Now there was a song

ZZ Sonny James

Sonny James/photo submitted

By Doug Davis

This week in 1971 a new snowmobile speed record of 140.6 mph was set in Utah, labor leader George Meany urged Congress to take control of the economy from Nixon, The Air force grounded all of its C-5A cargo planes, the world’s largest plane, because of possible defects in engine mountings and a singer from Hackleburg, Alabama, had his 38th hit record.

According to Sonny James, his 1971 number one “Here Comes Honey Again” was written on the telephone.

Sonny commented, “I didn’t want to copy it but I wanted a song that was in the same vein as “Take Good Care Of Her.” I loved that song and it had been real good to me. I was trying for a song that was real simple and in that same tempo, so Carole Smith and I would up writing “Here Comes Honey Again” on the telephone. And when we were finished the two songs were nothing alike. Each of the songs has an entirely different message but they both had that same flow.”

“Here Comes Honey Again” hit the country music charts October 2nd, 1971, and became his 20th number one on November 6th. It was his 38th charted song. The single was produced by George Richey and was on the charts for 15 weeks.

Sonny James was born James Hugh Loden in 1929 in Hackleburg, Alabama. He placed 72 songs on the country charts between 1953 and 1983. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1965 and was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2006.

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