Alabama native Sonny James dies in Nashville surrounded by friends and family

Sonny James

Musical legend and Hackleburg native Sonny James died today in Nashville.

NASHVILLE-Recently hospitalized, Sonny James passed away today, Monday, February 22nd, from natural causes. He died surrounded by family and friends at Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 87 years of age.


James, a Hackleburg, Alabama, native was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, this country music legend of the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s began his meteoric rise to fame with his multi-million selling 1956 hit “Young Love”. However, his legendary status was granted throughout the 1960’s and 70’s with his 26 #1 country hit singles, which includes his string of 16 consecutive #1 hit singles. To this day, Sonny James holds the record for the most consecutive #1’s by any solo recording artist throughout all musical genres.

Throughout his life, James has stood always at the ready to share a funny story. Accompanied by his boyish smile, this man of deep faith never failed to cultivate his unique gift of making every friend feel as if they were his greatest friend every step of the way.

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