James in 1967
|Birth name||James Hugh Loden|
|Also known as||Sonny James|
The Southern Gentleman
|Born||May 1, 1929|
|Origin||Hackleburg, Alabama, U.S.|
|Died||February 22, 2016 (aged 86)|
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Genres||Country music, pop music|
|Labels||Capitol, Columbia, Dot, RCA, Monument, Dimension, Curb|
James had 72 country and pop charted releases from 1953 to 1983, including an unprecedented five-year streak of 16 straight Billboard #1 singles among his 26 #1 hits. Twenty-one of his albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976. In May 2007 Sonny, accompanied by his Southern Gentlemen, walked the red carpet and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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