Jimmie Hugh Loden (May 1, 1928  February 22, 2016), known professionally as Sonny James, was an American country music singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 hit, "Young Love", topping both of the early versions of today's Billboard Hot Country and Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. Dubbed the "Southern Gentleman" for his congenial manner, his greatest success came from ballads about the trials of love.[1] James had 72 country and pop charted releases from 1953 to 1983, including an unprecedented five-year streak of 16 straight Billboard Hot Country No. 1 singles among his 26 Billboard Hot Country No. 1 hits. Brom 1964 to 1976, James placed 21 of his albums in the Top 10 of Billboard Top Country Albums. James was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1961 and co-hosted the first Country Music Association Awards Show in 1967.[2] He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.[1]

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Sonny James
James in 1967
Background information
Birth nameJames Hugh Loden
Also known asSonny James
The Southern Gentleman
Born(1928-05-01)May 1, 1928
OriginHackleburg, Alabama, U.S.
DiedFebruary 22, 2016(2016-02-22) (aged 87)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genrescountry, pop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1953–1983

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