Sonny James – Empty Arms, is a song composed and first recorded by Ivory Joe Hunter which became an R&B hit in 1957. This original version peaked at #2 on the US, R&B Airplay chart and at #43 on the pop chart.
A cover version by Teresa Brewer became a hit the same month as the original recording.
The song was successfully revived with a 1971 single by Sonny James. “Empty Arms” was Sonny James’ eighteenth number one on the country charts. The single stayed at number one for four weeks and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the chart.
Sonny James – Empty Arms
From the album Empty Arms
B-side “Everything Begins and Ends with You”
Released January 1971
Songwriter(s) Ivory Joe Hunter