recognized the 100th birthday of the town of Hackleburg on the main stage during the festival.
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