On August 30th of 2006, the day it was announced Sonny James was to be an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kix Brooks (Brooks And Dunn) probably said it best, “This is an artist who really dominated his time in history.”
Similar accolades from fellow entertainers began early in James’ career… Elvis Presley, from the best seller book “Elvis, Word for Word” was asked “who do you think’s the greatest country and western singer that’s alive today” his reply, “I like Sonny James”.
A special thanks to Allan M. Miller, Our Three Sons Broadcasting for his research & efforts regarding the following statistics.
ARTISTS & #1 HITS
ARTISTS & WEEKS AT #1
|Conway Twitty:||28||Sonny James:||57|
|Merle Haggard:||24||Buck Owens:||44|
|Sonny James:||22||Merle Haggard:||43|
|Charley Pride:||22||Charley Pride:||41|
|Buck Owens:||20||Conway Twitty:||37|
|Tammy Wynette:||20||Tammy Wynette:||37|
|Loretta Lynn:||16||Johnny Cash:||33|
|Marty Robbins:||10||Marty Robbins:||30|
|Waylon Jennings:||10||Waylon Jennings:||26|
|Dolly Parton:||10||Bill Anderson:||23|
|Johnny Cash:||8||George Jones:||22|
|George Jones:||8||Loretta Lynn:||21|
|Bill Anderson:||7||Eddy Arnold:||20|
|Eddy Arnold:||7||Jim Reeves:||19|
|Jim Reeves:||6||Dolly Parton:||13|
ARTIST & BILLBOARD RANKINGS
ARTIST & TOP 10 HITS
|George Jones:||7237||Loretta Lynn:||47|
|Buck Owens:||6019||George Jones:||46|
|Johnny Cash:||5833||Buck Owens:||45|
|Merle Haggard:||5353||Merle Haggard:||44|
|Sonny James:||5207||Conway Twitty:||43|
|Loretta Lynn:||5204||Charley Pride:||38|
|Conway Twitty:||4989||Sonny James:||37|
|Bill Anderson:||4866||Tammy Wynette:||35|
|Tammy Wynette:||4253||Bill Anderson:||35|
|Charley Pride:||4107||Marty Robbins:||32|
|Waylon Jennings:||4102||Johnny Cash:||31|
|Dolly Parton:||4100||Waylon Jennings:||30|
|Eddy Arnold:||4033||Dolly Parton:||30|
|Marty Robbins:||4031||Jim Reeves:||29|
|Jim Reeves:||3984||Ray Price:||25|
Listen to: “A World Of Our Own”
Capitol Records released his signature song “Young Love” in late 1956. This giant hit became one of the most recognizable songs ever recorded. It was the first Traditional Country/Teen cross over record. Followed by fellow Capitol artist Ferlin Huskey’s “Gone” and later Marty Robbin’s “White Sport Coat”.
Listen to: “Young Love”
Became the first country artist (recording division) to be honored with a star in the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joined the world famous Grand Ole Opry.
The honors continued when James would host the first CMA Award Show.
1960′s and 70′s
Named Male Artist of The Decade by Record World.
Inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
MALE GOLDEN VOICE AWARD
-Golden Voice Awards
MASTER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
-The Country Music DJ Hall of Fame and Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
August 30, 2006
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.