According to The Tennessean, country singer Sonny James passed away on Monday (Feb. 22) at the age of 87.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and Kix Brooks introduced him as "an artist who really dominated his time in history."
Born James Hugh Loden, he was best known for his 1957 hit "Young Love" and had 72 country and pop singles that charted between 1953-1983.
In 1961, James became the first country star to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962 and "five years later, he began an unprecedented streak of chart dominance."
He had a five-year streak of 16 straight No. 1 singles among his 26 No. 1 hits, while 21 of his albums reached the Top Ten on the country albums chart.
In 1971, he made a cassette tape for the three astronauts on Apollo 14 to listen to while they were in space. They gave James an American Flag they brought with them on their trip to the moon.
In 1973, he produced Marie Osmond's debut album Paper Roses, along with her next two albums. He retired from performing in 1983 and spent most of his free time fishing.
Sonny James is survived by his wife of 58 years, Doris.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to James' family.
Interested in becoming a partner?
Contact us for more info.