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Sonny James
"Capitol Collectors Series"

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Year of Release: 2004

track listing
  • Young Love
  • First Date First Kiss
    First Love
  • The Minute You're Gone
  • Baltimore
  • Ask Marie
  • You're The Only World
    I Know
  • True Love's A Blessing
  • Take Good Care Of Her
  • Room In Your Heart
  • Need You
  • I'll Never Find
    Another You
  • Heaven Says Hello
  • Only The Lonely
  • Since I Met You Baby
  • It's Just A Matter Of Time
  • My Love
  • Empty Arms
  • Bright Lights Big City
  • Only Love Can
    Break A Heart
  • That's Why I Love You
    Like I Do

  • WSVNRadio Archives
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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    Sonny James
    "Capitol Collectors Series"

    Country legend Sonny James had 23 Country #1's in his career, and at the time I was researching/collecting his #1s, there wasn't one compilation set that would have all 23 (and more). His Capitol Collectors Series gathered 13, where he would change record labels to Columbia. (Although on other best-of compilations, it seemed there was a combination of his labels, but not a set of all 23.) The Capitol Collectors Series featured the following #1s: " Young Love", "You're The Only World I Know", "Take Good Care Of Her," "Need You", "I'll Never Find Another You", "Heaven Says Hello", "Only The Lonely," [Roy Orbison favorite], "Since I Met You Baby," "It's Just A Matter Of Time", [which Randy Travis would re-record, and reach #1], " My Love," [which Petula Clark would reach #1 on the Pop chart], "Empty Arms," [Ray Price], "Bright Lights Big City," and "That's Why I Love You Like I Do."

    If you're a familiar fan of Sonny James, he had a unique voice and sound that was easily recognized as his. That particular style is found on many of the non-#1 tracks here, such as "First Date First Kiss First Love," "The Minute You're Gone," "True Love's A Blessing," "Room In Your Heart, "Only Love Can Break A Heart." "Baltimore" has a sound where there was talking and singing, and could be considered a style found on a western television show (Bonanza/Ponderosa) or western movie. The talking and singing style is compared to another legend, that of Bill Anderson on "Ask Marie."

    I have yet to see one compilation featuring all of his #1 hits. Most of the #1 songs from the Captiol Collectors Series can be found on his Razor & Tie release, Young Love: The Classic Hits Of Sonny James. The remaining #1 hits were found on his The Best Of Sonny James (Curb) and American Originals (Columbia). Sonny James is a legend, and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. His voice and style truly defines the sound of Country, and surely has been an inspiration to future Country stars who have followed. Picking up any best-of/greatest hits of his #1's and other hits will be truly enjoyed, and will bring back memories for those who remember his music.

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