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Sonny James is remembered for his 1956 hit version of Young Love a #11 hit that topped both the pop and Country charts in the USA.
He placed 72 singles on the country charts between 1953 and 1983, 23 of which made it all the way to the top and 13 of which into the Hot 100. He spent more time in the Number 1 chart position than any other country music artist. In 2006, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
When Record Research publications issued Top Country Singles 1944- 93 in 1994, James ranked at #16 on its all time best-seller list.
Obviously others have come along since then who have sold enough to alter this, but there are other statistics that will never change. Sonny James ranks as the 12th biggest country artist of the 60s above the likes of Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. For the 70s when the tracks on this CD kept his chart profile alive he comes in at 10th, putting him above Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Willie Nelson. These are achievements that nobody will ever be able to take away from Sonny, no matter who comes along in the future to outrank him overall
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