Sunday 28 February 2016

Playlist week of February 27, 2016

Playlist week of February 27, 2016 - BBC Playlist
Brand new music from High Valley, Joey & Rory and lots of new names.
Classics from Waylon Jennings, Doc Watson and Hank Williams.

Neon Summer - I Ain’t Leavin’ Till I’m Famous New Single
Hank & Audrey Williams - I Want To Live & Love (Audrey Williams Feb 28, 1923; died Nov 4, 1975 (aged 52)) BIRTHDAY
Jason Aldean - Tryin’ To Love Me (Feb 28, 1977) BIRTHDAY
Ashton Lane - One Kiss Later New (Special Single release along with 2 never heard before, BRAND NEW songs. "One Kiss Later" 5 track EP UK iTunes  “Definitely a fan favourite”
Waylon Jennings - The Dream
Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart - Hello Blue Sky | Album: Bennett Bowtell Urquhart New Amazon UK - UK iTunes
Gene Stuart - I’m Just Lucky I Guess R.I.P
Locust Honey String Band – Righten The Wrong
Clinton Gregory - If That Ain’t Jones (March 1, 1966) BIRTHDAY
The McCarters - Where Would That Leave Me (Jennifer McCarter March 1, 1964) BIRTHDAY
High Valley - Make You Mine New Single It’s really great, very current
Dori Freeman - You Are Still A Child | Album: Dori Freeman (5 Feb 2016) Amazon UK - UK iTunes - - Artist Store
Davis Daniel - Somebody’s Gonna Lose (March 1, 1961) BIRTHDAY
Briana Tyson – Throwback New Single UK iTunes (9 Jan 2016)
Johnny Tolley – Countrified New Single Are you tired of other genres of music creeping into the country format? Then "Countryfied" will take you back to your traditional country roots with a fresh sound.
Sweethearts Of The Rodeo - I Don’t want You To Know (Janis Gill (Oliver) (Sweethearts Of The Rodeo) (1954) BIRTHDAY
Doc Watson - Blue Railroad Train (March 3, 1923; died May 29, 2012 aged 89)) BIRTHDAY
Jeannine Barry – Carousel | Album: Off The Hook (EP) UK iTunes - CD BABY - Google Play 
Larry Stewart - Boy Down The Road (March 2, 1959) BIRTHDAY
Malcolm Holcolme - Someone Missing
Joey & Rory - I Surrender All | Album: HYMNS: That Are Important To Us New Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
Sonny James - Empty Arms R.I.P BLOG Tribute
Stella Parton - Mountain Songbird | Album: Mountain Songbird (Jan 2016) Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
John Riggins - Lonesome Old Guitar New Single | Album: Outlaw Rising Amazon UK | UK iTunes | 
Catherine Britt – Dusty Smiles & Heartbreak Cures
Shane Owens - Where I’m Coming From
Lorrie Morgan - Lonely Whiskey | Album: Letting Go... Slow (12 Feb 2016) New Amazon UK - UK iTunes -
CC Cooper - A Little Light

New on The Show

Neon Summer
I Ain’t Leaving’ Til I’m Famous” - “Rather an exciting sound, really like that” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Band Members: Marty and Angela Short, Anna Ash
Home Town: Stanley, Virginia
According to their website : Neon Summer, a power-house trio, consisting of Marty and Angela Short (Husband and Wife) and Anna Ash (Marty’s Sister) are literally taking the country music circuit by storm. 

Already making a name for themselves with a harmony blend that will send chills through you with a unique sound and stage presence that will captivate any audience. Neon Summer has appeared on the Grand Ole’ Opry during the CMA Fest week in Nashville Tennessee, with country music icon, Marty Stuart. Neon Summer partnered with Nashville Producer-Songwriter Billy Austin, who wrote many top charting songs, one being “Leave The Pieces” song by The Wreckers, sky rocketing to #1 in Pop and Country. He has produced Neon Summer’s brand new project.
One of the things that make Neon Summer special is their down-to-earth attitude towards people. With their drive, quick wittedness, and determination there is no slowing them down.
“The I Ain’t Leaving’ Til I’m Famous” single (Marco Music Group / Jerry Duncan Promotions) was sent to country radio with an
impact date March 10, 2016
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Gene Stuart
Irish country music legend was a favourite on the showband scene – died at his Co Tyrone home following a short illness.  reported: Gene Stuart had one of the finest voices on the Irish showband and country scenes.
The County Tyrone musician, who also ran a record store for years at Irish Street in Dungannon, was 72.

The inimitable Gene Stuart had originally planned to join the priesthood but he was to take an entirely different path.
He travelled to England in the 1960s and, like many, spent time working on buildings sites around Birmingham, before returning home and teaming up with the Monaghan-based Ken Kennedy and his band.

He also played with the McGeough Brothers before he teamed up with Larry Cunningham and something special and hard to compare on the music scene was born.
The Mighty Avons (with Cunningham at the helm) were at the top of their game. Four years of huge success as one of the leading showbands toured all over Ireland and the UK, racking up hits and setting dance halls alight with their musical magic.
Gene’s first track – ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ – climbed to number three in the Irish top 10.

And it was followed by many more, including ‘Kiss An Angel Good Morning’, ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘Christmas in Connemara’.
Four years after it began and Gene fell ill with tuberculosis and, after time in hospital battling back to recovery, he returned to a different scene.
Mr. Stuart travelled all the way to the home of country music, Nashville in Tennessee, to record an album, one of 20 he would release during a remarkable career.
He was an inspiration to many fresh faces on the new and emerging country music scene.
Co Donegal singer Margo O'Donnell described him as "one of life's gentlemen".
Country star Nathan Carter said Mr Stuart was a "legend of Irish country music".
Discography: Amazon 
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High Valley

“Make You Mine” (RADIO EDIT) – “It’s really great, very current” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire
Canadian brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel are High Valley.  These two young men are making what the music industry in Nashville has called “singular,” “seminal,” and “a perfect mix of radio, revision, and respect.” But they like to call it “popgrass”!  Growing up on a 1,400-acre farm in the far-northern reaches of Alberta, with music, farming and family as the basis of their entertainment, their musical language was formed at a very young age.
Their single “Make You Mine” (Warner Music Nashville / Atlantic Records / WEA )was sent to country radio on Feb 8th with an impact date of Feb 29, 2016
Watch Make You Mine (Official Music Video) published Jan 29, 2016 641K views.

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Dori Freeman
“You Are Still A Child” - “A very exciting new talent, I think she got a really, really nice sound, definitely what country music needs right now I could of played any track….I think that’s just lovely.. I think she is great” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

This is Country/ Bluegrass/ Alt-Country & Americana Dori Freeman's (Photo's) self-titled debut who hails from Galax, Virginia, a tiny Appalachian town that hosts an annual old-time fiddlers' convention that she's been attending all of her life, and until recently, she confined her ambitions largely to the local scene.
 "Between high school and now," she wrote, "I've just done a lot of stumbling around trying to figure out what I should be doing and how to turn my love of music into something sustainable. It's taken me several years to muster the courage to pursue writing and performing professionally. My confidence is starting to catch up."
Press Blurb: Listening to Dori Freeman for the first time is a Loretta Lynn moment. How could a voice this pure come out of the tiny Appalachian town of Galax, Virginia? How could a songwriter so powerfully attuned to a woman’s heart come out with an album this beautiful without having been discovered already? Dori Freeman’s debut album heralds the arrival of a major new name in Americana music.
Released on Free Dirt Records on February 5th, 2016, every song on this album is an original, and each one a window to a young woman in modern Appalachia, caught between the past, present, and future of one of America’s most fertile musical regions. That’s why Freeman can slip as easily into Nashville songwriting (“Go On Lovin’”), doo-**** swing (“Tell Me”), anthemic soul (“Fine Fine Fine”), or neo-classic pop (“Any Wonder”) as old-timey country (“You Say”) or gospel blues (“Ain’t Nobody”). A songwriting polymath, this kind of genre-bending would be impressive in any other young artist, but Freeman’s anchoring each of these excursions on two simple precepts: her stunningly beautiful voice and her deeply honest sense of songwriting.
Dori comes from a family rooted in art and tradition. Her grandfather is an artist and guitar player, and her father, a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor.
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Briana Tyson
“Throwback” (written with Bruce Wallace) – “Vince Gill particularly likes her…. Throwback is the name of her brand new single” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

Born in 1992
Genre: Country/Blues/Soul
Home Town: Nashville, TN
Affiliation: William Morris Endeavor Agency
In the midst of Music Row, its live music venues, or in a quiet room with some of Nashville’s biggest writers, you will find Briana Tyson. Growing up in Orange County, Tyson knew that her love of country music wasn’t supposed to stay in California.
At the young age of 16, her and her family made the move to Nashville, chasing a dream that had been with Briana for years. As soon as she got to town, Tyson immediately took to the Nashville lifestyle, writing music daily, telling stories that 16 year olds normally do not tell. As she grew as a songwriter and performer, her hard work began to pay off as opportunities arose, giving her national exposure. As one of the youngest top 100 finalists on season 10 of American Idol, she gained a fan base and a new appreciation of the hard work it takes to make it in the music business.

At 22 years old, Briana’s career has just begun. She is currently writing and recording for her second studio album which she will be co-producing, and is set to release in 2016. Although new on the scene, Tyson brings with her traits that some of the most polished musicians in town still seek to acquire. “It’s hard to become successful without people trying to change who you are,” says Tyson. “But this is who I am, and I’m just going to sing until I find people who love me for it.” With her heart, humor, and determination, Briana Tyson is surely someone you will be hearing a lot about in the years to come.

On 1 Apr 2012 she dropped her BACK TO ME 5 track EP (Amazon UK | UK iTunes)
On 10 Dec 2014 she released a single “Moonshine (Amazon UK | iTunes) and released an official video (14K + views):

Briana attended the industry Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville in February to promote her new single and talked to the media including top representatives from the UK.
“Throwback” (Riverfront Promotions; written with Bruce Wallace) was released to country radio on Feb 2, 2016 with an immediate impact date. It was made available on ITunes (9 Jan 2016)
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 John Riggins
“Lonesome Old Guitar” - “Very nice sound, I really like that one” - Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire

John Riggins grew up competitive in his hometown of Westfield Indiana. From sports and volunteering his time to those in need to performing the traditional Outlaw Country Music he loves, John has always been one to excel at everything he does. 
He started out solo with his guitar, picking for tips at any venue that would have him in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. From there he formed a band and competed against over 30 bands at Indy's biggest country music venue, the 8-Second Saloon which led to opening for national acts such as Daryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll, and Mark Wills. So looking for a new challenge, in 2013, John decided to take on Music City!
He began performing regularly on the World Famous Broadway in Nashville, which led to a recording contract with Canadian label, Red Boot Entertainment which led to a new CD, which led to a merger with Red Boot Canada and Bell Records Nashville with single “90 Proof Prison” released in the US and Canada on January 1, 2016
In a short time John has also become a prolific songwriter having penned over half of his 12 track CD OUTLAW RISING (
Amazon UK | UK iTunes | released on March 17, 2015. John is co-writing with songwriters Gary Gentry (David Allen Coe, Tim McGraw, George Jones, John Anderson),and SESAC Award Winner, Shawn Byrnes and others.

Like a Phoenix ascending out of the ashes "Outlaw Rising" by John Riggins is bringing country music full circle.
With songs like "90 Proof Prison", "He Shot The Radio" and "Doin’ Time With These Friends of Mine", taken from Outlaw Rising, you can almost feel the presence of Waylon Jennings in the words and music.
Check out "Scars" and "Big Red Truck" written by John for a glimpse at who this troubadour really is.

The new single "Lonesome Old Guitar" (Red Boot Entertainment / Bell Records Nashville) is a reflective mid-tempo ballad about the only thing a man has left when his woman is gone. It was sent to country radio on Feb 4, 2016
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Tuesday 23 February 2016

Country Music Hall of Famer Sonny James dies aged 87

(22 Feb 2016) Country Music Hall of Famer Sonny James dies aged 87

This Blog feature takes a look at his career, chart hits, awards, music and artist tributes.

Marie Crichton BBC Radio Shropshire plays:
8 Aug 2005 Sonny James - Bimbo | Album: The Nashville Dream Vol 2 (Newsound)
30 April 2007 Sonny James - Blue Moon Of Kentucky | Album: CD The Sound Of Bluegrass (Various Label Columbia)
28 April 2008 Sonny James - Bimbo (Birth May 1 "James Loden")
27 April 2009 Sonny James - Blue Moon of Kentucky
25 April 2011 Sonny James - Ask Marie | Album: The Capitol Collector’s Series   
30 April 2012 Sonny James Pure Love  | Album: Young Love & Other Rock ‘N’ Roll Ballads 
27 April 2013 Sonny James - True Love's A Blessing | Album: Capitol Collectors Series

Sonny James: May 1, 1928 (Hackleburg, Alabama, U.S.) - Feb 22, 2016 (aged 87; Tennessee)
Years active: 1953–1983 | Labels: Capitol, Columbia, Dot, RCA, Monument, Dimension, Curb
Nashville’s Tennessean reported (Feb 22) that Country Music Hall Of Famer Sonny James had died on Monday afternoon (Feb 22, 2016). Mr.James was 87.
Recently hospitalized, James passed away from natural causes while surrounded by family and friends at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN.

Throughout his life he has stood always at the ready to share a funny story. Accompanied by his boyish smile, this man of deep faith never failed to cultivate his unique gift of making every friend feel as if they were his greatest friend every step of the way.

A native of Alabama, James grew up playing fiddle and guitar with his family, guesting on radio stations and local festivals throughout the South.
After finishing Military service in the early 50s, Sonny was introduced to Chet Atkins, who steered him toward a recording contract with Capitol Records.
In 1956, James’ signature hit, “Young Love,” spent nine weeks atop the Country charts, eventually crossing over to Pop.
Television and film appearances followed, as did membership to the Grand Ole Opry and a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Mr. James hosted the first-ever CMA AWARDS in 1967, and the hits kept coming.

Between 1967 and 1971, he put together a string of 16 consecutive chart-toppers.
Mr. James was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2006.
Introduced by Kris Kristofferson as one of the new inductees, it marked Sonny’s first television appearance in 20 years.

May 6th, 2007 Medallion Ceremony: A Musical Tribute To Sonny James
Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees: Sonny James(L),
George Strait, Harold Bradley(R)-Ceremony 6thMay2007

"A World of Our Own": Connie Smith, vocals. Dann Huff, acoustic guitar
"You’re the Only World I Know": Randy Owen, vocals.
"Young Love": Vince Gill, vocals & guitar.
"Running Bear": Ray Stevens, vocals. With Special Appearance by George Lindsey.
All Performances featuring the Southern Gentlemen: Lin Bown • Jack Galloway • Glenn Huggins • Gary Robble
See Photos Sonny

James Loden, known as Sonny James, was born in Hackleburg, Alabama, on May 1, 1928.
As Kix Brooks said in 2006, the year Mr. James was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the singer was “an artist who really dominated his time in history.”
According to The Tennessean, he began performing with his family when he was just 3, playing a handmade mandolin.
He later learned to play the guitar and fiddle, and was a fiddle champion as a teen.
The family would perform on local radio stations and in schoolhouses around the South.
He served in the Alabama National Guard and was sent to Korea in 1950, where he began to write songs.
After leaving the Army, James moved to Nashville and began to pursue a career in music.
Sonny James began recording music in 1952 and his breakthrough song, “Young Love,” came in 1957, according to his website.

With its polished production and crooning vocals, “Young Love” would help open the door for the Nashville sound of the late 1950s and 1960s.

The Career of Sonny James
Seemingly born with a natural talent for playing stringed instruments it would be at the age of four, when placed at the centerpiece of his family's country show, where he first began to realize his potential to entertain others.
·         Because he was just a kid he was called “Sonny Boy” but by 1952 when he signed with Capitol Records this six-foot three-inch talent was re-billed as The Southern Gentleman, a tag that portrayed his polite ways.
·     In 1956 as rock n roll was just beginning Sonny's multi-million selling Young Love exploded on the scene and became a simultaneous #1 country and pop hit - the first such traditional country cross-over of its kind.
·    By 1963 a collaboration at Capitol Studios in Hollywood with Nat King Cole, a favorite of Sonny and his father, would begin to focus Sonny's musical approach into a more pop-sounding style of country in the hopes of broadening the country listening audience.
·    Beginning in 1964 with his musical style refined, and his “sound” produced to be identifiable, Sonny began what would become his legendary streak of 16 consecutive #1 releases - an uncontested record which no other recording artist (solo) has ever surpassed in any genre.
·    A decade later, Sonny James had amassed not only 16 #1's in a row, but a surreal 26 #1's in total and 72 titles on the country charts.
·    Sonny's broad appeal not only as a performer, but an entertainer, brought him into larger and larger markets and venues as he created new paths for others to follow which had not previously been welcoming to country artists in general, including his numerous appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
·   Always an integral part of his sound and style, his mastery of the guitar as a musician added a depth to his recordings and stage appeal which translated perfectly to television.
·    His full vocal tones backed by his “Southern Gentlemen” created a sound that was awarded time after time with great success.
·     The first country recording artist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his hits such as "The Minute You’re Gone", "You’re The Only World I Know", "It's Just A Matter Of Time", "Running Bear", "Empty Arms" and so many more - make it easy to realize that at the same time when the world was listening to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on rock radio, they were hearing and listening to Sonny James on country radio.
·   Within pop-culture, the movie Apollo 13 may have depicted the legendary music of Hank Williams on a moon flight, but it was actually a musical program requested by NASA to be recorded personally by Sonny James which became the first country artist to travel into space and go as far as our moon's orbit on-board Apollo 14, which launched January 31st, 1971.
·    Immediately following his string of #1's, Sonny then went on to produce the first 3 albums for Marie Osmond, which saw the first single, Paper Roses, surpass sales of 1 million worldwide and Marie nominated for a Grammy Award.

Sonny James first No.1 hits (Hot Country Songs):

"Young Love" (1956; writers Ric Cartey, Carole Joyner) 
Also #1 on all genre US Hot 100.

Note: It peaked at #11 in the UK chart dated March 8, 1957 when at the time American actor and singer Tab Hunter was No.1 on UK single chart with the song. 
The Tab Hunter Show was a huge hit in the United Kingdom, where it ranked as one of the top situation comedies of the year. 

Donny Osmond also had a #1 UK Single with the song in 1973.

"You're the Only World I Know" (1964; writers Sonny James and Robert Tubert) #91 US Hot 100
"Behind the Tear" (1965; writers Ned Miller, Sue Miller) #113 US Hot 100

Sonny James sixteen consecutive No.1 songs were:
Need You” (1967; writer Johnny Blackburn, Lou Porter, Teepee Mitchell),
I’ll Never Find Another You” (1967; writer Tom Springfield)
It’s The Little Things” (1967; writer Arlie Duff)
A World Of Our Own” (1968; writer Tom Springfield) an international hit for The Seekers
Heaven Says Hello” (1968; writer Cindy Walker)
Born To Be With You” (1968; writer Don Robertson)
Only the Lonely” (1969; writers Roy Orbison, Joe Melson)
Running Bear” (1969; writer J. P. Richardson)
Since I Met You, Baby” (1969; writer Ivory Joe Hunter)
It’s Just a Matter of Time” (1970; writers Brook Benton, Clyde Otis)
My Love” (1970; writer Tony Hatch)
Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On” (1970; writers Sonny James, Carole Smith)
Endlessly” (1970; writers Brook Benton, Clyde Otis)
Empty Arms” (1971; writer Ivory Joe Hunter)
Bright Lights, Big City” (1971; writer Jimmy Reed)
Here Comes Honey Again” (1971; writer Sonny James)

The string of 16 consecutive (non-holiday) single releases would be surpassed in 1985 by the country super-group Alabama; the band would go on to have 21 No.1 songs in a row.
Earl Thomas Conley and Blake Shelton also have sixteen No.1 winning streaks.

** Billboard statistician disregard all non-No.1 duets, B-side releases that chart on their own and Christmas releases in determining No. 1 streaks
If Christmas songs and duets were to be included in No.1 streaks, however, Sonny James would continue to hold the standard with 16.

Alabama's streak would be eight and 13 (with the 1982 Christmas song "Christmas in Dixie" splitting the pair of streaks)

Earl Conley's streak split into nine and seven (broken up by the 1986 duet "Too Many Times" with Anita Pointer),

Blake Shelton’s run is split starting with "Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins) then "Boys 'Round Here" (feat. Pistol Annies and friends), "My Eyes" (featuring Gwen Sebastian) and "Lonely Tonight" (featuring Ashley Monroe)

"Is It Wrong (For Loving You)" writer Warner MacPherson; was the final of Mr. James' twenty-three number ones on the country chart.

Twenty-one of his Albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976.
His No1. Billboard Top Country Albums were: studio album NEED YOU released in April 1967 and with Compilation album The Best of Sonny James released in Nov 1966 (#141 Billboard 200)
200 Years of Country Music (#6, 1976, Columbia Records) was his final Top 10 studio album.
His last album to chart was YOUNG LOVE (Capitol Records), released in 1973, which reached #50 on Top Country Albums

Capitol Collectors Series: Amazon UK

Sonny James retired from the music industry in 1984 with his wife, Doris Shrode. He and his wife married in 1957 in Texas.
Sonny James is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Doris.

Discography: Amazon UK | UK iTunes | | Spotify

Sonny James - The Southern Gentleman: The First Four Albums 1957-1959 [2xCD] (Jasmine Records)
The Southern Gentleman features four classic albums of pure country: The Southern Gentleman; Sonny; Honey & The Sonny Sidetogether for the first time on CD outside of multidisc box sets.
Available from Amazon UK | Smart Choice Music

Sonny James - Sonny Rocks (Bear Family Records)
Sonny Rocks is a 2003 Bear Family release covering 33 Capitol and RCA tracks from Sonny James, the 'Southern Gentleman' of country.
Details: 1-CD Digi-Pac (6-plated) with 32-page booklet, 34 tracks, playing time 76:27 minutes.
These 33 songs catch Sonny James’ transition from journeyman country singer to pop star. We begin with a few early songs that pointed towards Young Love (including For Rent and Twenty Feet Of Muddy Water), then Sonny James’s great original version of Young Love itself, and then a selection of the very best Capitol and RCA recordings from the golden years, including "First Date First Kiss First Love", "Uh-Huh Mm", "Talk Of The School", and Sonny James' great vocal version of the Shadows’ "Apache". As a special bonus the original version of "Young Love" by Ric Cartey is included. Dave Samuelson’s notes draw on extended interviews with Sonny James, and recount the song-by-song journey of one of the towering figures of pop and country music! Available from:

Sonny James - Young Love (6-CD) [6-CD-Box & 68-Page Book] (Import)

This boxed set presents every surviving recording 'The Southern Gentleman' made between 1952 and 1962, across six compact discs. The first two discs feature Sonny James' rarely heard country sides, including the original “I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know” and such chart singles as “That's Me Without You”, “She Done Give Her Heart To Me, For Rent” (One Empty Heart), “Twenty Feet Of Muddy Water”, and “The Cat Came Back”. The heart of the box set collects such teen pop sides as “Young Love”, “You're The Reason I'm In Love”, “First Date, First Kiss, First Love”, “Uh-Huh-mm”, “You’ve Got That Touch”, and “Talk Of The School”, plus all three of Sonny James' original Capitol albums. The set ends with the singer's often-overlooked NRC, RCA Victor and Dot sides, including Jenny Lou and his vocal version of the guitar standard, “Apache”.
Produced with Sonny James' cooperation, this collection includes a 68-page book by Dave Samuelson covering Sonny James' early years on radio with the Loden Family through his 1963 return to Capitol Records.



Charlie Daniels: The music world has lost a great artist and a good Christian man Rest in peace Sonny James

The Oak Ridge Boys RIP Sonny James... A big loss

Rhonda Vincent: (pictured) So saddened to hear of passing of country music HOF member Sonny James born 5/1/1929 he hosted 1st #CMA awards
Travis Tritt Very sorry to hear that Sonny James has died. I covered his "Christmas In My Hometown" for my Christmas album

Taste of Country: We are so sad to hear that Sonny James has died at 87:
Grass Roots Promotions: We are saddened at the news of the passing of country music legend Sonny James. His incredible career included 16 #1 singles in the 60's and 70's; James was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a class act and will be missed.
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