The country music world is in mourning this week after it was revealed that “The Southern Gentleman” singer Sonny James passed away on Monday at the age of 87.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member entered the music scene with his 1957 hit “Young Love,” and he went on to have 16 consecutive #1 hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. According to The Political Insider, he first started writing songs while serving in the Korean War, and he continued to for three decades.
Back in 1983, James released his last single “A Free Roamin’ Mind,” and he retired from performing that year. An avid fisherman, James spent most of his retirement out on the water, but he briefly returned to the spotlight in 2006 when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“I just more or less went about my career,” he said on the day of the Hall of Fame induction announcement. “To me the friends I’ve made over the years actually meant as much to me as the Hall of Fame. I’m very appreciative, and I value what the Hall of Fame is doing for so many artists.”
James is survived by his devoted wife Dorris, who he married in 1957. God bless you, Sonny James!