LAST UPDATED ON 21 NOVEMBER 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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
 

NEWS

21 NOVEMBER 2017

 W.E. "LUCKY" MOELLER  JIM REEVES ITINERARY FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 1955

 

19 NOVEMBER 2017

GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER MEL TILLIS DIED AGED 85


Grand Ole Opey member Mel Tillis died early this Sunday morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida.

Mel was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

There's a nice picture of Jim Reeves, Mel Tillis, and Don Gibson, and Frances Williams, Nashville representative of BMI, on the website of  THE TENNESSEAN  newspaper. The three songwriters were honoured at the BMI dinner November 2, 1960.

A very short clip of  10 seconds of a Jim Reeves demo recording of a song Mel Tillis and A. R. “Buck” Peddy wrote,  can be listened to here.

 

 

11 NOVEMBER 2017

(updated 13 November 2017)

 18th ANNIVERSARY OF THE  DEATH OF
MARY REEVES
 

Today we remember the 18th anniversary of the death of Mary Reeves.  For almost 35 years Mary nursed, promoted and especially protected the image of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves.

floral tribute, paid for by  fan club members,  has  been put at the graves of Jim and Mary Reeves  at the Jim Reeves memorial along Highway #79.

Click here to  view a picture of the floral tribute


 

 

10 NOVEMBER 2017

 

30 OCTOBER 2017

RCA STUDIO B CELEBRATES 60th ANNIVERSARY

The RCA Studio B building on the corner of 17th Avenue South and Hawkins Street opened on October 29, 1957. It replaced the old Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission studio at 1525 McGavock Street. For two decades many country and non country artists such as Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, Hank Snow, Charly Pride, The Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley would record their recordings in this studio, many of these became hits.  Jim Reeves first used this studio on December 12, 1957 from 18:00-22:00 hours. He recorded "I LOVE YOU MORE", "THEME OF LOVE" and "WISHFUL THINKING"

THE TENNESSEAN newspaper featured a special article on the 60th Anniversary on their website, including 21 pictures taken at the recording sessions of the only Jim Reeves' Christmas album on October 19, and 25, 1962.
 

Click here to  read the  TENNESSEAN newspaper article.

The building still stands and is a museum visited by many country music fans, although it is occasionally used for special recordings sessions.  In April 2003 Country Music Hall of Fame's Senior Historian Dr. John W. Rumble invited Leo Jackson, me, and two members of the fan club, for a tour of RCA Studio B. Leo has played on many Jim Reeves recording sessions, although he's been listed on only a few session sheets.

Click here to  view pictures taken of that visit to RCA Studio B
 

27 OCTOBER 2017

NEW ALBUM RELEASE, DUE IN DECEMBER

 

22 OCTOBER 2017

LEO JACKSON WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED HIS 83TH BIRTHDAY TODAY

Leo Jackson was born 83 years ago today. Leo died on May 4, 2008, but his memory and guitar artistry still lives on through  the Jim Reeves recordings he played on.

I can't remember who took this picture of Leo Jackson, me, and two members of the fan club, taken at a special fan club meeting, at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, on April 13, 2003.

Click HERE to  view more pictures taken at that special fan club meeting and click HERE to  view more pictures of Leo Jackson taken at a visit to RCA Studio B, and a visit to Dean Manuel's grave, all taken in April 2003.

 

19 OCTOBER 2017

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES PLAYED GUITAR AT A JOHNNY HORTON RECORDING SESSION?

To read about it - click  here

 

12 OCTOBER 2017

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE AUDIO COMPANY OF AMERICA'S  MASTER BOOK 1950- 1951, CAN BE VIEWED ON THE  WEBSITE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON?

To read about it - click  here

 

 

5 OCTOBER 2017

50 YEARS AGO - THESE JIM REEVES RECORDS WERE FOR SALE IN SCANDINAVIA,  GERMANY, AND THE LOW COUNTRIES

Click here to read a Swedish catalogue

 

1 OCTOBER 2017

BGO RELEASED  A 4LP-2CD SET OF RONNIE INCLUDES  THE JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ALBUM "OUT WHERE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS ARE GLOWING"

For those Jim Reeves fans who don't have Ronnie Millsap's tribute to Jim  Reeves album, here's you chance to get it at a very favourable price (£9.99) from BGO Records.

Click here to read more about the album on the BGO website.

 

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE JIM REEVES TOUR OF THE WEST OF IRELAND APPEARED ON THE 'IRISH MEMORIES' WEBSITE

Fan club member and publicist James Reddiough wrote an article about the 1963 Jim Reeves tour of the west of Ireland which got published on the 'Irish Memories' website. James has written many articles about the 1962 tour which were published in a number of Irish magazines. He also published a booklet about that tour a few years ago.

Click here to view the article.

James also wrote an article about Eddie Masterson, the composer of the monologue "A TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES". The song was recorded by Larry Cunningham.

Click here to view the article.

 

24 SEPTEMBER 2017

KLTV WILL FEATURE A PROGRAM ON AN HISTORIC BUILDING IN TYLER, TEXAS

Television station KLTV in Tyler, Texas will feature a program on the Mayfair Building in Tyler in their weekly series "Proud of East Texas," on KLTV 7 News and KTRE 9 News Today (September 24, 2017) at 10 p.m. CEDT (GMT-5).

The Mayfair building is located at the East Texas County Fair grounds. In the 1950s, Tom Perryman organised country music shows in the building, featuring artists such as  Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton, The Browns, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl, Hank Williams, June Carter Cash, Jim Reeves and the Grand Ole Opry tour group.

The presenter, Joan Hallmark reported: "Unfortunately, Tom Perryman’s health is so bad after a recent stroke that he was unable to be taped for the latest story. I did talk with his wife Billie. After the story is aired on Sunday September 24th, it will go on the internet at KLTV website, search for "Proud of East Texas, Mayfair Building".

                                                      Click here  to view a list of available "Proud of East Texas" episodes.

 

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

THE LATEST RELEASES OF JIM REEVES LP AND CD ALBUMS

 

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES, WHILE HE WAS PARTICIPATING IN A "MARCH OF DIMES" TOUR  IN 1956, FLEW BACK TO NASHVILLE, TO PERFORM AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY? 

Click here to read more about it.

FAN CLUB MEETING POSTPONED TO SPRING 2018

We were going to have a fan club meeting in October but the venue in Hilversum had no spare dates in October or November left. We will have one in the Spring, probably at an other location. A date has not been set  yet.

 

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

A PAGE FROM A CHECK STUBS BOOK  

Click here to read more about it.

 

31 AUGUST 2017

THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE CURRENT WEATHER SITUATION AT CARTHAGE

Today we enquired about the effects of hurricane HARVEY in Carthage.  Darcy Johnson, of the Carthage Flower Shop, reported: "We are about 3 hours North East of Houston. So we are just getting a little rain.  Thanks for checking in on us! Houston and the rest of South Texas need prayers."

 

25 AUGUST 2017

THE LATEST RELEASES OF JIM REEVES LP AND CD ALBUMS

Click here to  view it in a larger format

20 AUGUST 2017

HAPPY  BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Today would have been  Jim Reeves' 94th Birthday.  To celebrate it we share a picture of Jim Reeves, writing his signature for a fan,  taken in South Africa in probably 1962. 

 You can view it  here .
 

 

 19 AUGUST 2017

A CHECK STUB SENT TO THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)

Click here to read more about it.

 

 15 AUGUST 2017

A BLUE BOYS HAND BILL

Click here to read more about it.

 

7 AUGUST 2017

AFM COMBINATION RECEIPT AND REPORT FORM FOR THE JANUARY 18th, 1962 SHOW AT THE RIVERSIDE BALLROOM , PHOENIX, ARIZONA.  

Click here to read more about it.

 

6 AUGUST 2017

OCTOBER 1955 LETTER FROM SYLVESTER CROSS TO TOM DISKIN AND HANK SNOW, MENTIONING  JIM REEVES

Click here to read more about it.

 

5 AUGUST 2017

BGO CHANGED THE RELEASE DATE OF THEIR  LATEST 2 CD (4-LP) JIM REEVES RELEASE AGAIN

BGO announced that the release date for the BGO release Jim Reeves "The International Jim Reeves/Kimberley Jim/My Cathedral/And Some Friends" has been changed for the fourth time in a month, from  August 11 to August 18, 2017. Amazon.co.uk  has announced they will ship the album later than originally planned.  Another Jim Reeves BGO  album, "Yours Sincerely, Jim Reeves/Blue Side Of Lonesome/A Touch Of Sadness/On Stage", suffered from a production delay last year too.  

 

4 AUGUST 2017

JIM REEVES ALBUM ON THE NUMBER 1 POSITION OF MOST VALUABLE COUNTRY MUSIC LP ALBUMS

The WIDE OPEN COUNTRY  website posted a list of the ten most valuable country music albums.  The Jim Reeves album ABBOTT LP5001 - JIM REEVES SINGS is at the number 1 position, it could be worth $1000, depending on the condition of the record itself and / or the sleeve!  5

In the summer of  1982 I took my original copy of that album to the British RCA headquarters in London, where it was photographed and used for the artwork of "JIM REEVES - THE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, volume 1". RCA even promoted the fan club by including the name and the address on the rear cover of volume 2. A very surprising act by RCA, since they never promoted the OFFICIAL BRITISH JIM REEVES FAN CLUB on  sleeves of the British Jim Reeves albums.  

Click here to read more about it.

 

1 AUGUST 2017

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

TO COMMEMORATE THE 94th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF JIM REEVES ON AUGUST 2O, WE WILL BE POSTING SOME JIM REEVES MEMORABILIA IN THE WEEKS LEADING TO HIS BIRTHDAY

SO CHECK THIS WEBSITE REGULARLY, PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS PAGE

 

31 JULY 2017

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 53 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 will be put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today. We will post pictures of the floral tributes as soon as possible.
 

NO JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON BUCKS BRAUN MORNING SHOW TODAY

For more than a decade Classic Country Radio carried a Jim Reeves tribute show on the Bucks Braun Morning Show. When I asked Bucks if there would be an other  tribute today, he informed me there wouldn't be one.  That's very unfortunate as a number of fans will no doubt tune in to his program today. I asked Bucks to play a Jim Reeves record for all loyal fans of Jim Reeves on his program, this morning. 

 

30 JULY 2017

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE "NEW JIM REEVES"?


For almost a decade fans could buy newly overdubbed recordings of Jim Reeves by an American Indie label by mail order. Those albums got some airplay on country music radio programmes, but the general public wasn't aware of these recordings. In 2014, at the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Jim's death the British record label H&H Music released an 8 CD album of overdubbed Jim Reeves songs, "The Great Jim Reeves". It received quiet a bit of promotion on television, radio, and the Internet in Europe. This should have given the "New Jim Reeves" an enormous boost in popularity and sales.

Three years later it seems that all was to no avail. Radio stations  in Europe (and likely in the rest of the world, too) still play the "Old Jim Reeves", rather than the tracks with modern musical backing. I located copies of the 8 CD set at charity shops in Plymouth, UK, for as little as £7.50. It is very likely that the general public prefers the Jim Reeves they listened to at home when their parents or grandparents played or listened to Jim Reeves records. 

The naked truth is that the original Jim Reeves recordings, usually produced by one of Nashville's all-time best producers, Chet Atkins, and with a musical arrangement by Anita Kerr, have not been  beaten by any modern version yet,  and probably never will. 

I am surprised that Anita Kerr, has not yet been elected to the CMF HALL OF FAME. Ms. Kerr truly deserves it as she played a mayor part in creating THE NASHVILLE SOUND.

The 8CD Set Deluxe Edition, sells at Amazon.co.uk for £29.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK. One can order much cheaper copies of this album from other sellers at Amazon, for  around £20.00 in new and or used condition.

The album is also being offered at an American fan website for $49.99 (£38.81) plus $8.00 (£6.21) shipping. Not quite what I would consider a bargain. 

 

JUNE FORAY, ONE OF THE PERFORMERS FROM THE 1954 USO TOUR (WHICH JIM REEVES WAS A PART OF) HAS DIED, AGED 99.

Several American news media such as NBC and Washington Post reported that one of the performers from the 1954 USO tour (which Jim Reeves was a part of) has died. June Foray was a voice over actress for many years in Hollywood, performing in cartoons such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Walt Disney movies. June was born as June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 18, 1917. She died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest. She was 99 years old.

Bud Widow interviewed the performers of the 1954 USO Tour during the tour, The interviews were recorded on tape and sent to Hollywood. There they were transcribed for Bud's program Bud's Bandwagon, a 30 minute program transmitted by American Forces Radio. Bud interviewed June too and at the end of the interview June performed "live" in a detective story of "Little Red Riding Hood".

I was privileged to have access, and listen to these interviews with are in custody of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Listening to the interviews helped me to write an article about the 1954 USO tour. It was published in two issues of the Jim Reeves fan club magazine in 2015.

The interview with Jim Reeves is believed to be the first one of Jim Reeves transmitted outside the USA. Unfortunately no record company has taken a license from the University of Missouri-Kansas City yet,  to release the interview on a CD.

 

16 JULY 2017

TOM PERRYMAN CELEBRATES HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY TODAY!

Veteran DJ Tom Perryman celebrates his 90th Birthday today. Family and friends threw in a big 90th Birthday Party in the Tyler Senior  Center  last Friday, July 14th.

Bob Mauldin reports Tom is at home and is doing very well, considering the struggle this past year. He has made significant progress, and being around so many friends and fans was very good for him Friday night!

Tom Perryman was a long time friend and business associate of Jim Reeves.

To view Birthday party pictures on Bob Mauldin's FB page, click  here  


ARCHIVED NEWS ITEMS

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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

     

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