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Sonny James: The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD)

(Hump Head Records) 50 tracks

Known as the Southern Gentleman, because of his quiet and polite persona, Sonny James was one of the classiest country-pop vocalists of the 1960s and 1970s.

Article properties:Sonny James: The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Sonny James

  • Album titlle: The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD)

  • Genre Country

  • Label Hump Head Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5060001276649

  • weight in Kg 0.1
James, Sonny - The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD) CD 1
01Bad Times A-Comin’Sonny James
02Gold And SilverSonny James
03Least Of All YouSonny James
04Sugar LumpSonny James
05Tying The Pieces TogetherSonny James
06I’M Getting Gray From Being BlueSonny James
07Runnin’Sonny James
08Just Ask Your HeartSonny James
09On The Fingers Of One HandSonny James
10How Many Times Can A Man Be A FoolSonny James
11On And OnSonny James
12I'll Never Find Another YouSonny James
13Goodbye Maggie, GoodbyeSonny James
14It's The Little ThingsSonny James
15Don’T Cut Timber On A Windy DaySonny James
16An Old Sweetheart Of MineSonny James
17Fairy TalesSonny James
18In WaikikiSonny James
19The JourneySonny James
20A Midnight MoodSonny James
21Since I Met You BabySonny James
22Clinging To A HopeSonny James
23This World Of OursSonny James
24Blue For YouSonny James
25Woodbine ValleySonny James
James, Sonny - The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD) CD 2
01Room In Your HeartSonny James
02The Minute You're GoneSonny James
03Going Through The Motions (Of Living)Sonny James
04BaltimoreSonny James
05Ask MarieSonny James
06You're The Only World I KnowSonny James
07I'll Keep Holding On (Just To Your Love)Sonny James
08Behind The TearSonny James
09Take Good Care Of HerSonny James
10True Love's A BlessingSonny James
11Need YouSonny James
12A World Of Our OwnSonny James
13Heaven Says HelloSonny James
14Born To Be With YouSonny James
15Only The LonelySonny James
16Running BearSonny James
17It's Just A Matter Of TimeSonny James
18EndlesslySonny James
19Empty ArmsSonny James
20Bright Lights, Big CitySonny James
21Here Comes Honey AgainSonny James
22Only Love Can Break A HeartSonny James
23That's Why I Love You Like I DoSonny James
24My LoveSonny James
25Don't Keep Me Hangin' OnSonny James
Sonny James  After more than four years as a Capitol country artist, Sonny James... more
"Sonny James"

Sonny James 

After more than four years as a Capitol country artist, Sonny James needed a breakout hit. Not that his career was faltering – by fall 1956, the youthful Alabama balladeer was seen regularly coast-to-coast on 'Ozark Jubilee,' ABC-TV's weekly country music showcase from Springfield, Missouri. Nor was Capitol dissatisfied with James's record sales. His first release of the year, For Rent (One Empty Heart), climbed to #12 on 'Billboard's' list of country best sellers, and its bluesy follow-up, Twenty Feet Of Muddy Water, landed a #11 placing among country disc jockeys. In fact, producer Ken Nelson brought James to Hollywood that August to record an LP – a privilege that Capitol seldom extended to its country or western artists.

But nothing from James's first thirteen sessions yielded anything close to a signature song – a career-maker like You Are My Sunshine, Walking The Floor Over You, I'm Movin' On, Lovesick Blues, or Crazy Arms. With a Nashville session penciled in for late October, James also needed to find something more in synch with a new generation of record buyers. Youths were spending millions on singles by Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. Though his close contemporary Marty Robbins flirted with rockabilly, James opted for something more suited to his warm, intimate style.

James and Dallas-area songwriter Jack Morrow, who co-wrote James's recent country hit For Rent, collaborated on a catchy love ballad that had strong potential for success. With his accompanist Harland Powell, James devised a bouncy background vocal arrangement reminiscent of the Easy Riders' counterpoint on Dean Martin's hit Memories Are Made Of This.

You're The Reason I'm In Love had the potential of meeting – if not beating – Pat Boone on his own turf, and James was sure Nelson would share his enthusiasm. The veteran producer usually trusted his artists' musical and commercial instincts. The only other thing James needed for the upcoming session was a suitable 'B'-side.

But Nelson was way ahead of him. Before James and his longtime steel player/bassist Harland Powell arrived in Nashville, Nelson met with Atlanta music publisher and talent scout Bill Lowery. Since setting up his firm in 1951, Lowery successfully placed numerous songs on Capitol, most recently Gene Vincent's chart-topping rocker, Be-Bop-A-Lula. This time the publisher pitched a rock 'n' roll act he recently released on his Stars label: Ric Cartey and the Jiv-a-Tones. Ooh-Eee, a rockabilly number penned by Lowery protégé and Capitol artist Jerry Reed, was beginning to generate some action around Atlanta. Lowery hoped Nelson would acquire the Cartey single for national distribution.

Though he politely declined Lowery's suggestion, Nelson sensed something special about its flip side, a ballad Cartey penned with his girlfriend, Carole Joyner. "That's your hit, " he told Lowery. Nelson offered to play Young Love to Sonny James when he came to Nashville.

"I went up to the Andrew Jackson Hotel and we were going over songs that we were going to do,"James later recalled."He said 'I've got this song.' I think he told me Bill had brought it to him or something."

The record Nelson played was far removed from anything James had recorded. Well-intentioned but amateurish, it was primitive even for those barnstorming early days of rock 'n' roll. "Anyway, whatever it was, Ken played it for me and I said, 'Are you sure, Ken?' or something like that. He said, 'Yeah.'"

Though Lowery wanted James to consider covering both sides of the Cartey single, Nelson told James to prepare an arrangement for Young Love. "He said, 'You can work your arrangements, your Southern Gentlemen that you want to use, singing,"James remembered. "You can work Harland, and at that time I was gonna use Gordon Stoker and I think it was Neal Matthews as the only two other voices and Harland there."

Using Cartey's record as a guide, James retooled the ballad, removing extraneous chord changes and adding stylistic touches that compensated for lines that weren't long enough to fit the melody. "The song on the demo that I heard -- after all these years it's not that fresh in my mind -- but I do remember, the way that I do my voice, and I overemphasize the way that I do it, because Ken figured that I'd probably figure the way to sing it," James said. "You'll notice that it was never this way on the demo at all, but my record was, 'They say for every boy and girl there's just … and I-hi know-ho, I-hi-hi found mine.' Now, I'm over-accenting it. I'm showing you that break, it's a whole lot different. It doesn't sound the same thing.

"I worked with my guitar and I had used this repeated voicing on my earlier record, 'Till The Last Leaf Shall Fall.' If you remember how I had them singing, that's what I did when I got to the chorus of 'Young Love.' This is just one of the changes. 'Young Love (you're my love) First Love (you're my love)…' See, in other words, it's just a style that I had on 'Till The Last Leaf Shall Fall' and the style that I was singing."

Always the professional, James invested a lot of time reworking Young Love, even if it was only intended as a B-side to You're The Reason I'm In Love.However, on hearing the finished product following the session, both James and Nelson thought it would be the big country hit they had been searching for. Almost instantly it became one of the biggest hits of all time. Forty years later, this record is still being programmed around the world.

 

THE LODEN FAMILY

Jimmie Hugh Loden was born May 1, 1929, in Hackleburg, Alabama, a small agricultural center about ninety-five miles northwest of Birmingham. His parents, Archie and Della Burleson Loden, operated a 300-acre farm about six miles outside of town. By most standards, the Lodens generally fared better than most of their neighbors. Their farm supported three tenant families, who cooperatively used teams of horses and mules to raise enough cotton, corn and hay to see them through each season.

Along with his sister Thelma, who was born five years earlier, 'Sonny' James Loden grew up listening to music. Both of his parents were musicians. Pop Loden played guitar and fiddle but preferred the five-string banjo, while Mom played guitar in an open tuning. Thelma – whom the family always called 'Sis' learned guitar as soon as she could wrap her left hand around the fingerboard. The family owned a wind-up Victrola – Pop particularly liked Jimmie Rodgers' records – and a battery-powered radio introduced them to pop singers like Kate Smith.

James vividly retains childhood memories of Saturday nights when local musicians gathered in each others' homes to play music amid the bronze glow of Aladdin and coal-oil lamps. "I used play around on a broom," he said. "That's when Pop decided, 'Well, I'll give him something that he can at least play around on.' That's when he cut the molasses bucket in half and used the bottom of it and put a neck on it and reversed it. It became the top of a little banjo, but it was tuned like a mandolin. So then I graduated to a mandolin and long about that time – I must have been about three or something – I began singing."

By age eight, Sis Loden was a confident singer and skilled rhythm guitarist with a knack for picking up contemporary hillbilly or pop tunes. Mom's voice soared over the others, creating a harmony that paralleled with what Rose Carter later did with the Chuck Wagon Gang. When Pop added the necessary bass vocals, the Loden Family's sound began to gel....

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Tracklist
James, Sonny - The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD) CD 1
01 Bad Times A-Comin’
02 Gold And Silver
03 Least Of All You
04 Sugar Lump
05 Tying The Pieces Together
06 I’M Getting Gray From Being Blue
07 Runnin’
08 Just Ask Your Heart
09 On The Fingers Of One Hand
10 How Many Times Can A Man Be A Fool
11 On And On
12 I'll Never Find Another You
13 Goodbye Maggie, Goodbye
14 It's The Little Things
15 Don’T Cut Timber On A Windy Day
16 An Old Sweetheart Of Mine
17 Fairy Tales
18 In Waikiki
19 The Journey
20 A Midnight Mood
21 Since I Met You Baby
22 Clinging To A Hope
23 This World Of Ours
24 Blue For You
25 Woodbine Valley
James, Sonny - The Capitol Hits 1963-1972 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Room In Your Heart
02 The Minute You're Gone
03 Going Through The Motions (Of Living)
04 Baltimore
05 Ask Marie
06 You're The Only World I Know
07 I'll Keep Holding On (Just To Your Love)
08 Behind The Tear
09 Take Good Care Of Her
10 True Love's A Blessing
11 Need You
12 A World Of Our Own
13 Heaven Says Hello
14 Born To Be With You
15 Only The Lonely
16 Running Bear
17 It's Just A Matter Of Time
18 Endlessly
19 Empty Arms
20 Bright Lights, Big City
21 Here Comes Honey Again
22 Only Love Can Break A Heart
23 That's Why I Love You Like I Do
24 My Love
25 Don't Keep Me Hangin' On