FILM CLIP OF JIM REEVES FOUND IN DUTCH AUDIO AND VISUAL ARCHIVES
Jim Reeves sings I LOVE YOU BECAUSE accompanied only by his guitar, in the Airport Lounge at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Holland on Friday April 17,1964.
RCA and its European partners, including TELDEC and INELCO, for Germany and the Benelux countries respectively, made a lot of effort to promote an European tour which was to be the first of its kind and featured the top of the RCA country music artists. The tour covered most of Western Europe, except the British Isles, although Jim Reeves attended some promotion activities in England after the tour had finished. The shows received much pre-publicity in many newspapers and magazines.
The group consisting of Jim Reeves, Bobby Bare, The Anita Kerr Singers, and Chet Atkins were to do two shows, one in The Hague at 8 PM. And another one in Amsterdam at midnight. They arrived at the airport after taken a flight from Frankfurt in Germany.
Dutch television wasn’t interested in broadcasting one of the shows on radio or television, but Dutch television news reported about the arrival of the group, and an impromptu performance by Jim Reeves was arranged in the lounge of the Airport where a press conference was held, and where country music fans and the press could meet the artists.
For over 30 years the black and white footage was lingering in the archives and was never used. About 10 years ago I approached the Dutch television archival department with a request to search for any Jim Reeves material in their archives. They came up with the film clip of the arrival of the group in Amsterdam. They could not supply a copy of it on video tape but could arrange a showing of it in their office. An appointment was made, and together with an other member we went to watch it. I was impressed by the brief performance of Jim, accompanied by only his guitar, which was done under hectic conditions. Jim stayed cool and controlled and his act impressed the Dutch press very much.
An extensive report about the shows in Holland , compiled from reports and interviews in newspapers and magazines, will be printed in the next issue of our fan club magazine.
Since recently, the archives of Dutch radio and television can be researched online on the web at beeldengeluid . It is even possible to order a copy of the film on VHS tape (PAL only) from the archives for approx. 40 Euro.
Bear Family has included this short film clip in their 4CD/1DVD boxed set NASHVILLE STARS ON TOUR which will be released very soon.