Hall Of Famer Sonny James Dead At 87
February 22, 2016 at 1:54 PM (PT)
NASHVILLE’s TENNESSEAN is reporting TODAY (2/22) that COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER SONNY JAMES has died. JAMES was 87.
A native of ALABAMA, JAMES grew up playing fiddle and guitar with his family, guesting on radio stations and local festivals throughout the SOUTH. After finishing military service in the early 50s, JAMES was introduced to CHET ATKINS, who steered him toward a recording contract with CAPITOL RECORDS. In 1956, JAMES’ signature hit, “Young Love,” spent nine weeks atop the Country charts, eventually crossing over to Pop. Television and film appearances followed, as did membership to the GRAND OLE OPRY and a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. JAMES hosted the first-ever CMA AWARDS in 1967, and the hits kept coming. Between 1967 and 1971, he put together a string of 16 consecutive chart-toppers. JAMES was inducted into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2006. Services are pending.