LAST UPDATED ON 27 NOVEMBER 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

For a number of years, the late Leo Jackson answered questions that Jim Reeves fans sent to him through the fan club. Leo replied to each of them as best as he could. He replied to the last question  10 days before his death.

Click here to  read the questions and Leo's replies

 

WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB

THIS WEB SITE WAS  ENDORSED BY JIM'S LEAD GUITAR PLAYER THE LATE LEO JACKSON

 

Jim Reeves

Our objective is to promote the music of Jim Reeves and keep the memory of him alive. Also, we supply the members with a quarterly fan club magazine of 12  pages, full of interesting articles, album reviews, photos, etc.

The fan club was founded as THE NEW DUTCH JIM REEVES FAN CLUB by Arie den Dulk and Bert Bossink in 1975. For the first two years we catered only to Dutch speaking fans, but since the closure of the British Jim Reeves Fan Club in 1977, we have two editions of the club magazine, one in Dutch, the other in English. Some years ago we changed to our present name as for more than  25 years it has  been the only Jim Reeves fan club.

Our approximately 250 members live all over the world, but 80% are Europeans. We have members in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australasia, India and Japan.

On this website we'll put various information such as discographies, newspaper cuttings and photographs from my own and other collections. Any material from visitors to this site is welcome.

If you wish to join the fan club or would like to know more about it,  or have any questions,  please write to: The Jim Reeves Fan Club. Or you may send mail to our postal address, which is:  

 

 

Jim Reeves Fan Club
Postbus 66
2280 AB Ryswyk
The Netherlands
 

CHRISTMAS TIME AT THE HOME OF JIM AND MARY REEVES 

Two pictures taken at Jim's home at Christmas  time.

 Please  click here to  view them

 

24 NOVEMBER 2016

WE WISH OUR AMERICAN FAN CLUB MEMBERS A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Today it is Thanksgiving, an American Public Holiday. It was originally celebrated as a  day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.  Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.

Many people will travel long distances to visit their relatives and celebrate Thanksgiving  with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

It was no exception for Jim and Mary Reeves to celebrate Thanksgiving at home. It is known on two occasions that it did not happen.

On Thursday 22nd November 1962 Jim and Mary flew to Dallas to visit relatives in Texas and on Thursday 28th November 1963 Jim was in the middle of a three day stint at the 4 Seasons Nite Club in Denver, Colorado. It is not known if Mary Reeves had joined Jim on this tour.
 

16 NOVEMBER 2016

UPDATE ABOUT TOM PERRYMAN
 

An update for those friends and fans of Hall of Fame DJ Tom Perryman. Tom is improving. However, the fall he took on July 7th took its toll on the 89 year young broadcaster. He has been either in the hospital or rehab since that date...unable to go home. His family is coming to Tyler, Texas to be with him in the rehab facility for Thanksgiving (November 24th). Miss Billie is with him every day and his friends and co-workers visit often so he is not alone. It is everyone’s hope that he will continue his improvement and be able to go “home” for Christmas.

Jack Benner- DGS Senior Sales/Marketing Professional Alpha Media USA (East Texas)

11 NOVEMBER 2016

(Updated 12 November 2016)

FLORAL TRIBUTE FOR MARY REEVES ON THE  ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH 
 

Today we remember the 17th anniversary of the death of Mary Reeves.  For almost 35 years Mary nursed, promoted and especially protected the image of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves'.

To read more about it and view pictures of the floral tribute - click  here

 

6 NOVEMBER 2016

 JIM REEVES SONGS IN DUTCH RADIO EVERGREEN TOP 1000 CHART

Dutch Radio5 Nostalgia radio station will broadcast the 2016 edition of "Evergreen Top 1000" from Monday 7 November 2016 till Friday 11 November 2016, from 7 AM till 8 PM  Central European  winter time. The very first was broadcast in 2008 and the program has proven to be very popular with the listeners.

This year eight Jim Reeves songs will be played in the program:

Number 833 (698) - Bimbo (1954)
Number 752  (  - )  - Am I losing you  (1969)
Number 276 (259) - Welcome to my world (1964)
Number 151 (160)  - I won't forget you (1961)
Number  91  (78)  -  Adios amigo (1964) 
Number  57  (40)   - He'll have to go (1960)   
Number  30  (36)  -  I love you because (1964) 
Number  28   (26)  - Distant drums (1966)

The 2015 positions of the songs have been listed between brackets.  The song "Blue Boy" dropped out of the list and "Am I losing you" entered it .  

You can listen to Radio5 Nostalgia on the web here .    

 

29 OCTOBER 2016

         DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES DID SOME RADIO SPOTS FOR KSTL IN    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI ?

To read about it - click here

 

19 OCTOBER 2016

50 YEARS AGO, "DISTANT DRUMS" GOT TO  THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN THE UK CHARTS

On 21 October 1966, a song Jim Reeves recorded as a demo for Cindy Walker in 1962, reached the Number One spot in the British Charts. We commemorate the 50th anniversary of this event in the current issue of the JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MAGAZINE. The magazine  was mailed to the membership earlier this week.  We also included an interview I did with Ms. Jean Shepard in 1993. Ms. Shepard has died last month aged 82.

10 OCTOBER 2016

ON OCTOBER 7, 1957,  THE JIM REEVES SHOW WAS FIRST AIRED ON AMERICAN RADIO

The program originated from WSM in Nashville and was transmitted live from 1-2 PM weekdays, on the ABN network. Featuring the Anita Kerr Singers and Owen Bradley's Orchestra.  It would boast regular guest appearances of top-tune artists such as Marty Robbins, Ferlin Huskey, and the Everly Brothers. The program  ran till February 28, 1958.  The program was recorded on transcription disc by the AFRTS and transmitted on Armed Forces radio stations abroad. It was transmitted  on AFN-GERMANY  and various hillbilly music fans wrote to German hillbilly music magazines expressing their concern that Jim Reeves would musically move away from country into pop music. Although several episodes of the JIM REEVES SHOW  have been released on CD, these did contain any guest appearances of top-tune artists.  

 

9 OCTOBER 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES SOMETIMES WAS GREETED WITH A CADILLAC LIMOUSINE WITH LIVERIED CHAUFFEUR?

To read about it - click here

4 OCTOBER 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES RECORDED HIS ALBUM "TALL TALES AND SHORT TEMPERS" ON OCTOBER 4 AND 5, 1960?

To read about it - click here

 

2 OCTOBER 2016

DID JIM REEVES REALLY PUSH THE BEATLES FROM THE FIRST POSITION IN THE CHARTS?


It has been reported by quite a few junior historians, who copied faithfully what was said about it in an award winning American Jim Reeves radio documentary, that Jim Reeves  had pushed the Beatles from the Number 1 position in the charts. Quite a few gullible  fans tend to assume this had happened in Great Britain. No, this never did happen in  Great Britain before or after Jim's death. Where did it really happen?

The August 29,1964 edition of "Cashbox Magazine" reported that the Jim Reeves song "I won't forget you" pushed "A hard day's night" by the Beatles from the Number One spot of The Norwegian Hit Parade, published by the 'Verdens Gang' newspaper.

In South Africa Jim Reeves was known as "the man who beat the Beatles".  In early 1964,  Jim's record "Don't let me cross over" topped the South African chart, the Beatles'  recording of "I Wanna hold your hand" couldn't knock it out of it.

 

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

JEAN SHEPARD DIES AGE 82

Ollie Imogene Shepard (born November 21, 1933), better known as Jean Shepard, died last Sunday, age 82. She was an American honky tonk singer-songwriter who pioneered for women in country music. She released a total of 73 singles, only one of which reached the Number 1 spot, "A Dear John Letter" She became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955.

I was lucky to be able to meet and interview before she did a performance in Gouda, The Netherlands, in November 1993. I even had my picture taken with her. She was a very kind and sweet woman. Almost 23 years after I recorded it, I listened to  the interview again this morning. She talked about her memories of Jim and Mary Reeves with much warmth in her voice.  I have not published the interview in an article of the fan club magazine yet, but will consider publication in the next issue. In the interview she mentioned how much Jim Reeves praised her singing capabilities.

A short audio clip from that interview can be heard here.

In November 2001 I went to both shows of  the Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and saw her perform again. One of Leo Jackson's friends recorded the televised program on a video tape and gave me a copy of it. What a fine souvenir.

Jim Reeves, Faron Young, and Jean Shepard featured on a televised episode of "Community Jamboree".

Click  here to view it.

 

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE MUSIC REPORTER LISTED THREE REASONS WHICH JIM REEVES HELPED BUILD STATURE AS A DEPENDABLE RECORD SELLER?

To read about it - click here

 

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT A VERY RARE  12" RECORD OF A JIM REEVES APPEARANCE ON THE KROGER SPONSORED PORTION OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY IN 1963 WAS BEING AUCTIONED ON EBAY IN NOVEMBER 2007?

To read about it - click here

 

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

 IN OCTOBER 2017  ANY FBI DOCUMENTS RELATED TO JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ABOUT THE ASSASINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY WILL BE RELEASED.

The U.S. government retains approximately 3,600 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that have never been made public, according to the latest count of the National Archives.

In her April 10 presentation, Martha Murphy, a National Archives official, made it clear that all withheld information will be released in October 2017, as mandated by the 1992 JFK Records Act, unless the President orders otherwise.

There is speculation that there are documents concerning FBI interviews with both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel, who were in Dallas at the time of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

 

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

 ON 3 SEPTEMBER 1957 JIM REEVES RECORDED 'ANNA MARIE'

On 3 September 1957 , from 21:00 to 00:30 hours,  Jim recorded three songs, the Cindy Walker composition 'Anna Marie' , 'Seebreeze' (by  James Joiner) , and 'Blue Without My Baby' (by Roberts-Unger-Jacobson).  This was to be his last recording session at the old RCA Studio at the Methodist Television & Radio Commission at 1525 McGavock Street in Nashville.

On  12 December 1957 Jim recorded for the very first time at RCA Studio B, at 1610 Hawkins Street, where he recorded many more hits in the 'Nashville Sound' style.

  

 

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

DID YOU KNOW IN MARCH 1972, MARY REEVES HAD 44 MORE JIM REEVES TRACKS IN THE CAN? PART ONE

In the Record Mirror of March 29, 1972, in his COUNTRY STYLE column Tony Byworth wrote about the fanclub meeting of the OFFICIAL JIM REEVES FAN CLUB, held on 11th of March 1972  in the West Kensington's Nashville Room in his column.

To read about it - click here

20 AUGUST 2016

HAPPY  BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Today would have been  Jim Reeves' 93rd Birthday.  To celebrate it we share a picture of Jim Reeves,  taken in South Africa in probably 1962, with you. 

 You can view it  here .
 

18 AUGUST 2016

JIM REEVES AUDIO RECORDINGS  AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC FOUNDATION'S DIGITAL ARCHIVE - UPDATE

A number of Jim Reeves fans asked if we knew a record label would announce the release an album , Jim Reeves - The Lost recordings, with over 25 musical performances  by Jim Reeves plus comedy routines on the Opry's PRINCE ALBERT SHOW, and  congratulated us with this "coup". Some fans expressed they were horrified to learn that these recordings could be listened to free of charge! Many spent most of the day  listening to all of the Prince Albert Shows in which Jim Reeves performed. It made their  day.

To read more about it - click here

 

10 AUGUST 2016

UPDATE ABOUT TOM PERRYMAN

Jack Benner reports Tom Perryman has left the hospital’s rehab facilities and entered into a private rehab. He is improving and hopes to attend the Carthage event on the 13th.

Tommy Ritter- Smith reports that the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is adding a display featuring Tom Perryman in the section called Friends of the Museum, in August. He has graciously loaned some of his awards and other memorabilia.

Clint Black will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and James White, Johnnie High, and former Jim Reeves' Blue Boy member James Kirkland, will be awarded new Pioneer Awards on August 13th.
 

7 AUGUST 2016

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES WERE BLOWN OVER BY STORMY WEATHER

Fan club member Marco Vugt visited the Jim Reeves memorial this weekend and noticed the floral tributes had been blown over. Marco put them right again.

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

5 AUGUST 2016

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES RE-JOINED THE GRAND OLE OPRY IN AUGUST 1959?

Did you know Jim Reeves rejoined the Grand Ole Opry on August 8, 1959, after an absence of a year?

To read about it - click here

31 JULY 2016

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 52 years ago the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel ended when their single engined Beechraft Debonair crashed in Brentwood, Tennessee, a few miles from the Nashville airport.  Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel.

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

30 JULY 2016

JIM REEVES AUDIO RECORDINGS  AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC FOUNDATION'S DIGITAL ARCHIVE

The CMF website has a "digital archive" section. It contains hundreds of various audio recordings, among them Grand Ole Opry's Prince Albert shows. Among these historic recordings are almost two dozen Prince Albert episodes, featuring Jim Reeves.

To read more about it, and where you can listen to these recordings - click here

26 JULY 2016

UPDATE ABOUT TOM PERRYMAN'S HEALTH

Jack Benner reports that Tom's health is improving slowly but surely and he will be leaving the hospital later this week but will be in rehab for at least another week.

16 JULY 2016

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER BONNIE BROWN DIED AT 77

We just heard that Bonnie Brown, once member of the trio THE BROWNS, together with her late brother Jim Ed and sister Maxine, has died Saturday afternoon at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, from lung cancer. She was 77 years old.

We have expressed our sympathy, also in behalf of the membership of the fanclub,  to the only remaining living member of The Browns, Mrs. Maxine Brown. 

 

15 JULY 2016

TOM PERRYMAN HAD A SERIOUS FALL AND WON'T BE CELEBRATING HIS 89th BIRTHDAY AT THE GLADEWATER MUSEUM TOMORROW

Tom Perryman, long-time award-winning Air Personality and former friend and partner of Jim Reeves, suffered a serious fall on July 7th. He was hospitalized for several days and is now in rehabilitation near his home in Tyler, Texas. Tom turns 89 on Saturday, July 16th and I'm sure we all wish him Happy Birthday and a speedy recovery. More information as it becomes available.

5 JULY 2016

TOM PERRYMAN WILL BE CELEBRATING HIS 89th BIRTHDAY AT THE GLADEWATER MUSEUM

On July 16 Tom Perryman will be celebrating his 89th Birthday at the Gladewater museum which is in the old Chamber of Commerce Building and up there is where they did the local talent show for awhile. They will be filming a video there of Tom describing what is in the museum when Tom was there working at station KSIJ from 1949 till 1958, There will also be a again a book signing of Tom´s book "Keepin´ it Country" about his career from 2 - 4 PM.

The Gladewater Museum is located at 116 W. Pacific Street (corner of Dean and Pacific Streets) in downtown Gladewater. To visit the website of the Gladewater museum click  here .
 

28 JUNE 2016

JAMES KIRKLAND TO RECEIVE THE 2016 TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME'S PIONEER AWARD


On August 13, former Blue Boy James Kirkland will  receive the 2016 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame's Pioneer award. "This is a new award to be given periodically honouring individuals who have given much needed support and assistance and have contributed significantly to the country music profession."

The TCMHOF website reports: "James Kirkland - Singer, songwriter, bass player, side man for David Houston, Bob Luman, Jim Reeves and Ricky Nelson. He was the first person to play electric bass on the Grand Ole Opry and helped to pioneer the "Triple Slap" style of upright bass playing."

The two other recipients for the 2016 show are:
"James White - The man behind the Broken Spoke, the oldest and most famous Honky Tonk still in operation. For over 50 years, many legends and upcoming stars have performed there.

Johnnie High - A music impresario, starmaker and performer. He established Johnnie High's Country Music Review and gave many young performers a start."

18 JUNE 2016

MARY REEVES' BODY MOVED TO NEW LOCATION NEXT TO JIM

Lani Arnold, Jim's niece,  wrote on the JIM REEVES FAN Face Book  page: Mary's body has been moved and is now located next to Jim where she wanted to be.

To read about it - click here , to visit her Facebook site - click here    

 

8 JUNE 2016

FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE #145 HAS BEEN MAILED TO THE MEMBERSHIP

In this issue, we very lightly touch on Jim's connection to the music of Hank Williams. As a Texas disc jockey in the late 1940s and early '50s, Jim almost certainly played Hank's records on the radio. He undoubtedly sang Hank's songs himself, judging by the number of The Lovesick Blues Boy's song lyrics in Jim's notebooks. One other reason we know Jim Reeves sang Hank Williams songs during that time is because of the existence of an acetate, probably from the Reo Palm Isle, of Jim performing one of Hank's best known compositions. You may have to search the magazine for this reference to Hank's music, but we think you will enjoy the full article when you find it.

6 JUNE 2016

DID YOU KNOW THERE'S A CANADIAN JIM REEVES ALBUM WITH A VERY RARE AND MOST UNUSUAL  LP COVER ILLUSTRATION?

To read about it - click here

29 MAY  2016

"I SAW THE LIGHT", A MOVIE ABOUT HANK WILLIAMS WILL BE RELEASED ON DVD AND BLUE RAY IN JULY.

The movie "I saw the light" is about the story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and
personal life. The script is based on the book "HANK WILLIAMS: the biography" by Colin Escott, George Merrit, and William MacEwen. The movie was directed by Marc Abraham and and featured Tom Hiddleston, a British actor, who appeared as Hank Williams and sang Hank's songs in the movie. Elizabeth Olsen was also featured in the movie.

The movie was released on March 25 and received mixed reviews from country music fans. Gross receipts were nearly US Dollar 2,000,000 after two months. I doubt it will break even or make any profit as it is near the end of it's run. The movie will be released on DVD and Blue Ray in the USA and Europe in July.

No news yet about a movie on the life and career of Jim Reeves. Some time ago, there was much speculation on the web about a script for such a movie based on the "award winning" bio on Jim Reeves, published a couple of years ago. The script could be written by a grand daughter of a woman who was publicist for Jim Reeves in the early part of his career. The grand daughter apparently is working in the movie industry. A couple of years ago, her father informed me that he would be writing about his  mother's memories, but as far as we know, this has not been published. So the script could be be based on those memories, rather than the book. But even so, will there be a movie company who is willing to take the risk of producing another money losing movie about the life of a country music artist?

After Jim's death, Mary Reeves had a script written for a movie about Jim's life, called "Gentleman Jim". It was never used for a movie.

9 MAY  2016

LETTER FROM CHET ATKINS TO RAY BAKER ON EBAY


On Ebay, there is a signed letter from Chet Atkins on RCA stationery to Ray Baker of Acclaim Music in which Chet rejects two songs Ray had pitched for Skeeter Davis. The letter was sent about two weeks after Jim's death.

The songs may have been sent to Chet Atkins before Jim was killed, but due to his death and all of the turmoil around it, etc., Chet may have chosen to wait a couple of weeks before he sent the songs back to Acclaim.

To view it, please click on here.

 

5 MAY  2016

NED MILLER DIES AT AGE 90.

Ned Miller, whose songs "From a Jack to a King" and "Dark Moon" were recorded by Jim Reeves, died aged 90, on March 18 in Medford, Oregon. Although Ned Miller had recorded "From a Jack to a King" in 1957, it became a hit, and stayed at number 2 position in The Billboard 'Hot country chart'  for two weeks in March 1963. Jim Reeves recorded that song in Johannesburg, South Africa  when he arrived there in March 1963 to play a part in  the movie "Kimberley Jim".  Jim's recording of the song beat the Ned Miller one in the South African charts, and within a month Jim's recording went gold.      

 

4 MAY  2016

ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF  LEO JACKSON

Today, May 4th, 2016 it is the eights anniversary of the death of Leo Jackson.  The memory of Leo Jackson will live on, not only in the hearts and minds of his relatives and friends,  but he also left a  vast number of recordings where he played on, which will give enjoyment to present and future listeners. My favourite Leo Jackson performances are the ones which he did at the Friday Night Opry 'PET MILK'  shows, the various Forces recordings, and  the live shows captured on tape.  Recordings of the European tour of 1964, shows Leo at his best on lead guitar.  

For a number of years, the late Leo Jackson answered questions that Jim Reeves fans sent to him through the fan club. Leo replied to each of them as best as he could. He replied to the last question  10 days before his death.  Click here to  read the questions and Leo's replies.

 

23 APRIL 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT ON SATURDAY NIGHT DECEMBER 22, 1956 A NUMBER OF GRAND OLE OPRY ARTISTS PERFORMED AT THE BIG D JAMBOREE SHOW?

To read about it - click  here

 

20 APRIL 2016

GERMAN ELVIS PRESLEY FANS VISIT FORMER KSIJ STUDIO GLADEWATER, TEXAS.

37 German Elvis Presley fans visited Gladewater, Texas, yesterday. They visited  the old KSIJ radio studio, the Gladewater Middle School, where they were met by Tom Perryman, who talked about his memories when Elvis played in and around Gladewater.  They also visited  the Gladewater Museum.

To read more about it, visit the Gladewater Mirror's Facebook page here.

 

7 APRIL 2016

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES GOT A "NIPPER" RADIATOR CAP FROM THE WIDOW OF JIMMIE RODGERS?

To read about it - click  here

 

26 MARCH 2016

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES AND THE EVERLY BROTHERS PLAYED TWICE ON THE SAME PRINCE ALBERT SHOW PORTION OF GRAND OLE OPRY?

 To read about it - click  here

 

18 MAART 2016

TRUDY VOORBIJ OVERLEDEN

Via ons clublid Louise Wijnen vernamen wij op dinsdag 15 maart jl.  Trudy Voorbij is  overleden.

Vanwege problemen bij de drukker zijn de rouwkaarten niet op tijd gereed. Daarom heeft de familie ons gevraagd of wij het overlijden van Trudy op de website willen vermelden.

Op dinsdag 22 maart is de crematie in het Crematorium Rijtackers, Anthony Fokkerweg 150 in Eindhoven. De aanvang van de crematie is kwart voor twee.
 

Wilt u de crematie wilt bijwonen, wordt u om half twee verwacht.

12 MARCH 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT 50 YEARS AGO THIS  MONTH,  THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE U.K. JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MAGAZINE WAS PUBLISHED?

To read about it - click here

 

10 MARCH 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOYCE JACKSON!

Today Joyce Jackson celebrates her Birthday with family and friends. Yesterday Joyce talked for almost an hour about her memories of Jim Reeves on WKAM-AM radio. One of the guests she took along to the radio was her son-in-law, Chet   Kirkland, son of one of the original members of Jim's band the "Blue Boys". Chet mentioned a fascinating story about Jim Reeves his father had told him in the program. We hope Joyce will live to be a hundred and more fascinating stories about Jim Reeves will be told by her and her guests on that program.

3 MARCH 2016 - update and correction

JOYCE JACKSON WILL TALK AGAIN ABOUT JIM REEVES ON WKAM-AM RADIO ON MARCH 9th, 2016

Joyce Jackson sent us a correction about the time the program will be aired. Please click here  for the updated  information.

 

29 FEBRUARY 2016

JOYCE JACKSON WILL TALK AGAIN ABOUT JIM REEVES ON WKAM-AM RADIO ON MARCH 9th, 2016

To read about it - click here

 

23 FEBRUARY 2016

SONNY JAMES, "THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN" DIES AT AGE 87

Sonny James, who recently was  hospitalized , passed away yesterday from natural causes while surrounded by family and friends at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN.  He was born James Hugh Loden in Alabama. He is survived by his wife, Doris Loden.

Sonny, who was known as "the Southern Gentleman" was inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, had his first hit with "Young Love" in 1956.  During his career he had  16 consecutive No.1 singles over a period of 5 years, a feat never repeated by any other artist since. He had 26 No.1 hits in his entire career.

Sonny James and Jim Reeves performed  together on the same tour at least on two occasions. In the book "Buddy Holly: A Biography" by Ellis Amburn, there's an anecdote about Buddy Holly, Sonny Curtis, Waylon Jennings, Weldon Myrick, and Roy Orbinson, loitering at the Lubbock Bus station. Roy Orbinson uttered that he wished they could take in the Sonny James-Jim Reeves show (at Lubbock). Since everybody was broke Waylon suggested they would sneak in. All five managed to crash the show. The bibliography doesn't give a date, nor does newspaper advertisements for Jim Reeves's shows at Lubbock in 1955 and 1956. Please note Waylon Jennings had moved to Lubbock in 1955.

 

19 FEBRUARY 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES CHANGED THE LYRICS TO "SPANISH VIOLIN"?

To read about it - click here

 

16 FEBRUARY 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES WENT DEER HUNTING IN NOVEMBER, 1954?

To read about it - click here

 

14 FEBRUARY 2016

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES PERFORMED AT THE TOWN HALL PARTY ON VALENTINE'S DAY 1959?

To read about it - click here

 

7 FEBRUARY 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT JUNE CARTER RECYCLED A COMEDY ROUTINE WITH JIM REEVES ON THE GRAND OLE OPRY WHICH SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY DONE WITH CARL SMITH ON A PURINA GRAND OLE OPRY TV SHOW?
 

To read about it - click here

 

30 JANUARY 2016

DID YOU KNOW THAT ON THE 28th OF JANUARY 1958 JOYCE JACKSON WAS HIRED BY JIM REEVES?

To read about it - click here

 

24 JANUARY 2016

ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE LOUISIANA HAYRIDE BAND DIED, AGED 87
 

Henry Donald Davis (Don Davis), passed away on January 19, 2016, aged 87. Don Davis was buried at the Centuries Memorial Park Cemetery, Shreveport, Louisiana on Friday January 22, 2016.

Don Davis was a member of the original Louisiana Hayride band. He played the bass guitar  on a number of Jim Reeves' Abbott records from January 1953 till March 1954, including the hits "Mexican Joe" and "Bimbo".

A nice colour picture taken by Don Davis featuring the members of the Abbott Stringc a Music Show on tour in California in 1955  may be found in the Bear Family 3 CD box set "JIM REEVES - THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, PLUS".

Henry Donald Davis should not be confused with another Louisiana Hayride musician, steel guitar player Don Davis, also born in 1928 and who died in 2014.

17 JANUARY 2016

SAD NEWS ABOUT THE BROWN FAMILY


Maxine Brown, of THE BROWNS fame, reported on her Facebook page that "Bonnie's husband, Brownie (Dr. Gene Ring) has died. At 5:30 Sat, he had just settled down in his favorite chair to watch the football game, fell asleep & never woke up. Brownie has not left Bonnie's side since she was diagnosed with cancer. Remember their two children, Kelly & Robin as they assist her in the many obstacles she has facing her. He was The Rock of our family & the best friend I have ever had.

Words fail me but I seem to remember a few lines to a song: IF YOU GO FIRST & I REMAIN TO FACE EACH DAY ALONE, WALK SLOW & THINK OF ALL OUR MEMORIES, 'CAUSE SOON I'LL BE FOLLOWING CLOSE BEHIND."
 

The Brown family has been hit hard by tragedy within a period of 7 months. On June 11, 2015, Maxine's (and Bonnie's) brother, Jim Ed, died of lung cancer. And her sister, Bonnie, was diagnosed with lung cancer three months later.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie had a lot of success with their trio, The Browns, and had several hits on the Fabor and RCA record labels.

The fan club expresses our sincere condolences to Bonnie and her family.
 

8 JANUARY 2016

WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We wish all the Jim Reeves fans a Happy and Blessed New Year. Issue 144 of the fan club magazine has been mailed to members. The magazine contains an article in which Hank Snow talks about his memories of Jim Reeves, the transcript of an Opry show Jim Reeves didn't show up, and the answer to who really introduced Jim Reeves at his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on May 23, 1953.

 


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  • IN MEMORIAM

    MARY REEVES  

    20 January  1929 - 11 November 1999 

    Please click here for our tribute 

     

    Click on the camera for links to a collection of photographs of Jim Reeves. 

    Scrapbook

    List of radio shows issued on transcription records

    The opening of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

    Pictures of the Jim Reeves Memorial in Carthage.

    Pictures of the former Jim Reeves "EVERGREEN" Museum in Madison  

    Pictures of the mausoleum where Mary Reeves first had been put to rest

     

    Please click here for links to other sites

                                              

     

     

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