Sonny James

My Love/Don't Keep Me Hangin' On

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My Love/Don't Keep Me Hangin' On is an album of love songs based around Sonny James' hit "My Love," a Tony Hatch composition that was previously a pop hit for Petula Clark. "Don't Keep Me Hangin' On," the album's other title track, is an original that followed "My Love" to the top of the country charts. The love song theme is an obvious one but gives the album more cohesion than James' usual collections of songs. James' characteristic pop and country covers are at a minimum on this outing, with remakes of Nat King Cole's "Ramblin' Rose" and Stonewall Jackson's "Waterloo." James' signature country-pop sound, with acoustic guitars placed prominently in the foreground, is an appealing one and he was selling records by the truckload at this time. My Love/Don't Keep Me Hangin' On was made in the midst of his long string of number one hits and is typical of his output from this period: accomplished, consistent, predictable, and a little bland.

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