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JAMES TRAVIS REEVES (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music). Known as "Gentleman Jim", his songs continued to chart for years after his death. Reeves died in the crash of his private airplane. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.


* 1 Biography

* 1.1 Early life and education * 1.2 Early career * 1.3 Initial success in the 1950s

* 1.4 Early 1960s and international fame

* 1.4.1 South Africa * 1.4.2 Britain and Ireland
* 1.4.3 Norway

* 1.5 Last recording session * 1.6 Personal life * 1.7 Death

* 2 Legacy

* 2.1 Posthumous releases * 2.2 India
and Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
* 2.3 Tributes

* 3 Discography * 4 Footnotes * 5 Further reading * 6 External links



Reeves was born at home in Galloway, Texas , a small rural community near Carthage . He was the youngest of 8 children born to Mary Beulah Adams Reeves (b. 1884) and Thomas Middleton Reeves (b. 1882). He was known as Travis during his childhood years. Winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas
University of Texas
, he enrolled to study speech and drama, but quit after only six weeks to work in the shipyards in Houston
. Soon he resumed baseball, playing in the semi-professional leagues before contracting with the St. Louis Cardinals "farm" team during 1944 as a right-handed pitcher. He played for the minor leagues for three years before severing his sciatic nerve while pitching, which ended his athletic career.


Reeves' initial efforts to pursue a baseball career were sporadic, possibly due to his uncertainty as to whether he would be drafted into the military as World War II
World War II
enveloped the United States. On 9 March 1943 he reported to the Army Induction Center in Tyler (Texas) for his preliminary physical examination. However, he failed the exam (probably due to a heart irregularity), and on 4 August 1943 an official letter declared his 4-F draft status. Reeves began to work as a radio announcer, and sang live between songs. During the late 1940s, he was contracted with a couple of small Texas-based recording companies, but without success. Influenced by such Western swing-music artists as Jimmie Rodgers and Moon Mullican , as well as popular singers Bing Crosby , Eddy Arnold and Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
, it was not long before he was a member of Moon Mullican's band, and made some early Mullican-style recordings like "Each Beat of my Heart" and "My Heart's Like a Welcome Mat" from the late 1940s to the early 1950s.

He eventually obtained a job as an announcer for KWKH-AM in Shreveport , Louisiana, then the home of the popular radio program the _ Louisiana Hayride _. According to former _Hayride_ master of ceremonies Frank Page , who had introduced Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
on the program in 1954, singer Sleepy LaBeef was late for a performance, and Reeves was asked to substitute. (Other accounts—including that of Reeves himself, in an interview on the RCA Victor album _Yours Sincerely_—name Hank Williams as the absentee.)


Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
was a country music singer who had success early on in his career with hits such as "I Love You" (a duet with Ginny Wright ), "Mexican Joe ", and "Bimbo " which reached Number 1 on the U.S. Country Charts in 1954. In addition to those early hits, Reeves recorded many other songs for Fabor Records and Abbott Records . In 1954, Abbott Records released a 45 single with "Bimbo" on side-A which hit #1 and featured Little Joe Hunt of the Arkansas Walk of Fame. Jim Reeves and Little Joe Hunt met at the Louisiana Hayride which was Louisiana's equivalent to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. After performing at the Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana, Reeves and Hunt traveled & performed together for several years in the dance halls and clubs of east Texas and rural Arkansas. Reeves became the headliner with Hunt as the backup performer. Due to his growing popularity, Reeves went on to release his first album in November 1955, _ Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
Sings_ (Abbott 5001), which proved to be one of Abbott Records' couple album releases. Reeves' star was on the rise because he had already been signed to a 10-year recording contract with RCA Victor by Steve Sholes. Sholes went on to produce some of Reeves' first recordings at RCA Victor. Sholes signed another performer from the Louisiana Hayride that same year (1955), Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
. Most of the talented performers of the 1950s such as Reeves, Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Ed & Maxine Brown, The Wilburn Brothers and Little Joe Hunt got their start at the Louisiana Hayride. In addition to the Hayride, Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
joined the Grand Ole Opry also in 1955. Reeves also made his first appearance on ABC-TV's _ Ozark Jubilee _ in 1955. He was such a hit with the fans that he was invited to act as fill-in host from May thru July 1958 on the popular program, Ozark Jubilee.

From his earliest recordings with RCA Victor, Reeves relied on the loud, east Texas style which was considered standard for country and western performers of that time. However, he developed a new style of singing over the course of his career. He said, "One of these days.....I'm gonna sing like I want to sing!" So, he decreased his volume and used the lower registers of his singing voice with his lips nearly touching the microphone. Amid protests from RCA but with the endorsement of his producer Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
, Reeves used this new style in a 1957 recording, a demo song of lost love that had originally been intended for a female voice. It was titled "Four Walls " which not only scored No. 1 on the country music charts, but scored No. 11 on the popular music charts as well. Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
was instrumental in creating a new style of country music which used violins and lusher background arrangements which soon became known as the Nashville Sound. This new sound was able to cross genres which made Reeves even more popular as a recording artist.

Reeves became known as a crooner because of his light yet rich baritone voice. Because of his vocal style, he was also considered a talented artist because of his versatility in crossing the music charts. He appealed to audiences that weren't necessarily country/western. His catalog of songs such as "Adios Amigo", "Welcome to My World", and "Am I Losing You?" demonstrated this appeal. Many of his Christmas songs have become perennial favorites including "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S", "Blue Christmas " and "An Old Christmas Card".

Reeves is also responsible for popularizing many gospel songs, including "We Thank Thee ", " Take My Hand, Precious Lord ", "Across The Bridge", "Where We'll Never Grow Old". He was given the name Gentleman Jim. an apt description of Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
both on stage ">

Reeves was one of an exclusive trio of performers to have released an album there that played at the little-used 16⅔ rpm speed. This unusual format was more suited to the spoken word and was quickly discontinued for music. The only other artists known to have released such albums in South Africa were Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
and Slim Whitman .

Britain And Ireland

Reeves toured Britain and Ireland
during 1963 between his tours of South Africa and Europe. Reeves and the Blue Boys were in Ireland
from May 30 to June 19, 1963, with a tour of US military bases from June 10 to 15, when they returned to Ireland. They performed in most counties in Ireland, though Reeves occasionally abbreviated performances because he was unhappy with the available pianos at concert venues. In a June 6, 1963 interview with _Spotlight_ magazine, Reeves expressed his concerns about the tour schedule and the condition of the pianos, but said he was pleased with the audiences.

There was a press reception for him at the Shannon Shamrock Inn organized by Tom Monaghan of Bunratty Castle , County Clare
County Clare
. Show band singers Maisie McDaniel and Dermot O'Brien welcomed him on May 29, 1963. A photograph appeared in the _Limerick Leader_ on June 1, 1963. Press coverage continued from May until Reeves' arrival with a photograph of the press reception in _The Irish Press_. _Billboard_ magazine in the US also reported the tour before and after. The single "Welcome to My World " with the B/W side "Juanita" was released by RCA Victor during June 1963 and bought by the distributors Irish Records Factors Ltd. This scored the record number one while Reeves was there during June.

There were a number of accounts of his dances in the local newspapers and a good account was given in _The Kilkenny People_ of his dance in the Mayfair Ballroom where 1,700 people were present. There was a photograph in _The Donegal
Democrat_ of Reeves' singing in the Pavesi Ball Room on June 7, 1963, and an account of his non-appearance on stage in _The Diamond_, Kiltimagh , County Mayo
County Mayo
in _The Western People_ representing how the tour went in different areas.

He planned to record an album of popular Irish songs, and had three number one songs in Ireland
during 1963 and 1964: "Welcome to My World", "I Love You Because ", and "I Won\'t Forget You ". The last two are estimated to have sold 860,000 and 750,000 respectively in Britain alone, excluding Ireland. Reeves had 11 songs in the Irish charts from 1962 to 1967. He recorded two Irish ballads, " Danny Boy " and "Maureen". "He'll Have to Go" was his most popular song there and was at number one and on the charts for months during 1960. He was one of the most popular recording artists in Ireland, in the first ten after the Beatles , Elvis and Cliff Richard .

He was permitted to perform in Ireland
by the Irish Federation of Musicians on the condition that he share the bill with Irish show bands , becoming popular by 1963. The British Musicians' Union would not permit him to perform there because no agreement existed for British show bands to travel to America in exchange for the Blue Boys playing in Britain. Reeves did, however, perform for British radio and TV programmes.


Reeves played at the sports arena Njårdhallen , Oslo on April 16, 1964 with Bobby Bare , Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
, the Blue Boys and the Anita Kerr Singers . They performed two concerts; the second was televised and recorded by the Norwegian network NRK
(Norsk Rikskringkasting, the only one in Norway
at the time). The complete concert, however, was not recorded, including some of Reeves' last songs. There are reports he performed "You're the Only Good Thing (That's Happened to Me)" in this section. The program has been repeated on NRK
several times over the years.

His first success in Norway, "He'll Have to Go", scored No. 1 in the Top Ten and scored the chart for 29 weeks. "I Love You Because" was his greatest success in Norway, scoring No. 1 during 1964 and scoring on the list for 39 weeks. His albums spent 696 weeks in the Norwegian Top 20 chart, making him one of the most popular music artists in the history of Norway.


Reeves's last recording session for RCA Victor had produced "Make the World Go Away ", "Missing You", and "Is It Really Over?" When the session ended with some time remaining on the schedule, Reeves suggested that he should record one more song. He taped "I Can\'t Stop Loving You ", in what was to be his final RCA recording. He made one later recording, however, at the little studio in his home. In late July 1964, a few days before his death, Reeves recorded "I'm a Hit Again", using just an acoustic guitar as accompaniment. That recording was never released by RCA (because it was a home recording not owned by the label), but appeared during 2003 as part of a collection of previously unissued Reeves songs released on the VoiceMasters label.


Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
married Mary White on 3 September 1947. They never had any children as Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
was believed to be sterile, due to complications from a mumps infection.


On Friday, July 31, 1964, Reeves and his business partner and manager Dean Manuel (also the pianist of Reeves's backing group, the Blue Boys) left Batesville, Arkansas , en route to Nashville in a single-engine Beechcraft
Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls. The two had secured a deal on some real estate (Reeves had also unsuccessfully tried to buy property from the LaGrone family in Deadwood, Texas , north of his birthplace of Galloway).

While flying over Brentwood, Tennessee , they encountered a violent thunderstorm. A subsequent investigation showed that the small airplane had become caught in the storm and Reeves suffered spatial disorientation . The singer's widow, Mary Reeves (1929–1999), probably unwittingly started the rumor that he was flying the airplane upside down and assumed he was increasing altitude to clear the storm. However, according to Larry Jordan, author of the 2011 biography, _Jim Reeves: His Untold Story_, this scenario is refuted by eyewitnesses known to crash investigators who saw the plane overhead immediately before the mishap, and confirmed that Reeves was not upside down. Fellow friend and legendary musician Marty Robbins , recalled hearing the wreck happen and alerting authorities to which direction he heard the impact. Jordan writes extensively about forensic evidence (including from the long-elusive tower tape and accident report), which suggests that instead of making a right turn to avoid the storm (as he had been advised by the approach controller to do), Reeves turned left in an attempt to follow Franklin Road to the airport. In so doing, he flew further into the rain. While preoccupied with trying to re-establish his ground references, Reeves let his airspeed get too low and stalled the aircraft. Relying on his instincts more than his training, evidence suggests he applied full power and pulled back on the yoke before leveling his wings—a fatal, but not uncommon, mistake that induced a stall/spin from which he was too low to recover. Jordan writes that according to the tower tape, Reeves ran into the heavy rain at 4:51 p.m. and crashed only a minute later, at 4:52 p.m.

When the wreckage was found some 42 hours later, it was discovered the airplane's engine and nose were buried in the ground due to the impact of the crash. The crash site was in a wooded area north-northeast of Brentwood approximately at the junction of Baxter Lane and Franklin Pike Circle, just east of Interstate 65 , and southwest of Nashville International Airport where Reeves planned to land.

On the morning of August 2, 1964, after an intense search by several parties (which included several personal friends of Reeves including Ernest Tubb and Marty Robbins ) the bodies of the singer and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of the aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States began to announce Reeves's death formally. Thousands of people traveled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves's final resting place near Carthage, Texas.


Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
Drive at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage , Texas

Reeves was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame during 1967, which honored him by saying, "The velvet style of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves' was an international influence. His rich voice brought millions of new fans to country music from every corner of the world. Although the crash of his private airplane took his life, posterity will keep his name alive because they will remember him as one of country music's most important performers."

In 1998 Reeves was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas, where the Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
Memorial is located. The inscription on the memorial reads, "If I, a lowly singer, dry one tear, or soothe one humble human heart in pain, then my homely verse to God is dear, and not one stanza has been sung in vain."


Reeves' records continued to sell well, both earlier as well as new albums, issued after his death. His widow, Mary, combined unreleased tracks with previous releases (placing updated instrumentals alongside Reeves' original vocals) to produce a regular series of "new" albums after her husband's death. She also operated the Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
Museum in Nashville from the mid-1970s until 1996. On the fifteenth anniversary of Jim's death Mary told a country music magazine interviewer, "Jim Reeves my husband is gone; Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
the artist lives on."

During 1966, Reeves' record "Distant Drums " hit No. 1 on the British singles chart and remained there for five weeks, beating competition from the Beatles ' "Yellow Submarine " and "Eleanor Rigby " (a double-sided "A" release), and the Small Faces
Small Faces
' song, "All Or Nothing". The song stayed in the UK charts for 45 weeks as well as taking the No. 1 on the US country music chart. Originally, "Distant Drums" had been recorded merely as a "demo" for its composer, Cindy Walker , believing it was for her personal use and had been deemed "unsuitable" for general release by Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
and RCA Victor. During 1966, however, RCA determined that there was a market for the song because of the war in Vietnam . It was named Song of the Year in the UK during 1966 and Reeves became the first American artist to receive the accolade. That same year, singer Del Reeves (no relation) recorded an album paying tribute to him.

In 1980, Reeves had another two Top Ten posthumous duet hits along with the late country star Patsy Cline , who featured on _Have You Ever Been Lonely? _ and _ I Fall to Pieces _. Although the two had never recorded together during their tragically short lives, producers Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins
and Owen Bradley lifted their isolated vocal performances off their original 3-track stereo master session tapes, resynchronized them and re-recorded new digital backing tracks.

Reeves' compilation albums containing well-known standards continue to sell well. _The Definitive Collection_ scored No. 21 in the UK album charts during July 2003, and _Memories are Made of This_ scored No. 35 during July 2004. Bear Family Records produced a 16-CD boxed set of Reeves' studio recordings and several smaller sets, mainly radio broadcasts and demos. During 2007, the label released a set entitled _Nashville Stars on Tour,_ including audio and video material of the RCA European tour during April 1964 in which Reeves features prominently.

Since 2003, the US-based VoiceMasters has issued more than 80 previously unreleased Reeves recordings, including new songs as well as newly overdubbed material. Among them was "I'm a Hit Again", the last song he recorded in his basement studio just a few days before his death. VoiceMasters overdubbed this track in the same studio in Reeves' former home (now owned by a Nashville record producer). Reeves' fans repeatedly urged RCA or Bear Family to re-release some of the songs overdubbed during the years after his death which have never appeared on CD.

A compilation CD _The Very Best of Jim Reeves_ scored No. 8 on initial release in the UK album chart during May 2009, to later score its maximum of No. 7 during late June, his first top 10 album in the UK since 1992.


Reeves had many fans in both India
and Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
since the 1960s, and is probably the all-time most popular English language singer in Sri Lanka. His Christmas carols are especially popular, and music stores continue to carry his CDs or audio cassettes. There was a Muslim school girl in Kegalle
, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
who wore only white sari to the school for three months from the date of his untimely death. Two of his songs, "There's a Heartache Following Me" and "Welcome to My World," were favorites of the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba . A follower of Meher Baba, Pete Townshend of the Who , recorded his own version of "Heartache" on his first major solo album _ Who Came First _ during 1972. During Christmas season his versions of "Jingle Bells", Silent Night" or "Mary's Boy Child" are the most sought after songs/albums in Sri Lanka.

Robert Svoboda , in his trilogy on _Aghora_ and the Aghori Vimalananda, mentions that Vimalananda considered Reeves a gandharva , i.e. in Indian tradition, a heavenly musician, who had been born on Earth. He had Svoboda play Reeves' "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his cremation.


Tributes to Reeves were composed in the British Isles after his death. The song "A Tribute to Jim Reeves" was written by Eddie Masterson and recorded by Larry Cunningham and the Mighty Avons and during January 1965 it scored on the UK Charts and Top Ten in Ireland. It scored the UK Charts on 10 December 1964 and was there for 11 weeks and sold 250,000 copies. The Dixielanders Show Band also recorded a 'Tribute to Jim Reeves' written by Steve Lynch and recorded during September 1964 and it scored on the Northern Ireland
Charts during September 1964. The Masterson song was translated later into Dutch and recorded.

In the UK, "We'll Remember You" was written by Geoff Goddard but not released until 2008 on the _Now & Then: From Joe Meek To New Zealand_ double album by Houston

Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra , a Canadian alternative rock band whose musical style blends elements of surf music, gospel music, rockabilly, garage and punk released the song entitled "Jimmy Reeves" on their 1992 album "Don't Mind If I Do"

Reeves remains a popular artist in Ireland
and many Irish singers have recorded tribute albums. A play by author Dermot Devitt, _Put Your Sweet Lips,_ was based on Reeves' appearance in Ireland
at the Pavesi Ballroom in Donegal
town on 7 June 1963 and reminiscences of people who attended.

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* ^ Jordan, Larry _Jim Reeves: His Untold Story_ Page Turner Books International, 2011 p 58-59 * ^ _ Jim Reeves
Jim Reeves
- His Untold Story_ p. 41 * ^ "Frank Page Obituary". _Shreveport Times _. Retrieved January 12, 2013. * ^ Vinopal, David. "Jim Reeves\' biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012. * ^ First made famous nationally by Eddy Arnold in 1949. * ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 10 – Tennessee Firebird: American country music before and after Elvis. " (audio). _Pop Chronicles _. University of North Texas Libraries . * ^ Malone, Bill, _Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection_ ((booklet included with _Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection _ 4-disc set). Smithsonian Institution, 1990), p. 51. * ^ "Gentleman Jim" by Wayne Forsythe, Country Song Roundup, August 1975 * ^ "Obituary: Mary Reeves". November 18, 1999. Retrieved August 1, 2016. * ^ "Country Song Roundup", July 1975 * ^ Bielen, Kenneth G. (1999). _The Lyrics of Civility: Biblical Images & Popular Music Lyrics in American Culture_. Psychology Press. p. 94. ISBN 9780815331933 . Retrieved November 29, 2012. * ^ Svoboda, Robert E. (1986). _Aghora: at the left hand of God_ (illustrated, reprint ed.). Brotherhood of Life. pp. 35,313. ISBN 9780914732211 . * ^ Haule, John Ryan (2012). _Tantra and Erotic Trance: Volume One – Outer Work_. Fisher King Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780977607686 . Retrieved November 29, 2012. * ^ " Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra – Bio". Jerryjerry.ca. Retrieved 23 April 2012.


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Jim Reeves
Discography. – LP Discography – Covers & Lyrics. – (US charted singles and albums) * Bergan, Jon Vidar (2006). "Store Rock- Og Pop- Leksikon". – _Big Rock and Pop Encyclopedia_. – Kunnskapsforlaget, Oslo. – (UK charted singles) * Gilde, Tore (1994). "Den Store Norske Hitboka". – _The Big Norwegian Hit Book_. – Exlex Forlag A/S, Oslo. – ( Norway
charted singles and albums) * Rumble, John (1998). "Jim Reeves". – _The Encyclopedia of Country Music_. – Paul Kingsbury, Editor. – New York: Oxford University Press. – pp. 435–6. – ISBN 978-0-19-517608-7 * Stanton, Scott (2003). "Jim Reeves". – _The Tombstone Tourist: Musicians_. – New York: Simon color:white; border:2px solid black">

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