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Sonny Wayne, the Southern Gentleman, utilized the favorite Nashville sound from the ’60s to countrify pop strikes of days gone by right into a form accessible to numerous, broadening nation music’s appeal over the nation. Wayne even moved to the pop graphs for a while in the past due ’50s but discovered the trick of his achievement by enough time he came back to country. Through the past due ’60s, he obtained an unbelievable five-year operate of number 1 singles which locked up the very best place for a mixed 45 weeks through the past due ’60s. Born Wayne Loden on, may 1, 1929, he started performing along with his show-business family members at age three and used his four sisters because the Loden Family members during his teenagers. The group made an appearance round the South and on radio displays just like the Louisiana Hayride and Sunday Night time Shindig. After hanging out overseas through the Korean Battle, Loden required Sonny Wayne as his stage name — after his teenage nickname — and became a member of the local pub circuit. He fulfilled and used Chet Atkins, who later on got him a tryout with Capitol Information. The label loved what it noticed and offered Wayne a agreement. His first solitary, “That’s Me Without You,” strike the country TOP in early 1953, nonetheless it was 3 years before “For Lease (One Empty Center)” became his second big strike. Wayne, who played acoustic guitar on practically all of his information, adopted up with two 1956 TOP near-misses “Twenty Ft of Muddy Drinking water” and “The Kitty RETURNED.” His following solitary became his biggest strike: “Youthful Like” spent nine weeks at number 1 during 1956-1957 and crossed to best the pop graphs also. From 1957, Adam began to concentrate his interest on the favorite graphs. “First Time, First Kiss, First Appreciate” made the very best 25, but no follow-up positioned as high. Many of his failures acquired still were able to go TOP on the united states graphs, so Adam came back to country using a vengeance in 1964. “You’re the only real World I UNDERSTAND” hit number 1 country past due that season and spent a month atop the graph. That began one of the biggest tears nation music provides ever known: 21 of his following 25 singles strike number 1 (as well as the various other four near-misses strike either several). Adam totally dominated the graph from 1964 to 1972, though just many singles crossed over for humble placements on the favorite graphs. That simple truth is relatively surprising, since three-quarters of Wayne’ number types experienced previously been pop strikes, including “Consider PROPER CARE of Her” for Adam Wade, “I’ll By no means Discover Another You” and “An environment of OUR VERY OWN” for the Seekers, “Given birth to to Become with You” for the Chordettes, and Roy Orbison’s “Just the Depressed.” Supported by his Southern Gentlemen music group, Adam toured the united states and overseas, made an appearance in the Ed Sullivan Display, Hee Haw, as well as the Bob Hope Display, and made many movies, including NEVADA Hillbillies (1966), Second Fiddle to some Steel Electric guitar (1967), and Nashville Rebel (1967). Billboard called him the main Musician of 1969. Also after Adam’ number 1 streak finished in January 1972, he continuing to place on top of the graphs. The quantity two “Just Appreciate Can Break a Center” (a pop strike for Gene Pitney a decade previously) was accompanied by the number types “THAT IS WHY I Love YOU PREFER I REALLY DO” and — after shifting to Columbia in middle-1972 — “Once the Snow Is certainly in the Roses.” Adam’ following chart-topping one, “COULD IT BE Wrong (For Adoring You),” premiered in March 1974, and it started his last main run. He implemented with four consecutive TOP strikes, “A Mi Esposa con Amor (To MY PARTNER with Appreciate),” “A BIT South of Saskatoon,” “Small Band of Silver,” and “What within the World’s Arrive Over You.” By the first ’70s, Adam acquired moved into making and music submitting also; he oversaw three of Marie Osmond’s albums but still maintained occasional Best Tens himself. He found the prestigious honor of Nation Music’s Male Designer of the 10 years from Record Globe in 1977 and relocated to the Monument label in 1979, after that to Dimension 2 yrs later on. He retired in 1983, and thereafter elevated cattle in Alabama. Wayne passed away in Nashville on Feb 22, 2016 at age 87.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sonny James
Died February 22, 2016, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Profession Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Doris Loden
Parents Della Burleson Loden, Archie Lee Loden
Siblings Thelma Lee Loden Holcombe
Music Songs Young Love, You're the Only World I Know, Empty Arms, A World Of Our Own, When the Snow Is on the Roses, Is It Wrong, Bright Lights Big City, Heaven Says Hello, Behind the Tear, It's the Little Things, A Little Bit South of Saskatoon, The Minute You're Gone, Don't Keep Me Hanging On, Thats Why I Love You Like I Do, Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall, A Little Band of Gold, Ask Marie, A mi esposa con amor, First Date, First Kiss, First Love, Running Bear, I'll Keep Holding On, What in the World's Come Over You, For Rent One Empty Heart, Come on In, You're the Reason I'm in Love, Uh Uh Huh MMM, Since I Met You Baby, I Wish This Night Would Never End, I'll Never Find Another You, Barefoot Santa Claus, Beg Your Pardon, Room in Your Heart
Albums The Sonny Side, Southern Gentleman, Live at the Astrodome, My Christmas Dream, Uh-Huh-Mm (Mono Version), Sonny Rock, The Collection Vol. 1, Ultimate Collection 1957-1959, The Southern Gent, The Southern gentleman - the legend, When the Chorus Walks, The Rock & Roll Side of Sonny, Young Love, Empty Arms, Sonny (Digitally Remastered), Greatest Hits, This Love Of Mine, Let's Play Love, The Singles Collection 1952-62, Sonny, Sugar Lump, Honey, Sonny James - American Originals, The Best of Sonny James, 20 All Time Greatest Hits, Capitol Collectors Series, The Classic Hits of Sonny James, Vintage Rock No. 33 - EP: Young Love, Loveable Man, Young Love Best Of Sonny James, Expensive Bling, Explore, Vintage Vinyl Collection - Buck Owens and Sonny James, Long Play, Young Love (Mono Version), All Over The World, Talkative Friend, Heartaches, Love Caught, Thing, Express Yourself, A Bouquet Of Hits, Sonny (Mono Version), Days To Come, Enjoy Your Time, Black Or White, Remember, The Southern Gentleman - The First Four Albums (1957-1959), Young Love: The 1955-1962 Rock 'N' Roll Recordings, Open Stage, Be With Me
Nominations Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year
TV Shows That Gold Old Nashville Music


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#Fact
1 Joni James and Sonny James were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6630 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 Had a long string of top-10 hit singles on Billboard magazine's country singles chart between 1953 and 1977. Included in that string were 21 #1 singles -- 16 of those coming in an uninterrupted string between that began with his 1967 hit, "I'll Never Find Another You" and ended with 1971's "Here Comes Honey Again." His record still stands.
3 His biggest hits include "Young Love" (1957, his first #1); "Take Good Care of Her" (1966); "It's the Little Things" (1967); "Running Bear" (1969); "It's Just a Matter of Time," "Don't Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Endlessly" (1970); "Empty Arms" (1971); "That's Why I Love You Like I Do" (1972); "Is it Wrong (For Loving You)" (1974) and "Little Band of Gold" (1975).
4 Country music singer/songwriter/guitarist.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Young Ones 2014 performer: "Young Love"
The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice 2008 Documentary writer: "Right Or Wrong"
Opry Video Classics: Love Ballads 2007 Video performer: "Young Love"
Opry Video Classics: Songs That Topped the Charts 2007 Video performer: "You're the Only World I Know" / writer: "You're the Only World I Know"
A Holiday for Love 1996 TV Movie writer: "CHRISTMAS IN MY HOMETOWN"
Lipstick on Your Collar 1993 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Slap Shot 1977 performer: "A LITTLE BIT SOUTH OF SASKATOON" / writer: "A LITTLE BIT SOUTH OF SASKATOON"
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hillbillys in a Haunted House 1967 performer: "The Cat Came Back", "The Minute You're Gone" - uncredited
The Las Vegas Hillbillys 1966 performer: "WHAT MAKES A MAN WANDER", "I'LL KEEP HOLDING ON", "TRUE LOVE'S A BLESSING"
Nashville Rebel 1966 performer: "Do What You Do, Do Well", "Take Good Care of Her"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hillbillys in a Haunted House 1967 Sonny James - Singer
The Las Vegas Hillbillys 1966 Sonny James

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CMT Hot 20 Countdown 2007 TV Series Himself
40th Annual Country Music Association Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
CMA Red Carpet 2006 2006 TV Movie Himself
Nashville on the Road 1980-1982 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hee Haw 1969-1981 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1980 TV Special Himself
13th Annual Music City News Awards 1979 TV Special Himself - Presenter
12th Annual Music City News Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
8th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Johnny Cash Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Andy Williams Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1970 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
That Good Ole Nashville Music 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
The Mike Douglas Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters 1969 TV Series Himself
Music Scene 1969 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Hollywood Palace 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Dean Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Nashville Rebel 1966 Himself
Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar 1965 Himself
The Juke Box Jury 1958 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1957 TV Series Himself
The DuPont Show of the Month 1957 TV Series Himself
The Spike Jones Show 1957 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1957 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Opry Video Classics: Love Ballads 2007 Video Himself
Opry Video Classics: Songs That Topped the Charts 2007 Video Himself
Race to the Red Carpet: 2006 Country Music Awards 2006 TV Special Himself

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