Professionally known as Sonny James, American country music singer-songwriter Jimmie Hugh Loden had one of the most successful careers in the 1960’s. His songs, music, and talent truly justify his stardom during his time. In fact, 21 of his albums entered the Top Ten in the country music charts. Also, in 1961, Sonny James received and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition, he was dubbed as the “Southern Gentleman” because of his congenial and respectful manner and attitude.
It’s true that James produced his original no. 1 hits. However, he had also popularized several songs of other artists. The best example of this is his revival of The Seekers‘ 1964 song “I’ll Never Find Another You.” In 1967, James made a country music tune for the popular folk song. It was definitely a great success since James gave the song its no. 1 spot on the Billboard music charts. James’ version of “I’ll Never Find Another You” ranked 1st on the Hot Country Singles. In addition, it also went to no. 97 on the Hot 100 in 1967.
WATCH: Country music artist Sonny James performs The Seekers’ “I’ll Never Find Another You” live on August 31, 1969.
The Original Version
A 1960’s hit song, “I’ll Never Find Another You” was originally recorded and performed by Australian folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers. The group recorded the song on November 4, 1964, at Abbey Road studios London, and officially released it the following month. English folk-pop artist Tom Springfield penned and at the same time produced the song for EMI Columbia DB and Capitol Record, Inc. To note, Tom, the brother of Dusty Springfield, was mainly responsible for writing the quartet’s hits.
Moreover, “I’ll Never Find Another You” was The Seekers’ first ever single that was released in the United Kingdom. Also, it was the group’s second best-selling song in the U.K. in 1965. “I’ll Never Find Another You” was a definite chart-topper in the mid and late 1960’s. Actually, it entered music charts in four countries. Most notably, it placed on the no. 1 spot on both the Australian Kent Music Report and U.K. Singles Chart. Meanwhile, in Ireland, it peaked at no. 2.
On the other hand, “I’ll Never Find Another You” also listed on the Billboard music charts. The song reached the second spot on the Billboard Easy Listening and fourth on the Hot 100.
Furthermore, in 2011, the song was officially included to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Sounds of Australia registry.
WATCH: The Seekers perform their 1965 hit “I’ll Never Find Another You”.
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