Music City is mourning the loss of “the Southern Gentleman.”  Sonny James passed away yesterday at the age of 87.  Born James Hugh Loden on May 1, 1929, in Hackleburg, Ala. After serving in the U.S. Army, Sonny made his country chart debut in 1953 with “That’s Me Without You,” which peaked at No. 9. His smooth, crooning style made him a natural fit for the so-called “Nashville Sound” of the 1960s, characterized by lush arrangements and non-traditional instrumentation.   James earned Nashville’s first start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He was also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.  James is best known for his breakthrough hit “Young Love.”  It spent four-weeks at Number One in 1957.  He also released 16 consecutive chart-topping singles in the 1960s and early 70s.