Sonny James performs “Young Love” Grand Ole Opry 1965.

On Billboard's country music charts, it was a No. 1 hit for nine weeks, and remained the longest-reigning of James' 23 chart-topping songs on the chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 8 song of the year for 1957.

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“Young Love”:

Ric Cartey with the Jiva-Tones (Single 1956)
Ric Cartey with the Jiva-Tones (Single 1956)

Is a popular song, written by Ric Cartey and Carole Joyner, and published in 1956. The original version was recorded by Ric Cartey With The Jiva-Tones on November 24, 1956. It was released in 1956 by Stars Records as catalog number 539 and one month later by RCA Records as catalog number 47-6751. Cartey’s version never charted.

The recording by American country singer Sonny James was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 3602. It first reached the Billboard chart on January 5, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at No. 1; on the Best Seller chart, at No. 2; on the Juke Box chart, at No. 4; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached No. 2. On Billboard’s country music charts, it was a No. 1 hit for nine weeks, and remained the longest-reigning of James’ 23 chart-topping songs on the chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 8 song of the year for 1957.

Sonny James ‎– Young Love( Spain edition)
Sonny James ‎– Young Love( Spain edition)

The recording was produced by Ken Nelson and was recorded October 30, 1956, at Bradley Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The vocal backing was provided by Harlan Powell, one of Sonny’s band members at the time, Gordon Stoker and one other individual. The Jordanaires backed Sonny James on several songs in the late 50’s and on a few of his songs when he returned to Capitol in 1963, but it was the vocal sounds of The Southern Gentlemen, who joined him in August 1964, that provided his vocal background thru 1971.

The flip side of James’ version of “Young Love” was a song called “You’re the Reason I’m In Love.” That song was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country charts in early 1957. In 1971 – 14 years after the original — James re-recorded that song in a faster-tempoed, horn-heavy rendition as “That’s Why I Love You Like I Do” (the original slower-tempoed song featured an electric guitar solo); the newly recorded, re-titled version was released as a single and reached No. 1 in June 1972.

Connie Francis(Single)
Connie Francis(Single)

Some Versions
Ric Cartey with The Jiva-Tones 1956
Sonny James, The Southern Gentleman November 1956
David Ross (Ross McManus) March 1957
Leon Payne 1957
Connie Francis November 1959
Joe Dowell 1961
Lesley Gore January 1966
Bobby Vinton 1967
Ray Conniff 1973
Leroy Van Dyke 1978
Brothers December 4, 2001

Sonny James – Young Love Lyrics

They say for every boy and girl
There’s just one love in this whole world
And I know I’ve found mine

The heavenly touch of your embrace
Tells me no one could take your place
Ever in my heart

Young love, first love
Filled with deep devotion
Young love, our love
We share with deep emotion

Just one kiss from your sweet lips
Will tell me that our love is real
And I can feel that it’s true

For we will vow to one another
There will never be another
Love for you or for me

Young love, first love
Filled with deep devotion
Young love, our love
We share with deep emotion

Young love, first love
Filled with deep devotion
Young love, first love
Filled with deep devotion

Sonny James – Young Love (Single 1956)
Sonny James – Young Love (Single 1956)

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