Sonny James–‘One Of The Family’–Dies At Age 87
The Southern Gentleman, Sonny James, has died at the age of 87. As a boy his music was played at our home, and his voice was always in that register which allowed every guy to be able to sing along. Over the decades he has never failed to find a reason to be on the stereo with the volume turned up.
My favorite of his recordings is the fantastic version of Empty Arms.
His life was rich and rewarding. As an example he made a cassette tape for the three-man Apollo 14 crew to listen to during their mission. Upon their return to Earth, the astronauts gave him an American flag that they had brought with them on their moon flight.
When I was working at WDOR under the name Trevor James I always teased when playing a record of Sonny’s that he was family. As I type this post his live album from the Houston Astrodome is spinning.