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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
telephone number 0031613844105

 

PLEASE NOTE ALL POSTINGS BY THE WEBMASTER,  UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED

 

NEWS

 

17 APRIL 2014

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES SANG A MEDLEY OF SONGS IN AFRIKAANS DURING A CONCERT IN THE NETHERLANDS 50 YEARS AGO?

Fifty years ago, on Friday April 17, 1964, Jim Reeves performed twice for an enthusiastic audience in The Netherlands, and even sang a medley of songs in Afrikaans!
 

to read about it - click  here

5 APRIL 2014

COUNTRY GUITARIST ARTHUR SMITH DIES AT  93

Country music guitarist Arthur Smith has died at age 93 on April 3. He was one of the most influential guitarplayers in country and early rock 'n' roll and was nicknamed Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith after the title of his breakthrough tune. He found fame with his 1948 single "Guitar Boogie" and enjoyed other hits including "Feudin' Banjos" in 1955. In 1972 the song was renamed "Dueling Banjos" for the movie "Deliverance" by Warner Brothers, Arthur sued them and won substantial royalties.

In Liverpool in 1957, a young Paul McCartney played "Guitar Boogie" during his first concert with The Quarrymen, who went on to become The Beatles.

WBTV ran ´THE ARTHUR SMITH SHOW´ on television for 32 years. The show was syndicated across the US.

In October 1966 the DOT record label released the album "The Arthur Smith Show presents a Tribute to Jim Reeves." It had been recorded in the Arthur Smith Recording Studios, 5457 Old Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC., and contains 12 tracks, but only 6 of these were Jim Reeves' tributes.


Pictures of  the front and rear cover can be viewed
 here

A comprehensive obituary is  published in the Charlotte Observer

 

31 MARCH 2014

IN 1982 THE FANS IN EUROPE GOT A TREAT

In November of 1982 Jim Reeves fans in great Britain ( and the rest of Europe) got a Christmas surprise.  Five  until then unissued ABBOTT tracks by Jim Reeves were released by RCA on the LP album   THE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, Volume 2. 

 to read about it - click  here

 

22 MARCH 2014

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APRIL 1964 RCA EUROPEAN TOUR

Bear Family is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the April 1964 RCA European tour by Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, and The Anita Kerr Singers with the re-promotion of the "NASHVILLE STARS ON TOUR" CD/DVD boxed set.  

 to read about it - click  here

 

15 MARCH 2014 

DID YOU KNOW THAT MEMBERS OF BOTH BRITISH FAN CLUBS COULD ORDER A SET OF SMALL SIZED JIM REEVES PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE LATE 1960's?

to read about it - click  here

 

11 MARCH 2014 

SEARING AMAZON REVIEW TEARS APART THE 'UNTOLD STORY'

After 2 & 1/2 years, at last an honest review on Amazon from someone brave enough to uphold the long held views of David Bussey on the unnecessary seamier parts of the book "Jim Reeves - His Untold Story."

Comac "wonder boy" Texas bravely puts himself in the firing line by formulating a lengthy unfavourable critique of the book. Criticism is a word the author always chooses to ridicule or ignore, and he will find it very hard to squirm his way out of all this.

to read the review - click  here

 

3 MARCH 2014 

DID YOU KNOW ON APRIL 21, 1961 JIM REEVES' MUSIC WAS PLAYED FOR  14 MINUTES ON A DUTCH NEW GUINEA RADIO PROGRAM?

to read about it - click  here

 

26 FEBRUARY 2014 

JD MICALS "STUDIO B- THE B SIDE" CD ALBUM - A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE?

Recently JD Micals released a 13 track album of high Jim Reeves content. The singer himself reported "this new CD is not meant to be a tribute CD to Jim, but , just songs that happened to have been recorded in Studio B, and not all were recorded in RCA 's Studio B. Jim Reeves has been a big part of his life and he will always hold dear some of the memories and photo's he has of this great man".

Lani Arnold, Jim's niece whose support and guidance helped to make this project a reality. Joyce Jackson, Jim and Mary's secretary supported with her knowledge.

 

17 FEBRUARY 2014 

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES FEATURED ON A PRIVATE REFERENCE ALBUM?

to read about it - click  here

 

12 FEBRUARY 2014 

JIM REEVES CELEBRITIES ON FACEBOOK


For those fans who are searching for postings by Jim Reeves celebrities who don't post on forums any more, we have good news. Joyce Jackson, once Jim's secretary, and Lani Arnold, Jim's niece, can be found on Facebook, the largest social media platform.

On Joyce's Facebook account one can find some rare Jim Reeves pictures, including one of Jim Reeves and Joyce standing backstage at the Opry.

Joyce has been promoting Jim Reeves memory almost from the day Jim got killed. Of all the people who knew Jim Reeves during his life, she is the one who has written the longest piece of history on him in  book form. She once was married to Jim's lead guitar player Leo Jackson and she has officially a daughter by Leo, named Joy.

We sincerely hope that Joyce will continue to promote Jim's memory for many more years.

 

8 FEBRUARY 2014 

THE STRAW MAN POSTING, A DISCLAIMER & A FINAL WORD TO HIS LORDSHIP
 

To read it - click  here

 

6 FEBRUARY 2014 

LEO JACKSON ON MY WEBSITE AND SOME RUMOURS ELSEWHERE


I was informed that on the Jim Reeves Forum there was a message that Leo Jackson's family had asked me to remove Leo's name from my website.

I checked my correspondence and tape recordings with Mrs. Jackson, but have not found any request by the family. Jim Reeves fans should not believe everything they read.

Leo Jackson was a very strong supporter of the Jim Reeves Fan Club and indeed endorsed the fan club and website. The 'ASK LEO JACKSON' section is still very popular with visitors. Do I sense jealousy ?

I've got a large number of recorded interviews with Leo about Jim Reeves and the then current fan scene. Some content I have used and some I will use in future issues of the magazine or website.  I wonder if it was ever disclosed just who of the Reeves Family supported the Jim Reeves Way website/forum, and why, and by whose authority it was suddenly removed?

Leo may have initially been a friend and helped him when Mr. Jordan started to work on his book. He trusted him and foolishly opened up, giving him personal information he shouldn't have done. Mr. Jordan's tapes will confirm this.

However, I hate to have to inform everyone, but after a few years Leo Jackson saw the author for what he really was, and at the end of his life had nothing but contempt for him and even HATED him. I have it on tape when he tells exactly what he thinks of him after some of his antics (plus expletives.) I wonder if he would exchange that recording for the one he has ( illegally according to Mr. Bussey) on his blog of Mr. Bussey? It's much more exciting & revealing! I can spare that recording since I have a few more similar ones by Leo.
 

4 FEBRUARY 2014 

POSITIVE REACTIONS TO "THE STRAWMAN" POSTING
 

We have received quite a few positive reactions to the "Strawman" posting from both Europe and the USA, since we put it on.

The "Great Jim Reeves Story Teller" might be surprised to learn that there are even a few contributors to his tome who agree with the content of the posting, but of course wish to remain anonymous for fear of incurring his incrimination & wrath. Maybe they contributed more personal stories than they intended.

The "GJRST" got it very wrong yet again. The writer was NOT David Bussey!! The "GJRST"s pathetic hootings were totally irrelevant!! I suspect the "GJRST" is suffering from enosiophobia - an excessive fear of criticism, the poor fella. Get your tablets close at hand, fella, there's more criticism to come your way.
 

2 FEBRUARY 2014 

MIKE STREISSGUTH WAS GUEST ON TENNESSEAN PUBLIC TELEVISION PROGRAM

On November 10, 2013, Tennessee public television aired the program "A Word On Words". It was hosted by John Siegenthaler. Siegenthaler's guest was Mike Streissguth who was talking about his latest book on the Outlaw movement in country music. The program was repeated a week ago.

Each week, John Seigenthaler sits down with acclaimed authors who discuss their latest literary works.

John Siegenthaler was a journalist who worked for "THE NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN" till 1960, to serve as an administrative assistant to incoming Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy , to return to the newspaper after a brief period.
John Siegenthaler's wife is Dolores Watson, who was a featured vocalist on the ABN The Jim Reeves Show. She was prominently featured in the chapter about the ABN radio show in "Jim Reeves - The Untold Story". We could not discover in the "A Word on Words" archive a podcast which featured the author of that book.

One can listen to the program here.

To read more about Mr. and Mrs. Seigenthaler - click here.

30 JANUARY 2014 

GERMAN SINGER FRED BERTELMANN DIED AT THE AGE OF 88

Fred Bertelmann died at the age of 88 in the little village of Berg in Bavaria on January 22.
He scored a million seller in the Fifties with the German adaptation of "GAMBLER'S GUITAR" called "DER LACHENDE VAGABUND".

In 1966 he released the German version of DISTANT DRUMS called DIE TROMMEL RUFT.
 

28 JANUARY 2014 

ANOTHER WINNER FROM MIKE STREISSGUTH

Another winner is guaranteed for author Mike Streissguth whose 8th book "Outlaw - Waylon, Willie, Kris, & the Renegades of Nashville" was published in hardback in 2013 by Itbooks, an imprint of Harper Collins.

to read more about it - click  here

 

27 JANUARY 2014 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS PICTURE?
 

to read about it - click  here

 

25 JANUARY 2014 

CHARLEY PRIDE   PERFORMED "WELCOME TO MY WORLD" AT THE 'GRAND OLE OPRY' LAST NIGHT

Charlie Pride performed “Welcome To My World” on stage of the old Ryman Auditorium at the last slot of the Friday Opry show, last night. It  marks the 50 anniversary of  the original release of “Welcome To My World”, in the United States, by the great Jim Reeves. Bette Winkler Hodges, daughter of Ray Winkler, one of the co-writers of the song, was in the audience.

For those who could not listen to the broadcast, it will be available in the archives section of wsmonline.com  soon.

 

24 JANUARY 2014

DID YOU KNOW THAT RAY WINKLER, CO-WRITER OF "WELCOME TO MY WORLD" RELEASED A TRIBUTE SINGLE TO JIM IN 1970 ON THE STARTIME LABEL? HE WROTE TO DAVID BUSSEY AT THE TIME SEEKING ASSISTANCE.

to read about it - click  here
 

22 JANUARY 2014

"50 YEAR" RECOGNITION OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC STANDARD "WELCOME TO MY WORLD"- CELEBRATION AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY ON JANUARY  24, 2014
 

January 2014 marks 50 years since the original release of “Welcome To My World”, in the United States, by the great Jim Reeves. The recognition is being held at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, January 24th, with Charley Pride performing “Welcome To My World”. Mr. Pride released “Welcome To My World” on his “A Tribute To Jim Reeves” CD. 

Charley Pride will be performing at the 8.45 PM.  to 9.15 PM.  CST (3.45 AM. to 4.15 AM. CET) slot.  The Grand Ole Opry show will be streamed on the internet .

To read the press release  about it -  click here

MUSIC REPORTER COUNTRY CLIPPINGS

20 JANUARY 2014

ANOTHER STRAW MAN ARGUMENT FROM LARRY JORDAN
 

Larry Jordan, with help from some of his friends, is making another of his straw man arguments on his Jim Reeves Way website.

He's superficially defending Jim's sexual dalliances, saying no one is perfect, many celebrities did the same thing, etc., etc.

But the problem with the dozens of sexual references in Jim Reeves His Untold Story is not the extreme over emphasis on sex (Jordan even shockingly refers to the size of Reeves penis!), but something which actually falls on Jordan and not on Reeves.

And that is the fact that Jordan did not have to tell every little sexual story, anecdote, or rumor he collected on Reeves. He could have made his case briefly, by presenting some facts, and then moved on. He did not have to say something about sex on just about every other page in every chapter. It makes one wonder just who was obsessed with sex.

There is at least one historical precedent for not telling everything which has been learned or rumored about a public figure. Throughout his presidency, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's polio paralysis was known by every reporter who covered The White House, but they chose not to publicize it. They knew, but those who had the information and could have reported it decided instead to respect FDR, and even protect him, apparently because his condition was unrelated to his job.

Jordan might be feeling some heat from various places because of all the sexual smut he included in the book, and so he's employing the old tactic of using a straw man. Instead of defending his use of sex and more sex in his book, he's diverting the attention away from himself and placing it on Jim.

Jordan did not have to tell everything he knew, simply because he had the information. He could have followed the example of the White House reporters: he could have respected, perhaps even protected, the person he knew so much about. Jim's sexual escapades had nothing to do with using that wonderful voice and talent for recording and performing his music.After all, Jim Reeves is famous because he was a great singer, not because he had sex with women who were not his wife.

But Jordan chose to do what he did. He put in his book some kind of sexual reference again and again whether it was necessary to telling the story or not. But you will not see the vast majority of those sexual references in his so-called "index". The index is quite incomplete for that reason alone. It likely was selective exclusion.

Because he continues to market the books and related materials, it must be assumed that his main motivation is profit.

And, unfortunately, that old entertainment maxim is still true for those wishing to make a dollar: sex sells. 

Frank Anderson

 

19 JANUARY 2014

PRAYERS REQUESTED  FOR LES LEVERETT AND HIS FAMILY

 Les Leverett, Grand Ole Opry photographer from 1960 until he retired in 1992,  informed me that his wife Dot, who has been into dementia for close to two years, has had a downward turn and apparently has only a very short time left.
 

Please remember Les and his family in your prayers at this very painful time.

 

16 JANUARY 2014

DID YOU KNOW A YOUNG FAN NAMED JACKIE JOHNSON MET JIM ON SEPTEMBER 22ND 1956 AT THE ROGUE VALLEY BALLROOM, MEDFORD, OREGON?

to read about it - click  here

 

13 JANUARY 2014

"MY EMERALD DREAM" SUNG BY HANS SOMMER, INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF JIM REEVES

Dutch singer Hans Sommer, whose natural voice sounds very much like Jim Reeves, recently recorded a self composed song at his  home studio, and put it on Youtube. Hans,  together with his two brothers, formed the band Sommerset in the 1970's, and their recording of "WE JIM REMEMBER JIM "  was very popular in Europe at the time, making it into  the Dutch record charts. After the band  disbanded, Hans recorded a CD album titled "DE RIJMELAAR", which contained  15 Jim Reeves songs  freely translated into Dutch.

 

11 JANUARY 2014

AL GRANT - JIM REEVES  50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Al Grant has included quite a few Jim Reeves songs  on his CD albums, among them the DVD/2CD release "Welcome to my world". A recent publicity notice reads: "As 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the death of great Jim Reeves Al presents an unique insight into the Life and Times of Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of Jim Reeves classic 'Hit' songs. With narration and Video screen footage it will be an evening of Song and Story. Renowned for his classic interpretation of Jim Reeves songs with unerring similarity to the voice of the 'Great Man' this promises to be one of the concerts of the year. Al is backed by a band which includes some of Ireland's finest musicians and special guest on the night will be renowned singer/songwriter Isla Grant."
 

Al Grant will be performing at 17 venues in Ireland between February13th till March 10th. 

For more details, please click  here

 

9 JANUARY 2014

DID YOU KNOW JIM WROTE A SHORT ARTICLE FOR THE NOVEMBER 10TH 1962  ISSUE OF THE  "MUSIC  VENDOR" MAGAZINE?

 

to read the article - click  here

 

7 JANUARY 2014

article corrected on 9 January 2014

DID YOU KNOW  A REPORT  IN NASHVILLE'S "MUSIC REPORTER"  OF 23RD NOVEMBER 1963 REVEALED JIM REEVES  WAS  "IN AN  ADVANCED   COURSE  ON HOW TO FLY AN AIRPLANE."

To read  about it -  click here

 

4 JANUARY 2014

 PHIL EVERLY DIED AGED 74

Phil Everly, member of the fabulous singing duo the Everly Brothers, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, on Friday January 3rd, 2014. He was 74 years of age.

On COUNTRY HOEDOWN SHOW #100, a series produced for the US Navy recruiting services, and aired on radio stations, Jim Reeves' guests on the 15 minute show were the Everly Brothers.   One could clearly hear that  the (scripted) dialogues of both Jim Reeves and the Everly Brothers had been recorded at different locations

 

3 JANUARY 2014

 "WHERE HAVE ALL THE UK JIM REEVES FANS GONE??"

On this website we have mentioned the Dutch TOP 2000 CHARTS OF 2013, and the fact that Jim Reeves did not make it into the poll, and this one shows the UK is no different with no one willing to support Jim's music on the airwaves.

To read  about it -  click here

 

1 JANUARY 2014

 WE WISH YOU ALL A  HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2014!

 

31 DECEMBER 2013

      DID YOU KNOW  JIM REEVES WON THREE BILLBOARD MAGAZINE                 AWARDS IN 1965?

To read  about it -  click here

 

25 DECEMBER 2013

WE WISH YOU ALL A MERRY  CHRISTMAS

 

DID YOU KNOW  JIM REEVES SELDOM PERFORMED ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

To read  about it -  click here

 

NO JIM REEVES  SONGS IN THE  DUTCH RADIO 2  'TOP 2000' CHART  LIST
 

This year, 3.3 million listeners submitted  their votes for their favourite songs in the 'Top 2000 'chart of 2013.  Songs listed in the chart will  be played on the radio from Wednesday December 25 at noon till Tuesday December 31, at midnight. Last year there were  3 Jim Reeves songs and their positions were: at #  1829 (1763 -1506) - 'DISTANT DRUMS',   at #  1923 (1947 - 1653) - 'I LOVE YOU BECAUSE' , and at #1996 ( xxxx - 1637)  'HE'LL HAVE TO GO'. The numbers between brackets indicate the positions of the songs in 2011 and 2010 respectively. This year  no  Jim Reeves songs made it into the chart.  One can observe a gradual decline in popularity of Jim Reeves records with the listeners to Radio2.  
 

24 DECEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW  JIM REEVES' ALBUM SELECTION 'WE THANK THEE' WAS ...

To read  about it -  click here

 

23 DECEMBER 2013


Bette Hodges, Ray Winkler's ( co-writer of  'Welcome to my world') daughter sent this message: "The Ray Price Memorial Service  was held in Mt Pleasant, Texas last Saturday December 21st . It is over an hour long but it is very good. There will be a final memorial on Dec 28th in Dallas."

To view the  memorial service in 720 HD  -  click here
 

21 DECEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW  JIM REEVES JOINED THE CAST OF THE TENTH ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY MUSIC TOUR  IN 1959?

To read  about it -  click here

 

17 DECEMBER 2013

VERY SAD NEWS - SINGER RAY PRICE DIES AT AGE 87

At 2 AM CET local we learned about the death of Ray Price, at his home at 87 on Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasent said family spokesman Billy Mack Jr.  Ray Prices's old time friends Tom and Billy Perryman also confirmed Ray's  death.  Ray was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago, it had recently spread through his body and he was discharged from hospital on December 12  for home hospice care. Ray was one of the few old time artists who were in the music business when Jim Reeves started his career.  We express our sympathy to Ray's family and fans.

To read  more about it -  click here for the Nashville Tennessean newspaper coverage

 

12 DECEMBER 2013

SAD NEWS - TERMINAL ILL SINGER RAY PRICE LEAVES HOSPITAL FOR HOME HOSPICE CARE

From East Texas Medical Center:

Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.

Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment.

"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," said Janie. "With God's blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it's with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It's his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends."

Price wanted to give a final message to his fans. "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."

Janie thanks the fans for all of their love and messages and wanted to let the fans know the best way to send them a note is on their Facebook page or you can mail a card to: Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.

Price performed his last show this year in May. He has a new CD coming out and several tribute shows were already being planned to celebrate his career. One is set for Feb. 12 in Nashville.

 

11 DECEMBER 2013

BELGIUM RADIO 2 "TOP 1000 GOLDEN OLDIES" CHART

Belgium Radio 2 radio station will be playing their annual "TOP 1000 KLASSIEKER" (Golden Oldies) list at the end of the year. Listeners are requested to submit the titles of 5 records for the chart. Among the records listeners can choose from are 5 Jim Reeves songs: "Distant drums", "He'll have to go", "Welcome to my world", "I love you because" and "I won't forget you". Deadline for submitting votes is December 23. The "Top 1000 Chart" will be played between December 26th     and December 31st.

To submit your votes click here

 

6 DECEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT AN BOTH JIM LOWE AND JIM REEVES RESPECTIVELY , ADVERTISED THEIR RECORDING OF "HE'LL HAVE TO GO' IN "THE MUSIC REPORTER"?

To read  about it -  click here

 

30 NOVEMBER 2013

MR. BUSSEY INFORMED US HE WILL BE TAKING A WELL EARNED  REST FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.

To read about it -  click here

 

29 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT BEAR FAMILY’S LATEST BOX-SET REVEALS 7 (SEVEN) APPEARANCES BY JIM REEVES ON THE WEEKLY BIG ‘D’ JAMBOREE SHOW BROADCAST FROM DALLAS RADIO STATION KRMD?

To read about it -  click here

 

28 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN SEPTEMBER 1979, 2 1/2 YEARS AFTER BEING INFORMED OF THE CLOSURE OF THE BRITISH FAN CLUB, MARY REEVES FINALLY WROTE A LETTER OF THANKS?
 

To read the letter -  click here

 

27 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT BRITAIN'S FIRST COUNTRY MUSIC NEWSPAPER "COUNTRY MUSIC ROUND UP" IN ITS SEPTEMBER 1977 ISSUE (VOL.1 NO.10) FEATURED A FULL PAGE ARTICLE HEADED "JIM REEVES - IT'S NOTHIN' TO ME" BY DAVID BUSSEY? DAVID BUSSEY GIVES A VERY PERSONAL & HONEST ACCOUNT OF HIS DECISION TO TERMINATE THE FAN CLUB.
 

To read his account -  click here

 

26 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT ON 21ST SEPTEMBER 1977 DAVID BUSSEY RECEIVED A LETTER FROM JOHN MERRITT, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SUNBURY MUSIC, EXPRESSING HIS SADNESS AT THE END OF AN ERA?


David got to know John Merritt in the early days of the fan club. John was working out of the Decca Records headquarters on London's Albert Embankment, where Burlington Music was based. (It was a subsidiary of Decca Records.) John Nice was in charge and under him worked John Merritt & Martin Grinham. Burlington Music had worldwide control of Jim's publishing companies, except the USA & Canada. Messrs. Nice & Grinham soon left Burlington to form their own Valentine Music, and John was left at the helm. He worked unstintingly on Mary's catalogues & several Shannon releases in the UK. No other company or business supported the Jim Reeves fan club & what it was trying to achieve, like John & Burlington. Eventually John moved on to head Sunbury Music, RCA's UK publishing arm, but he continued to take an avid interest in the fan club's activities.
 

To read the letter -  click here

 

25 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE BRITISH WEEKLY TABLOID "REVEILLE" CARRIED A STORY ON THE DEMISE OF THE UK FAN CLUB IN ITS ISSUE OF JULY 29TH 1977?
 

To read more about it - click here

 

24 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THE FINAL ISSUE (NO.47) OF THE BRITISH FAN CLUB OFFICIAL MAGAZINE & NEWSLETTER WAS PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 1977?

To read more about it - click here

 

22 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THE IMPENDING CLOSURE OF THE OFFICIAL JIM REEVES FAN CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED IN THE JUNE 1977 ISSUE (NO.46) OF THE CLUB MAGAZINE/NEWSLETTER, A MERE 2 MONTHS AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL JIM REEVES WEEK HELD IN APRIL?
 

To read more about it - click here

 

20 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT JULY 13TH 1966 MARKED THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN?
 

To read more about it - click here

 

17 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW IN MAY 1962 JIM HAD A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A SHARK WHILE ON A FISHING TRIP IN THE GULF OF MEXICO?

To read more about it - click here

 

15 NOVEMBER 2013

DID YOU KNOW SINGER MARY KAY JAMES RELEASED A SINGLE OF "AM I LOSING YOU?" ON THE COLUMBIA LABEL IN 1978?

To read more about it - click here

 

14 NOVEMBER 2013

NEW UK SONY 3CD SET "THE REAL JIM REEVES" A MUST FOR ALL THOSE NEW MUSIC LOVERS WHO LISTENED TO THE BBC RADIO 2 PROGRAMME "WELCOME TO MY WORLD - THE REEVES STORY" AND WANT TO HEAR MORE OF THE REAL THING


Amazon.co.uk are selling the new 3cd set "The REAL...Jim Reeves (The Ultimate Collection)" for the silliest of prices. Cheapest price £2.73 plus £1.26 is giving it away. No excuse for those prospective fans who want to hear more. Forget, Bear Family, Voicemasters & all the expensive stuff - you don't need them!! Here you have at your fingertips the finest overview of Jim Reeves songs you could ever wish for. Three cd's each of 20 tracks, costing a mere 7p apiece. Back in 1996, BMG released a 40 track 2cd "Ultimate Collection" which had TV promotion but was full-price. This new set defies reasoning.

Nice to see the original RCA Victor logo on the sleeve which advertises a further 18 releases under the 'REAL' heading. Our copy was ordered 6th November & was delivered today. About right for transportation all the way from Sony Music's distribution set up in Warsaw, Poland. Now there's a country ripe for Jim Reeves music promotion.

This must be the first occasion ever that RCA, BMG or Sony here in Europe have used the album title "The REAL Jim Reeves." Maybe at last they are making a stand against the "UNREAL" releases that continue to appear. People should not be hearing the imaginary, fabricated, fictitious, make believe, pretend & illusional sounds created purely for personal whim & personal gain. The new listeners are entitled to hear the
REAL  thing.

 

13 NOVEMBER 2013

“WELCOME TO MY WORLD - THE JIM REEVES STORY” - A BONFIRE NIGHT DAMP SQUIB?

To read more about it - click here

 

12 NOVEMBER 2013

FLORAL TRIBUTE FOR MARY REEVES ON THE FOURTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH  

Yesterday we remembered the anniversary of the death of Mary Reeves. Fourteen years have passed since that sad day. For almost 35  years Mary nursed, promoted and especially protected the image of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves'. Fourteen years later, little remains of that image but Jim's voice will continue to give pleasure to millions of listeners.

Click here to  view pictures of the floral tribute

 

DID YOU KNOW MARY REEVES WROTE A MESSAGE AND SIGNED A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH DURING THE JIM REEVES WEEK IN HARROGATE, IN 1977.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT MARY REEVES HAD HER OWN (COLOUR) PUBLICITY PICTURE FOR SHANNON RECORDS?

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10 NOVEMBER  2013

WORLD SCOOP, FIRST MENTIONED ON THIS WEBSITE

DID YOU KNOW THE BBC AFRICAN SERVICE IN OCTOBER 1967, BROADCAST A SERIES OF 9 QUARTER HOUR PROGRAMMES TO THE WHOLE OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT (EXCEPT SOUTHERN AFRICA), IN TRIBUTE TO THE POPULARITY OF THE MUSIC OF JIM REEVES. THE SERIES WAS CALLED "WELCOME TO MY WORLD."
 

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7 NOVEMBER  2013

WORLD SCOOP, FIRST MENTIONED ON THIS WEBSITE

DID YOU KNOW THAT  JIM’S  SONG  “AM I LOSING YOU?”  WAS RECORDED AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS  IN WASHINGTON  AS  A  TUCKAHOE MUSIC  COPYRIGHT  ON  1st  JUNE 1981?

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5 NOVEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT DAVID BUSSEY (aka BUFFEY) MADE HIS FIRST LIVE BROADCAST ON BBC RADIO 2 42 YEARS AGO ON 26TH JULY 1971?

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 UK PROMOTION MACHINE FOR "GENTLEMAN JIM REEVES" MOVES UP A GEAR

The UK national daily newspaper "The Daily Express" of today, 5th November features on PAGE 26, almost a full page article headed "GENTLEMAN JIM - THE CROONER WHO CONQUERED BRITAIN." Over half the feature is taken up with a wonderful colour photo of Jim, plus a small b/w. The article was written by Neil Clark and is obviously a precursor to tonight's BBC Radio 2 programme "Welcome to my world - the Jim Reeves Story." It is also on the Daily Express website.

The article is an interesting resume of Jim's life, and of course has to include the customary plug for that book. Thankfully, it is not mentioned by name, but the book's author gets into the act with his usual aplomb as Reeves' biographer who believes that Jim's "Gentleman " sobriquet was not undeserved. "I still believe that the prevailing nature of Jim's personality was one of uncommon mannerliness, warmth, good humour, striving for perfection and sincerity," he says. No mention of Jim's darker side.

One has to ask oneself if one really has read the book, or was it just a mirage? If this hypocritical comment is truly what the man believes in his heart of hearts, then why is the book so full of filth? Why include all the crap in the first place? Obviously he is reverting back to his public persona of pre 2011 when he stood uprightly behind "Gentleman Jim" and protected his image vigorously, before creating a new Stateside twenty first century image of "Libidinous Jim." He hopes this will sell him more books in the UK.

To also get the facts straight on why that "so-called expert" (the US website's sarcasm, not Bussey's. He has never referred to himself as an expert, for he believes rightly there are no Reeves "experts," merely many "authorities"), is not featured on tonight's programme, is because he chose not to be. He was approached by the Manchester producer for an interview, and after serious consideration, turned the offer down, as he felt he'd had his radio days years ago, got his tee shirt, and would leave the programme in the hands of the new kids on the block. He has diametrically opposed views & opinions to some of those on the programme and did not wish to stir the waters and spoil their moment of glory.

Meanwhile the legend of "Gentleman Jim" soldiers on in the UK. For how much longer is anyone's guess.
 

 

4 NOVEMBER  2013

SORRY TO BURST THE BUBBLE FOR THE STARS WHO WILL BE TELLING THEIR TALES & TRYING TO SELL THEIR WARES ON THE UPCOMING BBC RADIO 2 JIM REEVES BROADCAST TOMORROW EVENING (5TH NOV.) WHEN MOST BRITS WILL BE BURNING THEIR BONFIRES & LETTING OFF THEIR FIREWORKS ON THE NIGHT THAT CELEBRATES DEAR OLD GUY FAWKES' FAILED ATTEMPT AT BLOWING UP THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT. CERTAINLY NOT THE BEST CHOICE OF A NIGHT FOR A GOOD RADIO AUDIENCE.

NO. SORRY TO DISAPPOINT THE STARS, BUT 1 IN 4 OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC WILL NOT BE TUNING IN TO LISTEN. THE STATISTICAL FIGURE OF NEARLY 15 MILLION LISTENERS REFERS TO LISTENERS PER WEEK!!  HENCE IT BECOMES THE NATION'S MOST LISTENED-TO RADIO STATION.

STILL, THE JIM REEVES FANS SHOULD BE RETURNING HOME EARLY WITH THEIR FISH & CHIPS.

 

3 NOVEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN APRIL 1967 THE JIM REEVES ENTERPRISES HAD THEIR OWN "DID YOU KNOW THAT?????"

to view-  click here

 

2 NOVEMBER  2013

NINE JIM REEVES SONGS IN DUTCH RADIO EVERGREEN TOP 1000 CHARTS

Dutch Radio5 Nostalgia radio station will broadcast the 2013 edition of "Evergreen Top 1000 " from Monday November 4 till Friday November 8, 2013. The very first was broadcasted in 2008 and the program has proven to be very popular with the listeners.

This year there are 9 Jim Reeves songs will be played in the program:
Number 660 - Blue boy (1958) to be played on November 5, between 14.00 - 15.00 hours
Number 514 - Bimbo (1954), to be played on November 6, between 11.00 - 12.00 hours
Number 466 - Am I losing you (1960), to be played on November 6, between 14.00 - 15.00 hours
Number 280 - Welcome To My World (1964)), to be played on November 7, between 14.00 - 15.00 hours
Number 132 - I won't forget you (1964), to be played on November 8, between 11.00 - 12.00 hours
Number 53 - I Love You Because (1964), to be played on November 8, between 15.00 - 16.00 hours
Number 46 - Adios Amigo (1961), to be played on November 8, between 16.00 - 17.00 hours
Number 34 - He'll Have To Go (1960), to be played on November 8, between 16.00 - 17.00 hours
Number 27 - Distant Drums(1966), to be played on November 8, between 17.00 - 18.00 hours

All times are in Central European Time.

You can listen to Radio5 Nostalgia on the web here .    

 

31 OCTOBER  2013

WORLD SCOOP, FIRST MENTIONED ON THIS WEBSITE

NO DID YOU KNOW, BUT AN AMAZING PIECE OF NEWS INSTEAD!!

Once again the UK fan scene shows just how far ahead it is in the promotion of Jim Reeves music & memory.
BBC Radio 2, the most listened to radio station in the UK, (15 million listeners) is the first national broadcaster to pay tribute to Jim Reeves as the 50th anniversary of his death approaches.

On bonfire night, Tuesday 5th November 2013 between 10.00pm & 11pm, Sir Terry Wogan hosts a programme "Welcome to my world - the Jim Reeves Story" marking the life & career of Jim Reeves, broadcast on BBC Radio 2. The network's programme guide, the Radio Times, includes a nice picture of Jim to advertise the programme.
 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gg9y6


The news sent to me by Diane Hill .

 

30 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW JIM WAS FEATURED IN COLOUR WITH SOME PEARLS OF WISDOM ON THE COVER OF "THE MUSIC REPORTER YEAR-END TRADE REVIEW 1962?

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27 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN A PRESS ADVERT FOR HIS LATEST RCA VICTOR SINGLE "ADIOS AMIGO," DATED 7TH MAY 1962, JIM EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE IN SPANISH TO DELEGATES ATTENDING THE MUSIC OPERATORS OF AMERICA 12TH ANNUAL CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW, HELD ON MAY 6TH, 7TH & 8TH AT THE MORRISON HOTEL, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS?

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24 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT BY JULY 1957, THE MUCH HERALDED OFFICIAL JIM REEVES FAN CLUB JOURNAL HAD BECOME A 2 - PAGE BULLETIN?

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22 OCTOBER  2013

CHESTER STUDDARD INDUCTED TO CARTHAGE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF HONOR

On Friday October 18, Chester Studdard was inducted to the Carthage High School Athletics Hall of Honor.
Chester Studdard, who knew Jim back then as Travis Reeves, were long-time boyhood chums. Both attended DeBerry Grade School and Carthage High together, and both were named to the All-State baseball team in 1941. Jim was a pitcher and Chester was a shortstop.

 

20 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT 49 1/2 YEARS AGO, DAVID BUSSEY WROTE A COUPLE OF LETTERS TO JIM?  ON EACH OCCASION, JIM WAS AWAY ON TOUR & MOST LIKELY NEVER READ THEM. HOWEVER, JOYCE GRAY, JIM'S SECRETARY TOOK THE TIME & TROUBLE TO REPLY.

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17 OCTOBER  2013

IS THIS ADVERT THE CLUE THAT GAVE THE GAME AWAY ALL THOSE YEARS AGO?


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14 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW IN 1953 BEA TERRY WROTE A MONTHLY COLUMN "FOLK MUSIC & ITS FOLKS" FOR THE MAGAZINE "SOUTHERN FARM & HOME" BASED IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA?

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11 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW COUNTRY SUPERSTAR CHARLEY PRIDE PAID TRIBUTE TO JIM ON HIS VERY FIRST RCA VICTOR ALBUM IN 1966? THE ALBUM “COUNTRY CHARLEY PRIDE” WENT ON TO ACHIEVE GOLD STATUS.

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9 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW A SMALL TEXAS TOWN ON THE BORDER OF NEW MEXICO WAS QUICK TO HONOUR JIM AFTER HIS DEATH?

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6 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT JANUARY 1957 SAW THE VERY FIRST ISSUE OF THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB?

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5 OCTOBER  2013

FOR SALE ON EBAY RARE REEL-TO-REEL TAPE CONTAINING TWO DUETS WITH JIM REEVES AND DOTTIE WEST

 

Currently listed on Ebay at a starting bid of $149.00, (and 6 days to go before the auction ends), is  a reel-to-reel tape containing two duets by Jim Reeves Dottie West.  It is being described as:

"....a Very Rare JIM REEVES and DOTTIE WEST Reel-to-Reel Tape Containing "Love Is No Excuse" and "Look Who's Talking".

This tape was owned by country singer Dottie West and was among her possessions at the time of her death.  The tape is contained in it's original box, and a 5x7 photo of Jim Reeves and Dottie West is included.

“Love Is No Excuse” and “Look Who’s Talking” were both recorded by Jim Reeves and Dottie West on December 17, 1963, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.  The producer was Chet Atkins, and those on the session included Harold Bradley, Velma Smith, Bob Moore, Kenneth Buttrey, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, Boots Randolph, and the Anita Kerr Singers.

“Love Is No Excuse” (with “Look Who’s Talking” on the B-side) debuted on Billboard’s country singles chart on March 28, 1964.  The record reached No. 7, and was on the chart for a total of 21 weeks.  “Love Is No Excuse” was written by Justin Tubb."

RCA released the track "LOVE IS NO EXCUSE", with studio clatter between Jim and Dottie at the beginning of the song, on the CD album "THE ESSENTIAL DOTTIE WEST". RCA  cheated as the studio chatter is from the master tape of "Look Who's Talking".

 

2 OCTOBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW IN AUGUST 1973 IN NASHVILLE, MARY REEVES WAS HARD AT WORK CO-PRODUCING SHANNON RECORDINGS BY WILMA BURGESS & GEORGE KENT, WHILE DAVID BUSSEY WAS BUSY DOING INTERVIEWS?

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29 SEPTEMBER  2013

In the 5 years since Leo Jackson's death, the fan club has received fewer requests for unknown or rarely published information and/or stories about Jim Reeves and the people who were associated with him. The 'DID YOU KNOW?' section has been up & running for a similar period and what began as a trivia format, is now much more sophisticated with exclusive world firsts & hitherto unpublished facts & previously unknown information appearing frequently for the entertainment & education of the fans. This continuing series will continue to bring you the very best of Jim Reeves & related historical details which other sites are unaware of.

 

COULD THIS 60 YR OLD TYPEWRITTEN PAGE BE ONE OF THE VERY FIRST JIM REEVES FAN CLUB NEWSLETTERS?

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27 SEPTEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT DURING THE TIME OF JIM REEVES' RADIO SHOW,  STEVE SHOLES WORKED BEHIND THE SCENES TO PROMOTE JIM'S LATEST RECORD ON THE SHOW?

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26 SEPTEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW JIM'S "LET ME LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE" TOPPED K-NUZ HOUSTON'S HILLBILLY HIT
PARADE FOR WEEK ENDING 5TH JUNE 1953?

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 click here

 

25 SEPTEMBER  2013

WPLN, NASHVILLE PUBLIC RADIO STATION'S  JIM REEVES SPECIAL

WPLN, Nashville’s public radio station recently broadcasted a short special on Country Crooner Jim Reeves. about the continuous popularity of Jim Reeves, 50 years after his death, especially in countries as Sri Lanka, 9300 miles from Nashville. Contributions by CMF Senior historian John Rumble, Jim's nephew John Rex Reeves, and Indian artist Bobby Cash.

Visit the WPLN website and read the article about the special by Bradley George and listen tot the radio special.

24 SEPTEMBER  2013

JIM ED BROWN COMMENTS TO THE PICTURE ON THE COVER OF THE JIMMY COX FAN CLUB MAGAZINE


"That was not Elvis sitting on the couch. That was Jerry Rowley,  a fiddle player that worked with us back then and recorded with us. He played fiddle on "Mexican Joe", "Looking Back To See", and many more that was recorded in Shreveport. Jimmy Cox was a D. J. Jerry's wife, Evelyn is where Floyd Cramer got the little riff that he used so much on his records."

22 SEPTEMBER  2013

SOUTH AFRICANS REMEMBER THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JIM REEVES' VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

On October 5, The Afrikaans Language and Culture Association organises a tribute to Jim Reeves near the "Big Hole" in Kimberley, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of making of the movie "Kimberley Jim" in which Jim Reeves starred. Trevor Nasser, Gerald Meyer, and  the Trio-Orker Dansers will entertain the visitors.

Ons herdenk Jim Reeves se koms na Suid-Afrika 50 jaar gelede.

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

20 SEPTEMBER  2013


DID YOU KNOW JIM RECEIVED A COPY OF "JIMMY'S JOURNAL" - PUBLISHED BY THE JIMMY COX FAN CLUB EVERY 3 MONTHS?
 

Please  click here to  read   about it and view the cover of the Spring 1955 issue

   

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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 has been put to rest

     

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