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"Capitol Collectors Series"
© Capitol Records
Year of Release: 2004
First Date First Kiss
The Minute You're Gone
You're The Only World
True Love's A Blessing
Take Good Care Of Her
Room In Your Heart
I'll Never Find
Heaven Says Hello
Only The Lonely
Since I Met You Baby
It's Just A Matter Of Time
Bright Lights Big City
Only Love Can
Break A Heart
That's Why I Love You
Like I Do
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"Capitol Collectors Series"
Country legend Sonny James had 23 Country #1's in his career, and at the
time I was researching/collecting his #1s, there wasn't one compilation set
that would have all 23 (and more). His Capitol Collectors Series
gathered 13, where he would change record labels to Columbia. (Although on
other best-of compilations, it seemed there was a combination of his labels,
but not a set of all 23.) The Capitol Collectors Series featured the
following #1s: " Young Love", "You're The Only World I Know", "Take Good
Care Of Her," "Need You", "I'll Never Find Another You", "Heaven Says Hello",
"Only The Lonely," [Roy Orbison favorite], "Since I Met You Baby,"
"It's Just A Matter Of Time", [which Randy Travis would re-record, and
reach #1], " My Love," [which Petula Clark would reach #1 on the Pop
chart], "Empty Arms," [Ray Price], "Bright Lights Big City,"
and "That's Why I Love You Like I Do."
If you're a familiar fan of Sonny James, he had a unique voice and sound
that was easily recognized as his. That particular style is found on many of
the non-#1 tracks here, such as "First Date First Kiss First Love," "The
Minute You're Gone," "True Love's A Blessing," "Room In Your Heart, "Only Love
Can Break A Heart." "Baltimore" has a sound where there was talking
and singing, and could be considered a style found on a western television show
(Bonanza/Ponderosa) or western movie. The talking and singing style is
compared to another legend, that of Bill Anderson on "Ask Marie."
I have yet to see one compilation featuring all of his #1 hits. Most of
the #1 songs from the Captiol Collectors Series can be found on his
Razor & Tie release, Young Love: The Classic Hits Of Sonny James.
The remaining #1 hits were found on his The Best Of Sonny James (Curb)
and American Originals (Columbia). Sonny James is a legend, and a member
of the Country Music Hall of Fame. His voice and style truly defines the
sound of Country, and surely has been an inspiration to future Country stars
who have followed. Picking up any best-of/greatest hits of his #1's and other
hits will be truly enjoyed, and will bring back memories for those who remember
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