Sonny James - Sonny James In Prison, In Person - Interview download mp3 album
Equipment and musical instruments donated to Inmates by Sonny James through Wade Fay Fender Company. Matrix, Runout: PAL-34708-1B A2 S2.
Sonny James In Prison, In Person" was recorded in 1977 with inmates at the Tennessee State Prison, while "The Astrodome Presents the Southern Gentlemen" in 1969 was the first live album recorded there. His "Little Bit South of Saskatoon," which he wrote, was used as theme music for the movie "Slap Shot" starring Paul Newman. James had retired to Nashville, Tenn. in 1984 because of vocal issues, according to Robble.
Singer Sonny James, left, talks during a luncheon in Nashville with his new boss, Columbia Records President Clive Davis, on May 15, 1972. Phillips, The Tennessean. In 1977 Mr. James, inspired by previous visits to Tennessee State Prison, recorded an album there, In Prison, In Person, on which he was backed by a band of inmates. In August 1983, Mr. James released his last single, A Free Roamin’ Mind. That year, he retired from performing.
James helped personify a lighter musical style of country in the mid 1950s, continuing his career through the early 1980s. He was also one of the first artists in the format to consistently see his records cross over to the pop charts. He would stay on the roster through 1979, releasing two of his most legendary albums for the label: 1976's 200 Years of Country Music and 1977's In Person, In Prison, recorded at the Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, with several of the prisoners playing the instruments themselves. James released his final Hot Country Songs charted single, "A Free Roamin' Mind," in the summer of 1983, which peaked at No. 58. A devoted family man, he then retired from the spotlight, with only a handful of public appearances since.
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