Sonny James discography

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Sonny James discography
Studio albums 37
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 13
Singles 103
B-sides 2
Tribute albums 2
No. 1 Singles (USA) 26

The article presents a discography for American country artist Sonny James.

Studio albums[edit]

1950s[edit]

Title Album details
The Southern Gentleman
Sonny
  • Release date: September 1957
  • Label: Capitol Records
Honey
  • Release date: 1958
  • Label: Capitol Records
The Sonny Side
  • Release date: 1959
  • Label: Capitol Records

1960s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
The Minute You're Gone
  • Release date: November 1963
  • Label: Capitol Records
You're the Only World I Know
  • Release date: November 1964
  • Label: Capitol Records
2
I'll Keep Holding On (Just to Your Love)
  • Release date: March 1965
  • Label: Capitol Records
2
Behind the Tear
  • Release date: October 1965
  • Label: Capitol Records
2
True Love's a Blessing
  • Release date: October 1965
  • Label: Capitol Records
3
Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall
  • Release date: July 1966
  • Label: Capitol Records
6
Need You
  • Release date: April 1967
  • Label: Capitol Records
1
I'll Never Find Another You
  • Release date: August 1967
  • Label: Capitol Records
6
A World of Our Own
  • Release date: 1967
  • Label: Capitol Records
8
Heaven Says Hello
  • Release date: June 1968
  • Label: Capitol Records
16
Born to Be with You
  • Release date: 1968
  • Label: Capitol Records
2
Only the Lonely
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: Capitol Records
4 161
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s and 1980s[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
It's Just a Matter of Time
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: Capitol Records
4 177
My Love/Don't Keep Me Hangin' On
  • Release date: July 1970
  • Label: Capitol Records
8 197
#1 Biggest Hits in Country Music
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: Capitol Records
6 187
Empty Arms
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: Capitol Records
9 150
The Sensational Sonny James
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: Capitol Records
6 197
Here Comes Honey Again
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: Capitol Records
16
That's Why I Love You Like I Do
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: Capitol Records
5
When the Snow Is on the Roses 4 190
The Greatest Country Hits of '72
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Columbia Records
12
If She Helps Me Get Over You
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Columbia Records
17
Is It Wrong
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: Columbia Records
22
Mis Esposa Con Amor (To My Wife with Love)
  • Release date: 1974
  • Label: Columbia Records
27
A Little Bit South of Saskatoon/
Little Band of Gold
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: Columbia Records
29
The Guitars of Sonny James
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: Columbia Records
41
Country Male Artist of the Decade
  • Release date: 1975
  • Label: Columbia Records
31
200 Years of Country Music
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: Columbia Records
6
When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
  • Release date: 1976
  • Label: Columbia Records
26
You're Free to Go
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: Columbia Records
25
This Is the Love
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: Columbia Records
Sunny Side Up
I'm Looking Over the Rainbow
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: Dimension Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Christmas albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US
My Christmas Dream
  • Release date: 1966
  • Label: Capitol Records
73

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
The Astrodome Presents in Person Sonny James
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: Capitol Records
4 83
In Prison, In Person
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: Columbia Records
25
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US
The Best of Sonny James
  • Release date: November 1966
  • Label: Capitol Records
1 141
The Best of Sonny James, Vol. 2
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: Capitol Records
26
Sonny James Close Up
  • Release date: 1969
  • Label: Capitol Records
38 184
Biggest Hits
  • Release date: 1971
  • Label: Capitol Records
7
Traces
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: Capitol Records
21
The Gentleman from the South
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Capitol Records
41
Young Love
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Capitol Records
50
Hit Sounds
  • Release date: 1973
  • Label: Capitol Records
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1978
  • Label: Columbia Records
Sonny James
American Originals
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Columbia Records
Capitol Collector's Series
  • Release date: 1990
  • Label: Capitol Records
The Best of Sonny James
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

1950s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
UK
[2]
1952 "Short Cut" non-album singles
"That's Me Without You" 9
1953 "Somebody Else's Heartache"
"Poor Boy Rich Lovin'"
"My Greatest Thrill"
1954 "That's How I Need You"
"The People Next to Me"
"She Done Give Her Heart to Me" 14
"I Forgot to Remember Santa Claus"
1955 "Lovin' Season"
"Ain't Gonna Take No Chance"
"Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall" Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall
"Let's Go Bunny Huggin'" non-album singles
"Pigtails and Ribbons"
1956 "For Rent (One Empty Heart)" 7 The Best of Sonny James
"Twenty Feet of Muddy Water" 11 The Minute You're Gone
"The Cat Came Back" 12 30 You're the Only World I Know
"Young Love" 1 1 11 The Sonny Side
1957 "First Date, First Kiss, First Love" 9 25
"Lovesick Blues" 15
"A Mighty Lovable Man"
"Uh-Huh-mm" 8 92
1958 "Kathleen"
"Are You Mine"
"You Got That Touch" 94 non-album singles
"Let Me Be the One to Love You"
1959 "Dream Big"
"Talk of the School" 85
"Pure Love" 107
"Who's Next in Line"
"I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" 80 Sonny
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1960s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN Country
[3]
CAN
[3]
1960 "Jenny Lou" 22 67 non-album singles
"Wandering"
"Bimbo"
1961 "Apache" 87
"Innocent Angel"
"Young Love" (re-recording)
1962 "The Day's Not Over Yet"
"Just Another Lie"
"On the Longest Day"
1963 "The Minute You're Gone" 9 95 The Minute You're Gone
"Going Through the Motions (Of Living)" 17
1964 "Baltimore" 6 134 You're the Only World I Know
"Sugar Lump" 27
"You're the Only World I Know" 1 91
1965 "I'll Keep Holding On (Just to Your Love)" 2 116 I'll Keep Holding On (Just to Your Love)
"Behind the Tear" 1 113 Behind the Tear
"True Love's a Blessing" 3 True Love's a Blessing
1966 "Take Good Care of Her" 1
"Room in Your Heart" 2 The Best of Sonny James
"Barefoot Santa Claus" My Christmas Dream
1967 "Need You" 1 Need You
"I'll Never Find Another You" 1 97 I'll Never Find Another You
"It's the Little Things" 1 2 Behind the Tear
1968 "A World of Our Own" 1 118 1 A World of Our Own
"Heaven Says Hello" 1 26 Heaven Says Hello
"Born to Be with You" 1 81 9 Born to Be with You
1969 "Only the Lonely" 1 92 1 93 Only the Lonely
"Running Bear" 1 94 1 74 The Astrodome Presents in Person
"Since I Met You Baby"[A] 1 65 3 79
"It's Just a Matter of Time" 1 87 4 85 It's Just a Matter of Time
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1970s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[1]
US
[1]
CAN Country
[3]
1970 "My Love" 1 125 3 My Love/Don't Keep Me Hangin' On
"Don't Keep Me Hangin' On" 1 17
"Endlessly" 1 108 10 Empty Arms
1971 "Empty Arms" 1 93 1
"Bright Lights, Big City" 1 91 4 The Sensational Sonny James
"Here Comes Honey Again" 1 4 Here Comes Honey Again
"Only Love Can Break a Heart" 2 2 Biggest Hits
1972 "That's Why I Love You Like I Do" 1 1 That's Why I Love You Like I Do
"When the Snow Is on the Roses" 1 103 1 When the Snow Is on the Roses
"Traces" 30 42 Traces
"White Silver Sands" 5 2 When the Snow Is on the Roses
"Downfall of Me" 32 48 That's Why I Love You Like I Do
1973 "I Love You More and More Everyday" 4 3 If She Helps Me Get Over You
"Reach Out Your Hand and Touch Me" 61 71 Empty Arms
"If She Just Helps Me Get Over You" 15 11 If She Helps Me Get Over You
"Heaven on Earth" 66 58 The Sensational Sonny James
"Surprise, Surprise" 49 67 Here Comes Honey Again
1974 "Is It Wrong (For Loving You)" 1 75 Is It Wrong
"A Mi Esposa Con Amor (To My Wife with Love)" 4 3 A Mi Esposa Con Amor (To My Wife with Love)
"All the Way Together" That's Why I Love You Like I Do
1975 "A Little Bit South of Saskatoon" 6 9 A Little Bit South of Saskatoon/
Little Band of Gold
"Little Band of Gold" 5 4
"Maria Elena" The Guitars of Sonny James
"What in the World's Come Over You" 10 3 Country Male Artist of the Decade
"Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)" 67 The Guitars of Sonny James
1976 "Prisoner's Song" 14 3 200 Years of Country Music
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" 6 5 When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
"Come On In" 8 10 Greatest Hits
1977 "You're Free to Go" 9 21 You're Free to Go
"In the Jailhouse Now" (with His Tennessee State Prison Band) 15 30 In Prison In Person
"Abilene" (with His Tennessee State Prison Band) 24 16
1978 "This Is the Love" 16 37 This Is the Love
"Caribbean" 18 20
"Building Memories" 30 39 Greatest Hits
1979 "Hold What You've Got" 36 60 Sunny Side Up
"Lorelei" 62
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1980s[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[1]
CAN Country
[3]
1981 "Innocent Lies" (and His Southern Gentleman) 19 40 I'm Looking Over the Rainbow
1982 "A Place in the Sun" (and His Southern Gentleman) 60
"I'm Looking Over the Rainbow" (and Silver) 66
"The Fool in Me" (and Silver) 33
1983 "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" (and Silver) 58
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other singles[edit]

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
[1]
1985 "One Big Family" Heart of Nashville 61 non-album single

Charted B-sides[edit]

Year B-side Peak positions A-side
US Country
[1]
1957 "You're the Reason I'm in Love" 6 "Young Love"
1964 "Ask Marie" 19 "Sugar Lump"
1976 "Back in the Saddle Again" flip "The Prisoner's Song"

Notes[edit]

  • A^ "Since I Met You Baby" also peaked at number 38 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in Canada.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Billboard chart positions > singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sonny James UK Chart runs". Polyhex.com. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Search results for "Sonny James"". RPM. Retrieved 11 February 2010.