Empty Arms

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"Empty Arms"
Single by Sonny James
from the album Empty Arms
B-side "Everything Begins and Ends with You"
Released January 1971
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Ivory Joe Hunter
Sonny James singles chronology
"Empty Arms"
"Bright Lights, Big City"

"Empty Arms" is a song composed and first recorded by Ivory Joe Hunter which became an R&B hit in 1957. A cover version by Teresa Brewer became a hit for her that same year.[1] The song was successfully revived with a 1971 single by Sonny James. "Empty Arms" was Sonny James' eighteenth number one on the country charts. The single stayed at number one for four weeks and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the chart.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 93
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Dean, Maury (2003-01-01). Rock and Roll. Algora Publishing. ISBN 9780875862071. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 172. 
Preceded by
"After the Fire Is Gone"
by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 10-May 1, 1971
Succeeded by
"How Much More Can She Stand"
by Conway Twitty
Preceded by
by George Hamilton IV
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 17, 1971
Succeeded by
"Man from the City"
by Humphrey and the Dumptrucks