Country Music Legend Dies Tragically – Please Pray

Country Music Legend Dies Tragically – Please Pray

One of the great country music legends of all time has gone home… Sonny James passed away at the age of 87 this week. He was known as the Southern Gentleman (the same name as his band) for his graceful manners and southern charm. ‘Young Love’, his hit from 1956, sold 3 million copies. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He passed away in a hospice in Nashville, Tennessee. Dolly Parton is one of those who will miss him the most. James started his music career with his family, forming a band with his parents and his sister, Thelma. Before he reached high school age, James already had performed on several country music radio shows. The guitarist and fiddler also became a songwriter. He was a man of many talents.

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From the Daily Mail:

Country singer Sonny James, who recorded romantic ballads like Young Love and turned pop songs into country hits, died yesterday aged 87.

James, whose given name was James Loden, passed away at a hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, family friend Gary Robble said.

Robble was the lead singer of James’s backing band, The Southern Gentlemen.

‘Sonny James was one of country music’s greatest. He was a true gentleman and made some of the greatest country music records of all times, certainly some of my favorites,’ singer Dolly Parton said in a statement.

Between 1967 and 1971, Sonny James would make an impressive run on top of the country charts with 16 consecutive number one songs. His other hits included It’s the Little Things, You’re the Only World I Know, I’ll Never Find Another You, Empty Arms, Behind the Tear, Take Good Care of Her, When the Snow Is on the Roses, That’s Why I Love You Like I Do and Here Comes Honey Again. With The Southern Gentlemen, James covered R&B and pop songs such as Since I Met You Baby, Endlessly, Running Bear, It’s Just a Matter of Time, Only the Lonely and Only Love Can Break a Heart. He loved singing and it showed. In the 1960’s, he made several movies, including Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar, Las Vegas Hillbillies with Jayne Mansfield and Hillbilly in a Haunted House with Basil Rathbone and Lon Chaney Jr. He then went on to produce Marie Osmond’s first records including her biggest country hit, Paper Roses. Osmond tweeted: ‘Country Music Hall Of Famer, producer & lifelong friend Sonny James. U will be missed! RIP.’ The Osmond family will miss him a great deal I’m sure. James was the first co-host of the Country Music Association Awards show with Bobbie Gentry in 1976. His album 200 Years of Country Music, released in 1976, chronicled country music and took more than a year to plan, research and record. James retired in the mid-1980s because of vocal issues. He is survived by his wife, Doris. Yet another legend passes and we are that much poorer for it.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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