Country Music Hall of Fame member, Sonny James, passed away this Monday on the 22nd of February. The Alabama native was 87 years old. This legend is best known for his 1957 crossover smash, “Young Love”. Sonny had 16 consecutive No. 1 country hits in the late 60s and early 70s. He also covered some brilliant R&B songs which were previously recorded by artists like Etta James and Brook Benton.

Sonny quickly rose to fame and he had the opportunity to be on TV shows like “The Ed Sullivan Show”. It also landed him roles on country-themed movies. Sonny went on to co-host the first-ever CMA Awards with Bobbie Gentry in 1967, and he was also the first country artist to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His final single was released in 1983 and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Watch “Young Love” by Sonny James below! Do you still recall this amazing song? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!


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