Sonny James is often a forgotten star of country music. He retired in 1983 at the age of 53 but during his 30 career, 1953-1983, he placed 72 singles on the BILLBOARD Country Chart, including 23 number ones. His most amazing accomplishemnt came during 1967-1971, when he had 16 consecutive number one country singles.
One of the biggest hits of his career came in 1957 when “Young Love,” topped the Country Chart for nine weeks and became his defining song.
It was also one of the first country songs of the rock and roll era to cross over to the pop charts and become a huge hit. While it would sell over one-million copies, its progress was slowed at the beginning when the Capital label only pressed enough copies for a country audience. They could not meet the demand when it became a pop hit.
It only topped one of the BILLBOARD Magazine pop charts when it reached number one on the Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart, the week of February 9, 1957. It was the only top 10 pop hit of his career.