2006 Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee
  • Sonny James

    The Southern Gentleman and Country Music Hall Of Fame Member

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  • Billboard's #1 Artist

    Sonny James spent an amazing 57 weeks in Billboard's top slot from 1960-1979.

    16 consecutive #1 singles… a feat never before accomplished in country music, pop or rock ‘n roll.

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  • 72 Chart Hits

    In a single span, Sonny James released 25 singles of which 21 of them reached #1 while the other four were near-misses with three reaching No. 2 and the other No. 3.

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  • 37 Top Ten Hits

    For a period of nineteen years (1960-1979) the career of Sonny James produced 37 top ten hits and spent 13 weeks more in the #1 position than than any other country artist.

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  • Historically Influential

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    Many legendary artists such as Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers and Johnny Cash began their careers on billings with Sonny James.

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  • A Breakthrough Country Artist

    Sonny was influential in reaching and expanding enormous new markets for country music with multiple appearances on network television such as the Ed Sullivan and Mike Douglas shows.

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  • A Masterful Musician

    The guitar stylings of Sonny James have remained over the decades as not only a key element of his recording and touring success but also have proven to be a playing style not emulated by others because of its rhythm and complexity.

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Sonny James, The Southern Gentleman
  • Sonny's Bio & Career Highlights

    A detailed professional account of Sonny's career and accomplishments. Never before has such an account been presented and this bio is the only such information ever authorized by the Southern Gentleman himself. Learn how James had 16 Consecutive #1's.

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  • Photo & Image Galleries

    Rare photos from Sonny's personal collection. Collections include images from his childhood, the 1950's, the 1960's & 70's, as well as the 1980's and beyond. Also included are photos from Sonny's Induction Ceremony into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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  • Country Music Hall Of Fame

    On May 6th, 2007 Sonny James along side country music legends George Strait, and Harold Bradly were officially inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. Take a rare look inside this historic evening through some of the photos from the event and celebrations.

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Friend Kris Kristofferson presents plaque to Sonny commemorating
James’ Induction Into the Country Music Hall Of Fame
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”.


SONNY JAMES BILLBOARD STATISTICS

According to Billboard statistics, for almost 20 years (1960-1979) Sonny James spent more time in the Number One chart position than any other artist in country music — a total of 57 weeks, including a 5 year period of Consecutive #1 Singles, a feat never before accomplished in Country Music, Pop or Rock ‘n Roll.

A special thanks to Allan M. Miller, Our Three Sons Broadcasting for his research & efforts regarding the following statistics.

Top 15 Country Hitmakers 1960-1979:


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



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”.


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Honors Received

Sonny James
1961
Became the first country artist (recording division) to be honored with a star in the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1962
Joined the world famous Grand Ole Opry.

1967
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.

1987
Inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

June, 2001
MALE GOLDEN VOICE AWARD
-Golden Voice Awards

November, 2001
MASTER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
R.O.P.E. AWARDS

June, 2002
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
-The Country Music DJ Hall of Fame and Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

August 30, 2006
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.






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