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Encyclopedia > Sonny James
Sonny James
Sonny James album
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Background information
Birth name James Loden
Born May 1, 1929
Origin Hackleburg, Alabama
Genre‍(s) country music
Occupation‍(s) country singer/songwriter
Years active 1956-1983
Label‍(s) Capitol Records

Sonny James (born James Loden on May 1, 1929 in Hackleburg, Alabama) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In 2006, James was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Image File history File links This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music in question. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Hackleburg is a town located in Marion County, Alabama. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) In popular music, country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, gospel music, and old-time music that began... Look up country in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // History The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Hackleburg is a town located in Marion County, Alabama. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) In popular music, country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, gospel music, and old-time music that began... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ...

Contents

Rise to Fame

Sonny James (Loden) was born on a farm into a family of musicians. By age three he was playing a mandolin and singing. At age four joined with his "Mom" & "Pop" and nine-year-old sister Thelma "Sis" to perform on an area radio station. Ruby Palmer also joined the group and the singing Sonny Boy & The Loden family's popularity was such that before long they were playing theaters, auditoriums and schoolhouses throughout the southern United States. After years on the road, the two girls married and the family band dissolved in 1947. Carved and round backed mandolins (front) A mandolin is a small, plucked, stringed musical instrument, descended from the mandora. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ...


In 1950, Sonny James joined a country group in Memphis, Tennessee but his desire for a full-time career in music was interrupted by service in the Korean War. After nearly eighteen months overseas, he was shipped home and discharged in the late fall of 1952. James later headed for Nashville, Tennessee where, with the help of Chet Atkins, whom James had roomed with, he signed with Capitol Records. The company had him drop his last name of Loden, and as "Sonny James" he made his first studio record. While appearing on a popular radio show, the Louisiana Hayride, he met musician Slim Whitman. James' performance on stage playing a fiddle and singing brought a strong crowd response and Whitman invited him to front for his new touring band. James stayed with Whitman's group for a few months before returning to Nashville to make further recordings including what became his first Top Ten country hit, That's Me Without You. Over the next few years, he had several songs that did reasonably well on the country music charts and he continued to develop his career with performances at live country music shows. He also did well on radio and then on the all-important new medium, television where he appeared on the Ozark Jubilee and Ed Sullivan shows. 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City, M-Town Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 294. ... Combatants UN combatants: Republic of Korea United States United Kingdom Communist combatants: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea People’s Republic of China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung Il Kwon Douglas MacArthur Mark W. Clark Matthew Ridgway Kim Il-sung Choi Yong-kun Peng Dehuai Strength Note: All figures... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Music City Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area    - City 526. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // History The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at... The Louisiana Hayride was a radio broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States that during its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped launch the careers of the some of the greatest names in American music. ... Slim Whitman (born January 20, 1924 in Tampa, Florida) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... The fiddle is a violin played as a folk instrument. ...


Height of His Career

Dubbed the "Southern Gentleman" because of his polite demeanor, Sonny James recorded "Young Love", a 45 rpm single for which he would forever be remembered. That was in 1957. As the first ever teenage country "crossover" singles, it topped both the country and pop music charts. He gained more exposure with a television appearances on the very important Ed Sullivan Show. Young Love is a popular song. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music, crossover is a term used to describe material borrowed from a different style or genre and whose popularity crosses the considered boundaries of styles or genres. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by Ed Sullivan. ...


Sonny James went on to a long and highly successful career and in 1962 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. From 1964 to 1972, Sonny James was a dominant force in country music. Beginning in 1967, "I'll Never Find Another You" and ending with "Here Comes Honey Again" in 1971, Sonny James recorded 17 straight #1 singles in addition to 72 verified chart hits. Some believe that James' consecutive #1 streak was surpassed years later by the group Alabama. However, this is disproven by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame web site, which states that their string of 21 hits was interrupted by the failure of the single Christmas in Dixie to reach #1, thus stopping their streak before achieving parity with James. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Alabama is a country music band from Fort Payne, Alabama that was started in 1969 but did not get a recording contract until 1977. ...


James was a guest performer on popular television shows, such as the Bob Hope Show, the Ed Sullivan Show and Hee Haw. He also made minor appearances in several Hollywood motion pictures and in 1969, Billboard magazine named him "Artist of the Year." Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was a famous British-born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by Ed Sullivan. ... Hee Haw was a long-running U.S. television variety show hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark and featuring country music and humor with rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. ... ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


Settling Down

In 1983, James retired to his home and wife Doris in Nashville, Tennessee. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ...


For his contribution to the recording industry, Sonny James has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ...


External links

http://www.sonnyjames.com/bio.htm


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Sonny James - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (629 words)
Sonny James (born James Loden on May 1, 1929 in Hackleburg, Alabama) is an American country music singer and songwriter.
Sonny James (Loden) was born on a farm into a family of musicians.
Sonny James went on to a long and highly successful career and in 1962 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Sonny James - Music Downloads - Online (480 words)
Bio: Sonny James, the Southern Gentleman, used the popular Nashville sound of the '60s to countrify pop hits of the past into a form accessible to many, broadening country music's appeal across the nation.
James even moved over to the pop charts for a time in the late '50s but found the secret of his success by the time he returned to country.
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.
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