ARCHIVED NEWS ITEMS 

 

14 JULY 2017

A THIRD JIM REEVES LP ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED THIS YEAR!

Stargrove Entertainment will release a vinyl LP album of Jim  Reeves, especially for collectors,  in July. It will be the third Jim Reeves album released on vinyl this year.  

To view a collage of recently released Jim Reeves albums  - click  here

 

9 JULY 2017

A RARE POSTER OF THE STRING COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW

To view the poster of that show - click  here

 

5 JULY 2017

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES PLAYED AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE IN BLAINE, WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY MAY 16, 1963?

To view the poster of that show - click  here

1 JULY 2017

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES PLAYED AT THE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM AT AUSTIN, TEXAS ON MARCH 22, 1964?

To read about it - click  here

 

27 JUNE 2017

 ISSUE# 149 OF FAN CLUB MAGAZINE

 Issue # 149 of the fan club magazine has been put on the mail yesterday. The magazine features articles about the 60th anniversary of the release of the song "Four Walls", the 1958 Cancer Crusade episode of the ABN  THE JIM REEVES SHOW, aired after the regular live program had been cancelled, and about the release of a 4 DVD set of "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW" and the episode in which Jim Reeves performed a few weeks before his death.   

21 JUNE 2017

 KIMO RADIO HITPARADES

Bob Strack had replaced Jim Reeves on 'RED RIVER ROUNDUP' radio program on KWKH after Jim had left Shreveport for Nashville. In late 1955 Bob  had moved to KIMO, a 1000 watts radio station in Independence, Missouri. In the collection of Dominique Anglares we found two KIMO Radio Hitparades from January 1956 . Each of them featured  a different Jim Reeves recording. 

To view them  - click  here

 

13 JUNE 2017

'WHISPERING HOPE' REVIEW IN 'DISC' MAGAZINE

After Jim' s big hit "He'll Have to Go", which ran for 31 weeks in the UK charts in March and April 1960, RCA released two more Jim Reeves records from US single releases but they failed to enter the charts. Pat considered he had to select a song which would be more attractive to the British record buying public. In March 1961 Pat Campbell picked "Whispering Hope" from a religious album, "God Be With You" Jim had recorded  in 1959.  The song entered the charts at number 50 and stayed in it for only a week. Pat realised he had to continue with the formula and his next pick was "You're The Only Good Thing" which rode the charts for 19 weeks and went to number 17 in November 1961.  Due to Pat's selections, Jims records not only frequently  entered the charts in Britain, but also in the rest of Europe.

 

8 JUNE 2017

KIMN HIT PARADE SURVEYS

KIMN RADIO was located in Denver, Colorado. One could pick KIMN hit Pade surveys at Downtown Woolworth, Villa Music, Woolco, or anywhere fine 45's were sold.  We have posted three surveys from February 1960 when 'HE'LL HAVE TO GO' was being listed in  the US pop and country charts. 

To view them - click  here

5 JUNE 2017

UK CHART ACHIEVEMENTS BY JIM REEVES

JIM REEVES has been on the charts for 13 consecutive years, from 1960 to 1972

"HE'LL HAVE TO GO" was 39 weeks on the charts, on 3 separate chart runs

 

30 MAY 2017

GENTLEMAN JIM REEVES ON RADIO EXTRA GOLD

Extra Gold is the only radio station who constantly promotes the music of Jim Reeves across a number of programmes tune in for all the best hits on Extra Gold: www.extragold.nl

You can also hear Gentleman Jim Reeves every Friday night for a full hour from 22.00 on Radio Extra Gold.

More info on www.jimreeves.eu  where you can re-listen to all Jim Reeves broadcast programs

 

27 MAY 2017

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES WOULD HAVE RECORDED THE SONG "THE ANGEL AND THE STRANGER" IF HE HAD NOT PERISHED IN THE AIR CRASH?

To read about it - click  here

 

18 MAY 2017

BILLY HARLAN FEATURED IN A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE IN THE 'NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN'


Yesterday, May 17, The Nashville Tennessean published an article about 80 year old bass player Billy Harlan. Fans may remember that Billy was a member of both Jim Reeves' bands, "The Wagonmasters" and "The Blue Boys". He'd joined "The Wagonmasters" on January 27, 1957.

On February 5, 1959 Billy played bass on the recording session which produced "If Heartache is the Fashion" , and "Home". The article mentioned that not long after Billy recorded two songs in RCA Studio B: “This Lonely Man,” and “Teen Jean Jive”, he spent a month out of town playing bass in the Jim Reeves’ band. They played four weeks in the Hotel Commercial, Elko, Nevada, in June 1959.

Billy is still active in music and very popular with rockabilly fans and regulary performs in shows in Europe. On April 22nd Bill played at Stoke on Trent for an all day rockabilly festival and on  April 23, Bill performed rocakabilly songs for about half an hour. at the "Cowboy Up" in Waardamme, Belgium.
 

Please  click here to  read the newspaper article online.

 

12 MAY 2017

UPDATE ON MITCHELL TOROK

Mitchell Tork, the song writer of the first big Jim Reeves hit, "Mexican Joe", celebrated his 87th Birthday last October.

Last year, he informed me that he was writing a series of books, to be released on CD by either him or a publisher. One title is "The missing Link", in his own words: "The early trouble I went through to write "Mexican Joe" and eventually how it got to Jim, not in any books because I lived it..", and a book on "Fabor Robinson and how he made Jim and disrupted the entire city music industry..." Mitchell didn´t mention  a publication date yet.
 

Arie den Dulk and Mitchell Torok at the Station Inn, Nashville, November 2001

4 MAY 2017

LEO JACKSON REMEMBERED

Leo Jackson, who played lead guitar for Jim Reeves,  died 9 years ago today. A floral tribute from the fan club has been put on his grave.    

Please  click here to  read about it

 

3 MAY 2017

JOHN REX REEVES PERFORMED TWO SHOWS IN SRI LANKA

The John Rex Reeves website reported that  John Rex Reeves performed two shows  in Sri Lanka on April 28, and 29. It was the first time John Rex performed and sang Jim Reeves' songs in Sri Lanka.

In the 1970s John Rex performed quite a few times in Great Britain and even had a fan club, run by Mrs. Kathleen Oxlade. Unfortunately for his British fans, John Rex has not performed  in Great Britain for many years.  

 

29 APRIL 2017

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN 1967 A WEEKLY JIM REEVES TRIBUTE PROGRAM OF 30 MINUTES ATTRACTED 5 MILLION LISTENERS ?

To read about it - click  here

 

 23 APRIL 2017

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES INTENDED GIVING UP PROFESSIONAL SINGING AT THE END OF 1963?

Please  click here to  read  about it

 

16 APRIL 2017

 HAPPY EASTER 

We wish all Jim Reeves fans a Blessed and Happy Easter.

 

15 APRIL 2017

ALEX  ZANETIS, A FORMER JIM REEVES SONGWRITER , WROTE A MUSICAL ABOUT THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST

Probably quite a few visitors to this website have seen the 1973 movie "Jesus Christ Superstar" or have listened to the soundtrack. Very few people know  that a former Jim Reeves song writer, Alex Zanetis ( of  "I'm Gonna Change Everything" and "Guilty"  fame) wrote the words and composed the music of another contemporary musical dramatization of the life of Jesus Christ.

In 1974 Alex Zanetis produced and directed the double LP album "The Carpenter's Son" on the RCA label, (RCA CPL2-0419). The cast list includes such famous Nashville artists as  Ray Walker as Judas, George Jones as Pilate, an Elder, and Old Man, David Cobb as Scribe, and Alex Zanetis as Jesus. Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires and The Nashville Edition.

The album got fine reviews by representatives of various nominations, such as The Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Nazarene, Baptist, Episcopal, and Church of Christ. 

In 2000, it got released as a compact audio cassette album on the Royal Masters Records label.

To view pictures of the album sleeves  - click here
 

14 APRIL 2017

JIM REEVES RECORDED A HYMN BEST SUITED TO THE HOLY WEEK

Today is Good Friday, we remember that the Lord died on Good Friday in order to resurrect on the third day, Easter Sunday.

On the Bear Family Jim Reeves 16 CD boxed set you'll find the song "Near The Cross", a song which is very well suited to be listened to today. Jim Reeves recorded the song for his  private use, probably at KRGI in Henderson, Tx., around 1947. The female singer who  accompanied him is probably his wife, Mary.

It is an old hymn, written by Fanny J. Crosby in 1869. The tune was written by William H. Doane before the text had been written. Fanny J. Crosby wrote four stanzas and a refrain.  On Jim's recording only the first and last verses, and the refrain were sung.
 

9 APRIL 2017

JOEY KENT LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO CONNECT HIM WITH POTENTIAL PUBLISHERS FOR HIS BOOK "CRADLE OF T HE STARS", A STORY ABOUT KWKH & THE LOUISIANA HAYRIDE, WHICH WILL INCLUDE PICTURES AND STORIES ABOUT JIM REEVES TOO.

To read about it - click here

 

5 APRIL 2017

  "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW" EPISODE WITH JIM REEVES HAS FINALLY BEEN RELEASED ON DVD

Several Jim Reeves fans enquiered  if the "Jimmy Dean Show" episode with Jim Reeves could be purchased on DVD. We are happy to announce that indeed it can be obtained on DVD. It got included in a 4 DVD disc release of "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW, Season 1". That 4 DVD set can be ordered at THEJIMMYDEANSHOW.COM website. The website contains some interesting pages on the history of that show, and a video of a press conference in Nashville,  with Jimmy Dean's widow, two persons who were responsible for the restoration project, and Bill Anderson. 

To visit the Jimmy Dean website and order the 4 DVD set, please click  here.

3 APRIL 2017

 RFD-TV SHOWED "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW" EPISODE WITH JIM REEVES AMONG THE GUESTS, ON  APRIL 2, 2017

To our surprise the RFD-TV Channel showed the episode of "The Jimmy Dean Show" in which Jimmy Dean's  guests are Eydie Gorme, Jim Reeves, Buck, Smitty & The Virginians, comedians Don Adams, Pat McCormick, and Jim Henson's Muppet Rowlf the Dog. The picture quality of this kinescope recording is excellent, much better than of the  VHS tape copy which is circulating among fans for many years. 

We have a surprise, this episode it is not only available to American and Canadian  satellite and cable TV subscribers, but worldwide on the Internet! Subscription is $10.00 a month or $90.00 per year, payable by Credit Card. RFD-TV schedule a number of  great "classic" country music television shows, such "Country Family Reunion" in which a group of country music entertainers talk about their memories, "Nashville on the Road", and "Pop Goes the Country".   

To visit the "COUNTRY CLUB" page of the RFD-TV website - click  here

 

21 MARCH 2017

 SOME EARLY PICTURES  OF THE JIM REEVES MEMORIAL NEAR  CARTHAGE, TEXAS

We present a few pictures of the Jim Reeves Memorial, taken between 1964 and 1977

To view the pictures - click here

 

1 MARCH 2017 (updated)

SOME RECENT PICTURES  TAKEN AT THE TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, CARTHAGE, TEXAS

An American fan club member sent a few pictures he has recently taken at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. 

To view the pictures - click here

 

25 FEBRUARY 2017

FIRST EPISODE OF "THE VELVET VOICE" ON EXTRA GOLD RADIO STARTS THE 3RD OF MARCH 2017

Extra Gold Radio will start broadcasting a weekly Jim Reeves program. The program will have a mixture of songs in logical USA LP order, a tribute, live recordings, overdubbed songs, promo songs, interviews, commercials etc. It will be broadcast on Fridays from 22:00 - 23:00 hours European Central Time. Tune in on to EXTRA GOLD RADIO here.

The program will be compiled by fan club member Eimbert van den Oetelaar. Fred van Veen presents the radio broadcast.
Fred, an Elvis and Jim Reeves fan, also did the Jim Reeves show last year on Extra Gold Radio. The program will be supported by messages on face-book and the new updated Jim Reeves site www.jimreeves.eu .

For those who are not been able to listen on a Friday night, the broadcast will be stored on www.jimreeves.eu  and people can re-listen to the program when time permits.

24 FEBRUARY 2017

BRITISH JIM REEVES FAN DOLFIE GRIEBLER AND HIS WIFE MARY, CELEBRATED THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

On 25 January, Dolfie Griebler, long time British  fan and promoter of Jim Reeves and his music, and his wife Mary, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Better late than never we offer them our congratulations.

Dolfie Griebler has written many articles about Jim Reeves in British and overseas music periodicals since the late 1960s. Dolfie also imported rare to find Jim Reeves albums from the USA and South Africa and sold these to European fans. Dolfie reflected that back in the 60's, one had to rely  mostly on information that agencies gave you, and research was difficult.

You will find two of his publications from the 1970's here.

 

8 FEBRUARY 2017

JIM REEVES RECORDED 'FOUR WALLS' SIXTY YEARS AGO

Sixty years ago, on 7 February 1957 Jim Reeves recorded 5 songs at the RCA Victor Studio, Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission, 1525 McGavock St., Nashville, Tennessee. Besides Jim Reeves on vocal and guitar, the other musicians were Chet Atkins on guitar, Bob Moore on bass, Farris Coursey on drums, Floyd Cramer on piano and vocal backing group The Jordanaires. Chet Atkins was the producer.

The songs put down at that session were: FOUR WALLS. HONEY WON'T YOU PLEASE COME HOME, LOOK BEHIND YOU, THE GODS WERE ANGRY WITH ME, and I KNOW (AND YOU KNOW) .

According to a story, Jim Reeves knocked over some sheetmusic and a white label acetate demo recording, into a wastebasket.  When he recovered the pile Jim noticed the title on the demo recording. He made an enquiry about it, liked the song and recorded it.  This is only one version of the story, there are others around.

The song 'Four Walls' may have been intended for a female singer. The legendary white label acetate of the song, which survives in the collection of a fan club member, features a demo performed by a female pop style singer in a pop arrangement.  Who that female singer was has remained a mystery up to this day.

Jims recording of 'Four Walls' made it to Number 1 on the country music charts, and to Number 11 on the popular music
charts. The song received both the BMI Country Award and the BMI Pop Award for 1957.

 

21 JANUARY 2017

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES DID NOT ALWAYS SING THE COMPLETE LYRICS OF A SONG?

In the latest issue of the fan club magazine (#148), is an article about four songs that Jim Reeves had recorded, either on a commercial record label, or on an acetate record for his own use. On all of those four songs Jim did not sing the full lyrics. The magazine has been mailed to the membership yesterday.
 

13 JANUARY 2017

UPDATE ABOUT TOM PERRYMAN

An update for those friends and fans of Hall of Fame DJ Tom Perryman. Tom Perryman has been allowed to return to his home on a trial basis and will continue his rehabilitation there. He has regained some mobility but for now, he is pretty much wheelchair bound. He is also experiencing some bouts of confusion and/or memory loss. His radio group, Alpha Media USA is taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding his radio show and would welcome him back if and when that becomes possible. They have been very supportive throughout his healing process.

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

 

31 DECEMBER 2016

WE WISH JIM REEVES FANS  A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

24 DECEMBER 2016

We Wish Jim Reeves Fans a Merry Christmas!

DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROL "HARK THE ANGELS SING"?


"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was written by Charles Wesley, the co-founder of the Methodist Church. It was published in the collection "Hymns and Sacred Poems" in 1739. The opening couplet reads: "Hark how all the welkin rings, Glory to the King of Kings". The music was slow and solemn, and  to the same tune as his Easter song "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today".

In 1753 George Whitefield changed the opening couplet to "Hark! The Herald Angels sing". A second change was made in the 1782 publication of the Tate and Brady "New Versions of the Psalms of David", with the repetition of the opening line "Hark! The Herald Angels sing/ Glory to the newborn King" at the end of each stanza.

In 1840, Mendelssohn composed a cantata ,"Festgesang", to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. William H. Cummings adapted the music from this cantata, to fit the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels sing”, and the song in the form  we know it now, it was first performed on Christmas Day, 1855.

The first two verses, out of five, of the song were sung by the Anita Kerr Quartet on the "ABN RADIO - THE JIM REEVES SHOW" on December 25, 1957.

 

11 DECEMBER 2016

RECENT VIDEO OF TOM PERRYMAN


Bob Maulden posted a video featuring a visit of singer Lisa Layne Stewart to Tom and Billy Perryman. Tom was both a friend and business associate of Jim Reeves. Tom  co-owned KGRI and WMTS with Jim Reeves and his widow Mary Reeves. Tom is recovering from a bad fall and hope to have a full recovery and be back on radio.

To watch the video  - click  here

 

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.

 

 

26 DECEMBER 2015

SAD NEWS

We just learned that Bert Bossink, who co founded this fan club, died from heart failure this morning. He was 66 years old.   I last visited him the day before Christmas....

Bert was a long time Jim Reeves fan and was an expert of the music from the 1960's and will sure be missed by all who knew him. 

 

24 DECEMBER 2015

A CHRISTMAS WISH, 50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, FROM THE DECEMBER 1965 ISSUE OF "MUSIC CITY NEWS"
 

To read about it - click here

 

23 DECEMBER 2015

WHO INTRODUCED JIM REEVES AT HIS FIRST PERFORMANCE AT THE "GRAND OLE OPRY" ON MAY 23, 1953?

On May 23, 1953 Jim Reeves performed  for the first time on the Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry, and the host introduced Jim. The May 30, 1953 issue of Billboard reads: "Ernest Tubb heads the "Opry" May 23, with Shreveport's Jim Reeves ...... as guest."

But was it really Ernest Tubb who introduced Jim? The author of a 672 page story on Jim Reeves echoes Billboard's report. You can read in the December 2015 issue of the Jim Reeves fan club magazine, to be mailed to members next week,  who really introduced Jim Reeves on that show.
 

15 DECEMBER 2015

KLTI VETERAN AL VINSON DIES AT AGE 92.

From his daughter we were informed that Former KLTI RADIO veteran Allen Earl "Al" Vinson passed away peacefully early Saturday morning in his sleep.

Services will be Tuesday, December 15 through Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin, Texas. There will be a visitaton at 1:00 in the chapel at Garden of Memories cemetery (not at the funeral home) on Highway 59 south followed by a short service at 2:00

For some years I have been corresponding with Mr. Vinson by email and by phone about his memories on the short period Jim Reeves worked at KLTI in 1952 and about the East Texas radio scene  in general.  I valued his knowledge and friendship very much.

 

9 DECEMBER 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT LEON PAYNE, THE WRITER OF "I LOVE YOU BECAUSE", ONCE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BECOME A MEMBER OF  THE "GRAND OLE OPRY"?

To read about it - click here

 

29 NOVEMBER 2015

RAY M. "CARL STUART" SCHACHT DIED AT AGE 86.


Ray M. "Carl Stuart" Schacht, 86, of Bowers, died on Friday, Nov 27, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA. He and his wife, Ellen J. (Salmon) Schacht, celebrated their 44th anniversary on Oct 8, 2015. Born on Dec 17, 1928, he was the son of the late Rachel (McKeown) Schacht. Carl was a Country Music Entertainer and Band Leader for many years. He played at the Grand Ole Opry with many stars, including Jim Reeves.

He was a broadcaster and owned WHOL Radio, Allentown. Carl also owned the Nite Life Restaurant/Bar, Macungie, and was a musician and songwriter. He was an inductee of the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame. He was a United States Army Veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Ellen; his daughter, Danielle L. (Boyer) Becker, wife of Roger Q. Becker, Bowers; grandchildren: Raegen, Joshua, Dane, Mandy and Anthony; and great-grandchildren: Logan, Haily, Ella, William and Mikhael.

A Memorial Service for Carl will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown, with the Rev. Keith K. Rohrbach officiating. Burial will be in Bowers Union Cemetery, Bowers. A Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
 

19 NOVEMBER 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES RECEIVED 1.600 FAN LETTERS IN ONE WEEK OF JUNE 1964?

  To read about it - click  here

 

11 NOVEMBER 2015

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

Today we remember the 16th anniversary anniversary of the death of Mary Reeves.  For almost 35 years Mary nursed, promoted and especially protected the image of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves'. Sixteen years later, little remains of the image she promoted but Jim's voice will continue to give pleasure to millions of listeners.

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

 

10 NOVEMBER 2015

 JIM REEVES  FAN CLUB 40th ANNIVERSARY MEETING

On Sunday 8 November 2014 the fan club  held a fan club meeting in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Special guest  was member Henk Brederode who sang Jim Reeves' songs.

Please  click here to  read more about it

 

5 NOVEMBER 2015
 

JIM MENTIONED ON TOP-RATED BBC TELEVISION QUIZ SHOW
 

On Monday, November 2nd, Jim was mentioned on the BBC1's flagship quiz show "Pointless," televised weekdays between 5.15 & 6.00pm. Four couples battle it out to find lowest score answers to topics put to a panel of 100 people. Daily jackpot is £1000 which carries over to the next show if not won in the final. A £250 bonus is added to the jackpot total for every pointless answer gained during the show.

The final couple who each get a "Pointless" trophy, choose a topic from four subjects in the final & that topic contains three sections where contestants have to find a pointless answer. The topic was the year 1966. The last section was "Artists who had a UK number 1 hit single in 1966." The contestants failed on their first 2 choices, but guessed at the Troggs for their final answer. It won them £1250.

The presenter read out all the other pointless answers, & of course the list included Jim Reeves! Jim's fan's would no doubt have been hollering "Jim Reeves & Distant drums" at their television screens!!

 

3 NOVEMBER 2015
 

THE  28th R.O.P.E. GOLDEN BANQUET AWARD SHOW

On October 3, the 28th R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) Golden Banquet Awards Show was held in Nashville. Smiley Roberts was given an Award in the category "Musician". Other award winners were Entertainer - Moe Bandy, D. J. - Eddie Stubbs; Business - Dallas Frazier and Songwriter - Tommy Cash. Famous Grand Ole Opry photographer Les Leverett presented D.J. of the year award, who turned out to be his good friend, Eddie Stubbs. Mr. Srubbs could not be there because he was in the middle of celebrating the Opry's 90th Birthday.

Smiley Roberts, who is well known steel guitar player, used to be a DJ. and in 1956 once interviewed Jim Reeves. I interviewed Smiley about his memories of Jim Reeves in Nashville, in November 2001. That interview got published in an issue of the fan club magazine. Smiley's interview got released on at least 2 CD albums, one of them is on the 2 CD album "GENTLEMAN JIM", issued on the Double Gold Records label. The album contains Jim's ABBOTT and FABOR records. This may have caused confusion with the producer who swapped Smiley's last name with that of Abbott recording star Smiley Burnette.

26 OCTOBER 2015

ONLINE SEARCH IN US COPYRIGHT CATALOG 1978 TO PRESENT  

It is now possible to do online research in the US copyright catalog from 1978 to present. Just put the name 'Jim Reeves' or the name of one his songs in the "Find this" box and click on the  relevent "find results" line; "Title", "Name", or "Keyword" and  click on submit.  

Click here to go to the online copyright catalog. 

With thanks to senior Jim Reeves discographer Kurt Rokitta.

 

24 OCTOBER 2015

ISSUE No. 143 OF THE FAN CLUB MAGAZINE 

Issue No. 143 of the fan club magazine has been printed and will be mailed this weekend. We're celebrating our 40th anniversary with articles about  two BFN/BFBS/BBC recording sessions of 1963 and 1964 in which Jim Reeves was interviewed, and introduces some of his records.  Some of the information in the articles you may possibly have read in previous issues of the fan club magazine and in books, but we've augmented and corrected previously published stories.

 

13 OCTOBER 2015

HAPPY 88TH BIRTHDAY ANITA KERR!

Anita Jean Grilli , also known  as Anita Kerr, was born on 13 October 1927.  Anita Kerr and her vocal group the Anita Kerr Singers performed on many hits of Jim Reeves and other Nashville artists.

Surprisingly, The Anita Kerr Singers have never been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Dottie Dillard's greatest wish, to see the Anita Kerr Singers inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during her life, was never fulfilled.

Another famous Nashville vocal group, The Jordanaires, consisting of  members Hugh Gordon Stoker, Neal Mathews Jr., Hoyt Hawkins, and Ray Walker,  was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

9 OCTOBER 2015

CHANGES TO STREAMING  OF TOM PERRYMAN'S KKUS - ´THE RANCH' RADIO PROGRAM ON THE INTERNET


Jack Benner, Senior Sales/Marketing Professional Alpha Media USA (East Texas) reported: "We just received word from our management team that Alpha Media stations will no longer “stream” internationally. If you have a United States IP address, streaming will continue. If not, you will no longer be able to listen to our stations on the internet.

Alpha Media acknowledges and appreciates our many world-wide listeners but it has just become too cost prohibitive to continue at this."

This website published about this change of policy a year ago, it is surprising that it took almost a year for implementation. We know there are quite a few non American Jim Reeves fans who were listening to Tom Perryman's weekdays only - program on KKUS, who will miss it.

 

8 OCTOBER 2015

50TH ANNIVERSARY RCA STUDIO A


On Saturday October 3, 2015 RCA Studio A celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Festivities included live music, and memorabilia of Chet Atkins on display. Chet helped found this famous studio. The
groundbreaking ceremony took place on the morning of Friday July 31, 1964...

A year ago, a developer announced plans to demolish the building and replace it with condos and a restaurant. A "Save Studio A" movement was founded which resulted in acquiring the property in order to protect it, in December 2014.

 

3 OCTOBER 2015

HAL WILLIS, ONE OF THE COMPOSERS OF "DON'T TELL ME" DIES AT 82


Hal Willis, born Leonald Frances Gauthier in Quebec, Canada, died in a Nashville hospital on September 4, 2015. Hal was the widower of Ginger Willis, who died in October 2003.

Hal and his wife were a singer/ songwriting team and wrote many hits for famous Nashville artists. Jim Reeves recorded the song "Don't tell me" for his "According to my heart" album on July 18,1956. On the same session he recorded his composition "Am I Losing You" for the first time. The credits for this song not only lists Hal and Ginger Willis, but also those of Jim Reeves and Vernon Dee.

In 2008 I interviewed Hal Willis a few times by telephone. We'll publish the parts in which he spoke about Jim Reeves in a future issue of the fan club magazine.

27 SEPTEMBER  2015

JIM REEVES SELECTED AS "JUKEBOX HERO"

Jim Reeves has been selected as "JUKEBOX HERO" in the current issue of the Dutch bi-monthly magazine JUKEBOX, dedicated to, not surprisingly, jukeboxes.

The current issue contains 5 pages about Jim Reeves,  Jim's tour bus "BIG BLUE", and the AMI G Jukebox.  Gerard van der Linden is responsible for the Jim Reeves articles in that magazine, which has 5000 subscribers.

www.jukeboxfanaat.nl

23 SEPTEMBER  2015

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW A JIM REEVES SONG IS DOING IN THE iTUNES TOP 100?

A Belgium hobbyist made a  script to search for the positions of Jim Reeves' songs in the Top 100 of  iTunes in various countries, in English.

To go to the search script - click  here

 

 

20 SEPTEMBER  2015

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES PERFORMED AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY ON SATURDAY JULY 7th, 1956?

  To read about it - click  here

 

18 SEPTEMBER  2015

SEVEN JIM REEVES SONGS IN DUTCH RADIO EVERGREEN TOP 1000 CHARTS

Dutch Radio5 Nostalgia radio station will broadcast the 2015 edition of "Evergreen Top 1000 " from Monday September 21, 2015 till Friday September 26, 2015. 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 935 - Blue boy (1958), to be played on September 21, between 10.00 - 11.00 hours
Number 698 - Bimbo (1954), to be played on September 22, between 12.00 - 13.00 hours
Number 259 - Welcome to my world (1964)), to be played on September 24, between 14.00 - 15.00 hours
Number 160 - I won't forget you (1961), to be played on September 25, between 08.00 - 09.00 hours
Number 78 - Adios amigo (1964), to be played on September 25, between 13.00 - 14.00 hours
Number 40 - He'll have to go (1960), to be played on September 25, between 16.00 - 17.00 hours
Number 36 - I love you because (1964) , to be played on 25, between 16.00 - 17.00 hours
Number 26 - Distant drums (1966) , to be played on September 25, between 17.00 - 18.00 hours
All times are in Central European Time.

You can listen to Radio5 Nostalgia on the web here .    

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

A SPECIAL REQUEST PLAYED ON RADIO BY TOM PERRYMAN

Last week Tom Perryman received a request from a British Jim Reeves fan who, earlier in the week,  was looking through a copy of BILLBOARD from SEPTEMBER 13th 1952 - (exactly 63 years ago  that weekend,) when he came across the following; "TOM PERRYMAN, KSIJ GLADEWATER, EMCEED THE FIDDLING CONTEST AT BIG SANDY, TEXAS".

He discovered that Big Sandy is 10 miles or so from Gladewater, and that it was the birthplace of
those famous East Texas fiddle player brothers - BIG RED HAYES & LITTLE HAYES.

Would you believe that in just over 4 months after that weekend, at KWKH in Shreveport, Jim Reeves was recording the song "MEXICAN JOE," and who should be the fiddle player on the session, but no  other than Big Red Hayes. The British fan would be very grateful if Tom could play that song for him  on Friday, September 11th.

Tom couldn't remember that contest, but did remember one in Gilmer, Texas (14 miles NE of Big Sandy.) However, he did remember the skating rink and lake at Big Sandy. Unfortunately the memory of 88 year old Tom is not what it used to be; he couldn't remember what he ate for breakfast that  morning. At that age, the short term memory is usually poor, but the long term memory is less  affected. Tom's long term memory about  a fiddle contest in Gilmer is spot on.  The Annual East Texas Yamboree Fiddle Contest has been held every year in Gilmer since 1935.  Held in October, this year's "YAMBOREE" will mark the 78th.  You might be thinking "YAMBOREE" is a spelling mistake - it isn't!   It's an East Texas Harvest Festival celebrating the YAM!!

Tom played his request for "Mexican Joe" on Friday September 11th, giving the song a generous 3 minute introduction.

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

RUTH GRAMMER DIES AT AGE 88

 A member of the family of Ruth Burzynski Grammer, reported to us that  she had died on September 6, 2015. She  was the widow of guitarist Billy Grammer, who was a country music singer and accomplished guitar player, and member of the Grand Ole Opry. Billy also manufactured and sold guitars which are collector's items now.

Ruth was a member of Rend City Baptist Church, Illinois where she and Billy were married in 1944. Last Sunday, she was seated in a pew in church, when the pastor came by, took her hand, and talked with her. She spoke softly, then collapsed to one side, and died. Ruth will be buried at Rend City Baptist Church, today at 2 p.m.

The fan club sent condolences to the Grammer family.  It seems like yesterday that we talked to Ruth on the phone on several occasions, and published an interview with her in the fan club magazine, two years ago. 

 

10 SEPTEMBER 2015

JIM REEVES  FAN CLUB 40th ANNIVERSARY MEETING

 On Sunday November 8, we'll have a fan club meeting in Hilversum, The Netherlands, celebrating our 40th anniversary. Special guest will be Henk Brederode.

If you would like to attend the meeting and enjoy a wonderful afternoon among other enthusiastic European Jim Reeves  fans and wish to receive details about the meeting, please contact us for details.

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2015

Eric Church received the Jim Reeves International Award onstage during the 9th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 1, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eric Church has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Alan Jackson, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Rascal Flatts among others.

 

29 AUGUST 2015

THE CASE OF A LONG LOST LETTER

In 1994, British fan club member Frank Ayres wrote: "Whilst I was looking through my files I cam across the following letter which I had misplaced or assumed I had lost and which I thought would be of interest to all you Jim Reeves fans."

Click here to  read more about it.

 

28 AUGUST 2015

JIM REEVES GOSPEL ALBUM RELEASED IN 1998 RIDES STILL HIGH IN THE AMAZON BEST SELLERS RANK


The JIM REEVES 20 GOSPEL FAVOURITES released in 1998 stays continuously in the top 15 in the AMAZON'S SOUTHERN GOSPEL BEST SELLERS RANK. It is currently at the 8th position. It is believed to be the best selling Jim Reeves album on Amazon. It ranks #3,963 in music.

Other Jim Reeves gospel are listed below:
Take My Hand Precious Lord-29 Sacred Songs Import 2014, Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,866 in Music
We Thank Thee Extra tracks, Import 1995, Amazon Best Sellers Rank:#54,381 in Music
A Beautiful Life, Songs of Inspiration (2014), Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,474 in Music
The New Gospel Recordings (2015), Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,061 in Music

25 AUGUST 2015

PERSOONLIJKE VERHALEN IN DE NALATENSCHAP - ZELDZAME SINGELS VAN JIM REEVES


Op donderdag 27 augustus om 18.55 uur is er weer een aflevering te zien van "De Nalatenschap" bij MAX op NPO2.
 

U kunt er  hier  meer over lezen.

On Thursday August 27 Dutch TV will transmit an episode of a series about people who leave their estate to good causes after they have died. This episode features the estate of a woman who left it all to  a Kidney Foundation. People who knew her are being interviewed about her life. After discovering some Jim Reeves 45 rpm records in her estate, Hendrik Waringa, a Dutch singer who once was labelled as the Dutch Jim Reeves, sang Jim Reeves songs at fan club meetings in the 1960s, remembers her.

That fan club attracted all kinds of country music fans and spread the seeds for Bluegrass music, and various country music periodicals  in the Low Countries. Back then fans were more interested in the music of the artists, than their private lives.  

 

24 AUGUST 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN SOUTH AFRICA; IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 1964, TEAL RECORDS  SOLD SO MANY COPIES OF A PARTICULAR JIM REEVES ALBUM, THEY RAN OUT OF THE REGULAR LP COVERS AND HAD TO SUBSTITUTE AN AUSTERITY ONE? 

To read about it - click  here

23 AUGUST 2015

A CLIFFORD HERRING RECORDING STUDIO ACETATE

A decade ago, I acquired an acetate disc from the former Jim Reeves estate, at an Ebay auction.

  To read about it - click  here

 

22 AUGUST 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES PERFORMED AT THE VFW IN ALICE, TEXAS ON AUGUST 31,1955?

  To read about it - click  here

 

21 AUGUST 2015

HOW RCA (UK) PERFORMED A MIRACLE TO AN OLD SCRATCHY COVER OF AN OLD JIM REEVES ALBUM

 In the 1980s I was invited twice to co-operate with the release of an album which contained released and unreleased Jim Reeves' recordings which RCA Victor had acquired from Abbott Records. The project would have been released by the low budget PICKWICK label, but Mary Reeves objected and demanded that the album should be released by RCA (UK) instead.

These tracks, dating from the beginning of Jim's career, were, at that time, like the Holy Grail to many of Jim Reeves' fans, who had longed to see them released for years.

33 Years later the release of these tracks, seems almost irrelevant due to the flooding of the market with tens, if not hundreds of unreleased and "new" material during the past decade.

I travelled to London for the project twice and loaned them my copy of the ABBOTT LP "JIM REEVES SINGS". They used it to re-create the art work for the cover of "The Abbott Recordings, volume 1".

To appreciate their magnificent work we publish a picture of the front cover of the ABBOTT album and a test printing of the RCA sleeves  here .

 

20 AUGUST 2015

HAPPY  92nd BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Today would have been  Jim Reeves' 92nd Birthday.  To celebrate it we share a never before published drawing of Jim Reeves with you, and post some other items at the weekend, so why don't you bookmark this web page? 

 You can view the drawing  here .
 

18 AUGUST 2015

JIM REEVES' MOVIE KIMBERLEY JIM TO BE SCREENED IN TYLER, TEXAS on AUGUST 21

The August 13 edition of the "Tyler Morning Telegraph" reported that in honour of Jim Reeves, "Kimberley Jim", the only movie he appeared in, will be screened at LIBERTY HALL in Tyler, Texas on Friday August 21.


"Reeves grew up in the small town of Galloway near Carthage before hitting it big as a singer and occasional actor. He is best known for his hits “Make the World Go Away” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” He died in a plane crash in 1964.

Tom Perryman, a friend and colleague of Reeves, will speak at the viewing. This event is being sponsored by The Ranch, KKUS 104.1 and Perryman, a longtime radio personality at the radio station.

“The movie ‘Kimberley Jim’ was a huge success in South Africa where Jim was a superstar,” Perryman said in a prepared statement. “I’m proud to share my memories of Jim and the talented man that he was. He died too soon.”

Tickets cost $7 and can be bought through the venue’s website LibertyTyler.com or at the door."

The journalist did not do his homework right, and probably never knew about the big hits of Jim Reeves:   "Mexican Joe",  "Bimbo", "Four walls",  and "He'll have to go".  

 

17 AUGUST 2015

THE FIRST IRISH BALLROOM IN WHICH JIM REEVES APPEARED IN, BURNED DOWN

Irish fan club member James Reddiough, author of the booklet "JIM REEVES - TOUR OF IRELAND 1963" reported the first Ballroom in which Jim Reeves appeared in Ireland, The Oyster ballroom in Dromkeen, Co. Limerick, burned down on the 16th August 2015 at 3am.

Reeves opened his Irish tour there on the 30 May 1963 and a large crowd was there to greet him and the Blue Boys and to hear him. The historic show band venue was  once the largest ballroom in the south during the 1960s and 1970s. 

The premises were later used by "The Furniture Man" store. An estimated €500.000 (approximate $554.000) worth of furniture stock was destroyed by the fire.

 

16 AUGUST 2015

JOYCE JACKSON TALKED ABOUT JIM REEVES ON WKAM RADIO 
 

On August 12, 2015 Joyce Jackson talked about Jim Reeves with Hooper Inman on WKAM, Franklin, Tennessee for an hour. It was nice to hear Joyce's daughter, Joy, phone in to her mother during the program. Joy is married to  a son of James Kirkland, who was once a member of Jim Reeves' Blue Boys. Joyce Jackson, together with Tom Perryman, is one of the persons who knew Jim Reeves on a personal and professional basis, and can be considered to be one of the knowledgeable, trustworthy, and authoritative sources on Jim Reeves. Several fans expressed the wish to hear more from Joyce about Jim on radio.

 

12 AUGUST 2015

JOYCE JACKSON WILL TALK ABOUT JIM REEVES ON WKAM-AM RADIO TODAY
 

On August 12, 2015 at 1PM CDT (20:00 hours CET), Joyce Jackson will talk about Jim Reeves with Hooper Inman on WKAM-AM  for an hour. WKAM-AM  is a local radio station in Franklin, Tn. and transmits at 950 AM, and on the internet.

You can listen to the station here .

 

11 AUGUST 2015

TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL INDUCTION 2015
 

On August 8, 2015 the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame in Carthage, Texas inducted Terry Byrd in their COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

In 1998 Jim Reeves, together with Tex Ritter, Willie Nelson, Gene Autrey, Cindy Walker, and Joe Allison were inducted in to it.

Neither Mary Reeves, his widow, who took care of Jim's musical legacy and business after his death, or Bea Terry, who handled Jim's Public Relations in the mid 1950s, has been inducted yet.

Perhaps publication of Ms. Terry's long awaited biography in possibly 2023, 9 years from now, co-inciding with the Centennial Birthday of Jim Reeves, would be of great help to achieve it.
 

10 AUGUST 2015

BRITISH JIM REEVES 45 rpm RECORD FETCHES $677.61 AT AN EBAY AUCTION!
 

Yesterday a British 45 rpm record was auctioned on ebay at an astonishing price of near $678.
It is probably the most expensive Jim Reeves 45 rpm record, at least in the British Isles. Does this
record contain a rare recording, not to be found elsewhere, or an autograph of the performing artist?  No, this is the very first pressing of the Jim Reeves recordings of "Mexican Joe" / " I Could Cry" on  the British LONDON label. ( HL-8030).

This was Jim Reeves's second release in the UK The 78 rpm was released in April 1954, the 45 rpm
one in October 1954.
Jim's first UK record "Bimbo" / "Gypsy Heart" (HL-8014), was released in March 1954 on a 78 rpm, and also in October 1954 on 45 rpm platter.

Both records have labels printed with gold lettering and Tri-Centre and are extremely rare and
difficult to find.  Interestingly, Jim's second hit in The States was his first record to be released in the UK.


You can learn more about the LONDON AMERICAN label here .
 

7 AUGUST 2015

JIM REEVES GOSPEL ALBUM HAS REACHED THE NUMBER 1 POSITION IN THE  AMAZON BEST SELLERS CHARTS TODAY!


The UK JIM REEVES CD album "20  GOSPEL FAVOURITES, released in 1998,  climbed to the number 1 spot in the US Amazon Southern Gospel Best Sellers Chart at 11.00 hours CET! It is wonderful that a Jim Reeves sacred album reached the top position of a chart,  51 years after the death of the artist.

The "other" album dropped from position 15 it had reached earlier this morning, to position 19.

The "20 Gospel Favourites" album is doing fine on the UK Amazon Nashville Sound chart.  It is on the number 15 position this morning.

The "other" album, although produced and manufactured in the UK, is not to be found on the UK Amazon website (yet).

6 AUGUST 2015

JIM REEVES GOSPEL ALBUM RIDING EVEN HIGHER IN AMAZON BEST SELLERS CHARTS


The UK JIM REEVES CD album "20  GOSPEL FAVOURITES, released in 1998,  is riding high on the US Amazon Best Sellers Charts.  At 19:00 hours CET today the score was No. 7 (16) in Southern Gospel, No. 14 (30) in Country & Bluegrass, and No. 42 (79) in Gospel. Yesterday's score is within brackets. Since we mentioned this album on this website, yesterday, there has been a lot of publicity regarding this album on the internet. Will it reach the Number One spot? It may well do it . The album has 112 reviews, the best of them headlines: "Mother was right!"  

Click here to  go to the album on the US Amazon website.

A recently released Gospel album, a "limited collector's edition",  is hovering at around yesterday's positions.... Does it mean only a pre-set limited number has been pressed, or for a limited period of time, say 3 months, or perhaps 10 years?
 

4 AUGUST 2015

JIM REEVES GOSPEL ALBUM RIDING HIGH IN AMAZON BEST SELLERS CHARTS


I wonder if the casual visitor to the American Amazon website noticed that an imported Jim Reeves gospel album is riding high in the Amazon Best Sellers Charts? At 19:00 hours CET today the score was No. 16 in Southern Gospel, No. 30 in Country & Bluegrass, and No. 79 in Gospel.

These charts are being updated every hour and reflect the sale of a particular album on the US Amazon web shop.

That particular Jim Reeves album contains the favourite songs of many fans. It is surprising it sells more copies than a recent album with so called "new recordings", and a supposed to be better sound quality.

It is more surprising to learn that this particular album was released by BMG (UK)  in 1998, 17 years ago! It is called JIM REEVES 20 GOSPEL FAVOURITES. 

The scores for the "newer" album were at the same time: No. 30 at Southern Gospel, No. 62 in Country & Bluegrass, and No. 205 in Gospel.

What does that tell you? It says that these original recordings are more favoured by the record buying public than any new ones. But I guess many of us knew that already.
 

2 AUGUST 2015

51ST ANNIVERSARY JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTE BY TOM PERRYMAN ON KKUS RADIO, ON JULY 31st

On July 31st, Tom Perryman, friend and business associate of,  and an authority on Jim Reeves, played a fine tribute to Jim Reeves by playing Jim's records and telling stories about him for most of his two hour radio program, last Friday.  I had asked him to  play  Jim's record "ADIOS AMIGO" for members of the fan club, and he fulfilled my request. He did tell some stories about Jim he had not told before.  When Jim's original recording contract was to expire, Jim had in mind to sign with Decca, but Tom persuaded him to talk to RCA first, resulting in  a better contract with RCA for Jim. Can you imagine what songs Jim might have and might have not recorded, if he had changed labels?

Imagine if Tom Perryman had joined Leo Jackson, Joyce Jackson, and some of his Nashville friends,  in writing a book on Jim Reeves, after Mary Reeves' death, what previously unknown stories and facts they would have come up with..... 

 

1 AUGUST 2015

A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES

 BY MYRTLE MATTIS

Click here to  read it.

 

31 JULY 2015

SINGER LYNN ANDERSON DIES AST AGE 67

Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic recording “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” died last night of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy. She was 67 years old.

Click here to  read more about it.

 

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 51 years ago the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel ended when their single engined Beechraft Debonair crashed in Brentwood, TN, a few miles from the Nashville airport.  Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today.

Click here to  view the UPDATED pictures.

 

30 JULY 2015

 51ST ANNIVERSARY IRISH JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTES

LMFM Radio, located in Drogheda, County Louth, will   remember Jim Reeves  on the Daire Nelson Show tomorrow.  Daire Nelson will do a 10 to 15 minute spot about Jim. It will be broadcast about 12:40 local time. (13:40 CET)

  One can listen to LMFM on the internet here.

 

Fan club member James Reddiough reported  on July 27th,  Paul Claffey played a few songs of  Jim Reeves records on MID WEST RADIO,  which is located in Mayo, Co. Mayo. Listeners texted with their own personal recollections, like the man, now deceased, who wrote to Mary Reeves for many years. People wished to find out about Jim and requested songs. Nice to see that Jim Reeves is well remembered here is the West where he played in 1963 on his tour.


You may be able to tune in on midwestradio.ie podcast the mid Morning Show with Paul Claffey for the 27th July 2015.

 

28 JULY 2015

 51ST ANNIVERSARY US JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTES

We learned about two American radio programs which will remember the 51st anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel on July 31st.
 
Bucks Braun acknowledged  that he and Don Streeter will present a Jim Reeves tribute on  CLASSIC COUNTRY RADIO  from 6 AM EDT to Noon EDT (12.00 to 18.00 hours CET).
 
Tom Perryman reported he doesn't usually do anything special  about Jim in his EAST TEXAS CLASSIC COUNTRY RADIO - THE RANCH KKUS   program on July 31st, he usually saves that for Jim's Birthday, August 20th.  On July 31st, sometime between 9 AM CDT till 11 AM CDT ( 16.00 to 18.00 hours CET), Tom  will  remember Jim Reeves in his program.  
 

 

21 JULY 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE STAFF WHO PREPARED THE PROGRAMS FOR THE SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW DID  NOT ALWAYS DO THEIR HOME WORK?
 

To read about it - click  here

 

15 JULY 2015

TRAGEDY STRUCK LEO JACKSON'S FAMILY AGAIN

Mr. Ronnie Light, a well-known Nashville recording engineer  and  producer, and also a  long time friend of the Jackson family, sent us this report:

"Leo Jackson, Jim Reeves’ guitar player and a studio musician who played on hits by Alabama and many others, committed suicide on May 4, 2008.

Tragedy struck again Sunday night, July 12th when Leo’s 49 year-old son, also named Leo Jackson, died of an apparent suicide. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI)  is still investigating his death.

Tonight, I talked to Nell Jackson, Leo’s mother, and she asked me to get word out about visitation and services for Leo.


Visitation will be: Thursday, July 16th from 10 am to 8 pm at
Hendersonville Memory Gardens & Funeral Home
353 Johnny Cash Pkwy.
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 824-3855
 

Services will be at Friday, July 17th at 12 pm and will
be officiated by Reverend Jimmy Snow, son of the late Hank Snow, at
Hendersonville Memory Gardens & Funeral Home
353 Johnny Cash Pkwy.
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 824-3855


I’ve been asked about Dallas Jackson, Leo’s 21 year-old son and Nell and Leo’s grandson, who suffered blunt force trauma to the face and was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital. He is recovering.

Please keep Nell Jackson in your thoughts and prayers. She lost her husband to suicide in 2008 and has now lost her only son to an apparent suicide."

Mr. Ronnie Light's report included a link  to a news item on local television.

The fan club  sent Mrs. Nell Jackson a card with condolences.

8 JULY 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN SEPTEMBER OF 1954 BUCK SMITH AND MARY ROBISON WERE BUSY SETTING UP FALL TOUR DATES?

 Did you know that in September of 1954, Buck Smith (West Coast promoter) and Mary Robison (wife of Fabor Robison) were busy setting up Fall tour dates?

  To read about it - click  here

 

1 JULY 2015

A REFLECTION BY TOM PERRYMAN MADE ON HIS KKUS PROGRAM

Tom Perryman recently mentioned in his program that if he had know that radio station KEBE, Jacksonville, Texas was for sale in 1958, he and Jim Reeves probably would have bought KEBE,  instead of KRGI, Henderson, Texas.

Tom Peryman started his long broadcasting career at KEBE, Jacksonville in 1947 and moved to KSIJ, Gladewater in 1949 and WSM, Nashville in 1956 where he left in 1958. Perryman then became General Manager and partner with Jim Reeves at KGRI AM/FM, Henderson, TX. Jim Reeves started his broadcasting career at KRGI, Henderson in 1947 and left in 1951.


Both Tom and his wife of almost 69 years Billie, received Certificates of Appreciation for Promotion of Events in Jacksonville Texas and Cherokee County during his live radio program, last Monday June 29th.

 

23 JUNE 2015

PATSY CLINE RETURNS VIA HOLOGRAM  USA

BECOMING THE FIRST COUNTRY LEGEND TO RETURN TO STAGE VIA HOLOGRAM - WHEN WILL JIM REEVES  RETURN?


On June 22, 2015 HOLGRAM USA sent out a news report from Beverly Hills, CA: "Hologram USA and the Estate of Patsy Cline announced a partnership to create a hologram of Patsy Cline using HUSA’s patented technology. The hologram will be the heart of a full concert performance, with commentary, audience interaction and appearances by present day A-list talent, launching in 2016. The deal was approved and signed by Cline’s widower Charles Dick and Gary Shoefield, Executive Producer and Senior Vice President at Hologram USA."

“We debuted our hologram technology to the Country music world with Jimmy Kimmel at the Country Music Awards. Now Patsy Cline will demonstrate how we can bring all the warmth and virtuosity of a true icon back for new audiences,” said Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA. “We chose Patsy as our first Country hologram project, and our first female hologram project, for a reason: she was a pioneer who influenced generations of singers around the globe.”

"Cline was a pioneering Country star who elevated the genre by being one of the first acts to cross over from the Country to Pop charts and into the mainstream; her larger than life personality and one of a kind voice made her one of the first female headliners in the genre and the first woman to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The show will include such hits as, “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.” Since her tragic death in an airplane crash in 1963 she continued to be one of the top catalog artists for UMusic/MCA/Decca with record sales in excess of 25 million copies. She has also been honored with a U.S. postage stamp, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Grammy Award and was the subject of a feature movie starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris."

"Charles Dick commented on behalf of the family: “We are very glad to share Patsy and her music with this new technology and format and honored by Hologram USA’s choice to have her as the first. I am sure her fans, old and new, will be thrilled.”

Hologram USA is part of Alki David’s Anakando Media Group and it holds the patent to what The Hollywood Reporter recently called “a billion dollar business.” The company was featured on Good Morning America as the only United States provider of the innovative MDH technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella and which HUSA and its partners used to help Narendra Modi become Prime Minister of India. High profile lawsuits with Fox and others have settled and major studios such as NBCU and ABC are now partnering with HUSA to license the technology.

Patsy Cline joins an exciting roster of deceased celebrities that HUSA has licensed from their respective estates including Liberace, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, and many more from the fields of music, comedy and sports. FilmOn Networks, recently named by Forbes magazine as the No. 1 game changer in the television industry, will host the Internet broadcast of the Patsy Cline hologram show via its ETV.com pay-per-view platform, and the content will be digitally distributed via MondoTunes, the largest digital music distributor in the world. Hologram USA, ETV, FIlmOn and MondoTunes are all owned by Alki David’s Anakando Media Group. "
 

Perhaps in eight years, when we'll celebrate the 100th Birthday of Jim Reeves, there will be a chance we will  see the return of Jim Reeves to the stage and will  enjoy  a  "live" performance, for many the very first live performance they've seen. 

Please note that Patsy once again  had a "first" compared to Jim Reeves:  a comprehensive biography, a musical about her life, and a movie about her life.

 

18 JUNE 2015

THE FUNERAL OF SINGER JIM ED BROWN 

 

I asked  famous former Grand Ole Opry photographer Les Leveritt about the funeral of Jim Ed Brown, which took place on Monday June 15. He replied: "I drove downtown Monday for the memorial service for Jim Ed Brown at the Ryman Auditorium. It started at ten and lasted about an hour and a half. I saw lots of old friends in the audience. Tom & Billie Perryman sat in the pew right across from me. We were probably on the fourth row. I think every seat in the place was filled. The balcony was closed off. Lots of entertainers sang. They were: The Oak Ridge Boys, Jeannie Seely, Crystal Gayle, Craig Morgan, Brenda Lee, Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, Lang Scott, Linda Davis and Hillary Scott, The Gatlin Brothers, The Issacs, and Lady Antebellum. The pastor of Jim Ed's church, Sam Boyd, officiated. Others that spoke were: Colin Reed, Pete Fisher, and Bob Whitaker."

"It was a beautiful service, as good as I have ever witnessed. Standing out in the hot sun awaiting an entrance, I shook and hugged a lot of dear friends. The line was extremely long, with hundreds of people."

Read more about and view video footage of the funeral at the links below:
 

JIM ED BROWN'S 'LIFE IN HARMONY' CELEBRATED AT FUNERAL ( NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN)

  FUNERAL FOR JIM ED BROWN HELD AT RYMAN AUDITORIUM (WSMV)

 

12 JUNE 2015 - UPDATED

DUTCH DEEJAY "COWBOY" GERARD DE VRIES DIES AT AGE 81

Dutch D.J. Gerard de Vries died last Thursday, June 11, at age 81. Gerard was very instrumental in promoting country and western music in the Low Countries. In the early sixties, he presented a country and western radio program on  pirate radio station RADIO VERONICA, based on a ship anchored off the coast of the The Hague, The Netherlands. Gerard used to have a weekly 30 minute  program in which he played Jim Reeves records exclusively.

When broadcasting from that ship became illegal, he commenced working on a weekly  country music program on  TROS RADIO for many more years. For a number of years in the late 1970s he invited this fan club representative to his program, to be interviewed and play rare recordings.   For a number of years, at the anniversary of Jim's death,  he played an interview he had done with Mary Reeves in Nashville.   

Gerard de Vries had recorded some country and western records too. One of his most popular records is "ODE TO JIM REEVES", a Dutch translation of Larry Cunningham's recording of "Tribute to Jim Reeves"        

 

SINGER JIM ED BROWN  DIES AT  AGE 81

 

JIM ED BROWN,  a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1963 and a 2015 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Thursday at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin. He was 81. Earlier this year Jim Ed announced he was suffering from lung cancer but after treatment reported to be free of cancer. His daughter Kim recently sent out a message that her father was ill with cancer again.

Jim Ed Brown and his sisters were part of a trio called "The Browns". They recorded for Fabor Robison's FABOR record label. They toured together with Jim Reeves and others on "The String Music Music Show". Jim Ed later moved to Nashville and recorded for RCA.  Jim Ed and his sisters were close friends to Jim and Mary Reeves.

I met and interviewed Jim Ed Brown, Stonewall Jackson, and a few other oldies who knew Jim Reeves when they toured Northern Ireland a couple of years ago. During the performance Jim Ed mentioned he was interviewed by me for the fan club magazine prior to the show, and asked me to stand up. The result was we enrolled a dozen of  new members. I'm very happy that I have a tape recording of that show.

We offer our sympathy to the relatives of Jim Ed.

 

9 JUNE 2015

A BIT OF TRIVIA ON THE SONG "WILD ROSE".

Tom Perryman, who was a friend and business partner of Jim and Mary Reeves, recently played the record "Wild Rose" by Jim Reeves, and told his listeners a bit of trivia on the song.

The song was written by Cindy Walker. Jim had sung the song to Tom and his wife, as he unusually did before recording a song or album. Tom told Jim he would get more plays if he took the word "Honky-tonk" out and put the word "Rendezvous" in, so he did.
 

After Jim had recorded the song and it was released, Cindy asked Tom why Jim had changed the words.  He never did tell her.
 

3 JUNE 2015

DID YOU KNOW IN 1956 THE WSM'S ARTIST SERVICE BUREAU ADVERTISED "THE JIM REEVES OPRY PACKAGE SHOW"?

  To read about it - click  here

 

23 MAY  2015

HANS SOMMER SINGS JIM REEVES TRIBUTE : "WELCOME TO MY WORLD"

A new Jim Reeves tribute by Hans Sommer. He sings 'Welcome to my World'. Hans writes: "Every day the news of the world rumbles over us. Nowadays it is so much that it flattens our feelings. And if we do feel something... it is mostly for just a short while.. Full heads, empty hearts? Look around you.. and I mean REALLY look. There are people hiding themselves in sorrow, pain and fear... Reach out for them, pull them to your heart and say: WELCOME TO MY WORLD."

  To view it on Youtube - click  here

17 MAY  2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT BOTH JIM REEVES AND CHARLENE ARTHUR VISITED KCFH RADIO, CUORE, TX.  ON THE SAME DAY IN APRIL 1955?

   To read about it - click  here

 

8 MAY  2015

DOTTIE DILLARD, FORMER MEMBER OF THE ANITA KERR QUARTET,  HAS DIED AGED 91

With sadness we report the death of Dorothy "Dottie" Ann Dillard  on May 6, 2015, aged 91.  She was member of the Anita Kerr Quartet, and her voice could be heard on many Jim Reeves records and some live performances.  

Dottie had some very pleasant memories on the 1964 European tour. I had the pleasure of interviewing her about that tour three years ago. After a few months she became a good friend of the den Dulk family, and  regular  phone calls were made. When Dottie did not answer the phone for a week last February, enquiries were made as to what might have happened to her. She'd been taken to a hospital after hurting herself when she fell at home. After a few weeks she was transferred to a nursing home. We stayed in touch by phone until two weeks ago. 

Dottie was a  very charming woman. It was great to talk to her and exchange stories and facts about her life and career. These memories will be used in future articles in the magazine.   She'll be sadly missed by her relatives and her many friends.       

To read her orbituary - click  here  (with thanks to Gerard van der Linden)

To watch the 'DOTTIE DILLARD - A LIFETIME OF SONG'  program on Ozark Public TV -  click  here

 

4 MAY  2015

ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF  LEO JACKSON

Today, May 4th, 2015 it is the seventh 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.

2 MAY  2015

ISSUE # 141 OF THE FAN CLUB MAGAZINE HAS BEEN MAILED TO MEMBERS


Issue # 141 of the fan club magazine has been mailed to the members of the fan club last week. The main article in it deals with the 1954 CHRISTMAS TOUR in which Jim Reeves participated. The tour in which Jim participated visited American bases in France and Germany. The sources for the articles are documents, newspaper and magazine articles, and interviews with several of the artists who were on the tour by deejay Bud Wisdom for his radio program BUD'S BANDWAGON. It will be a surprise to many fans to learn that transcription discs of those programs still exist in archives. It is believed to be the first radio interview with Jim Reeves, recorded in Europe. It is possibly the oldest surviving radio interview with Jim Reeves. In it Jim revealed that he tried for success in the Pop field, prior to his success with "Mexican Joe". The text of that interview has been transcribed in full in the article. It is believed the interview has never been commercially released on CD.

 

30 APRIL  2015

BOB SULLIVAN, FORMER RECORDING ENGINEER AT KWKH, HAS DIED AGED 88

Bob Sullivan, former recording engineer of KWKH RADIO, died from a stroke, on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the  St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, aged 88. Bob was the recording engineer on recording sessions of many  Louisiana Hayride artists, including Jim Reeves.  The artists would perform  at the KWKH 'Louisiana Hayride' show  on  a Saturday evening, and then record in the KWKH studio after the radio station closed down at midnight until it got back on the air the next morning.  In the 1960s,  Bob Sullivan was  a recording engineer in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area.

23 APRIL  2015

ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNED LOUISIANA HAYRIDE CONTRACT

A four-page executed contract between Elvis Presley and International Broadcasting Corporation is being auctioned by JULIAN'S LIVE. The starting bid is $15,000, the highest bid is being estimated between $30,000 and $50,000.

The contract was signed September 8, 1955. This was only the second performance contract Presley signed in his career. The contract stated that Presley would perform on the program for 52 consecutive Saturdays beginning on November 12, 1955. Presley performed only 18 of those Saturdays. A letter of authenticity signed by  Joey Kent and  Frank Page, at least a decade ago  is included. After KWKH moved to a new location in 1974, former KWKH announcer Frank Page rescued this and probably other documents, from   the trash heap. It makes one wonder if there were any documents related to Jim Reeves, in that trash heap too, and if any were rescued.  Any Jim Reeves ones up for auction on Ebay lately?  

To visit the auction page  - click  here

 

18 APRIL  2015

DID YOU KNOW AFTER THE DEATH OF JIM REEVES HIS WIDOW MARY RECEIVED LETTERS WITH SNAPSHOTS OF JIM?
 

   To read about it - click  here

 

9 APRIL  2015

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC  JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2015

Eric Church has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Eric Church is proving that modern country music translates across borders, even when his biggest songs reference iconic American imagery like "Springsteen" and "Talladega." The North Carolina native introduced The Outsiders World Tour to Europe in early 2014, sharing his rugged, original music across 12 major markets and thousands of new fans. Church began his ambitious international trek in Dublin, Ireland, with dates following in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; Manchester, United Kingdom; London, England; Amsterdam, Holland; Cologne, Hamburg and Munich, Germany; Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden; and Oslo, Norway. His worldwide legion of fans is known as the Church Choir.

Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Alan Jackson, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Rascal Flatts among others.

The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years where the board feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Industry Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy. Special Awards, Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards are presented to recipients at ACM Honors, a special event held annually in the fall at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

   To read more about the ACM Awards - click  here

 

 

4 APRIL  2015

DID YOU KNOW A SPECIAL JIM REEVES TRIBUTE WAS CONDUCTED BY A NORFOLK RADIO STATION IN OCTOBER 1964?
 

   To read about it - click  here

 

30 MARCH 2015

SANDY COKER TURNS A CORNER


The fan club would like to send its best wishes for a speedy recovery to Sandy Coker after his recent motor accident & hospitalisation.

David Bussey reports that he has been informed by Sandy’s family that he is now “doing much better.”

“Sandy had an accident on a motorbike & got banged up pretty bad. He spent time in hospital & is currently having physical therapy.” His family are currently, jokingly nicknaming him “Evel Knieval.” (the American daredevil motorcyclist who holds the Guinness World Record for the highest number of bone fractures in a lifetime. (433)

Sandy, who David first met in Nashville in 1973, rekindled their friendship 4 years ago thanks to a reconnection brokered by Joyce Jackson. Sandy toured as a 14 year old in 1954 with the Fabor Robison “String Music Show” with Jim Reeves and other Abbott recording artistes. Sandy is enjoying a new found fame due to the latest Bear Family CD release “We’re gonna bop - the Cokers” - the complete Coker Family recordings on Abbott & Decca: 1954 - 57. (BCD 16742 AR)

Our thoughts are with all the Coker family at this difficult & stressful time and we urge Sandy to get well soon & to mind how he goes on that motorbike!

 

28 MARCH 2015

 DID YOU KNOW THAT RAY BAKER RECORDED A SONG WITH A "STRONG FLAVOR OF JIM REEVES" IN 1961?

   To read about it - click  here

 

25 MARCH 2015

 JIM ED BROWN AND THE BROWNS INDUCTED TO THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

The Country Music Association announced three new artists to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Jim Ed Brown and the Browns will be inducted in the Veteran’s Era category. The late Grady Martin will be inducted as a Recording and/or Touring Musician active prior to 1980. 

Jim Ed, and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, knew Jim Reeves from the days they performed at the LOUISIANA HAYRIDE, recorded for the  ABBOTT and FABOR labels, toured together at the Fabor Robison Music String Tour. Later they all went to record for the RCA label and performed at the pinnacle of country music, the GRAND OLE OPRY.  

Grady Martin played on only one Jim Reeves record prior to 1975, a split session with Floyd Cramer on January 30th, 1961. The song recorded was the second version of DANNY BOY,  which replaced an earlier recorded version on the album LSP-2539 TALL TALES AND SHORT TEMPERS.  Grady Martin played on several Jim Reeves RCA overdub recording sessions in the 1970s.

The Oak Ridge Boys will be the 2015 inductee in the Modern Era category. These artists will be inducted during a special Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year.

We congratulate  Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie with their induction into the CMA Hal of Fame.

21 MARCH 2015

 DID YOU KNOW JIM ONCE BOUGHT SOME BAMBOO AND MONKEY POD FURNITURE FOR THE HOME?

    To read about it - click  here

 

14 MARCH 2015

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES RECEIVED THE KEYS TO A CITY IN 1957?

    To read about it - click  here

 

7 MARCH 2015

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES DID A SPOT FOR THE GROUND OBSERVER CORPS?

    To read about it - click  here

 

28 FEBRUARY 2015

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES REFERRED TO  CHET ATKINS AS "THE GREAT CHET ATKINS" ?

To read about it - click  here

 

21 FEBRUARY 2015

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES WAS POPULAR WITH MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES IN THE ORIENT?

To read about it - click  here

 

16 FEBRUARY 2015

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES PROBABLY WAS THE FIRST DJ  WHO PLAYED JOHNNY HORTON'S  SECOND RECORD ON THE CORMAC RECORD LABEL ON AN EAST TEXAS RADIO STATION?

To read about it - click  here

 

14 FEBRUARY 2015

EPISODE 6 OF "THE VELVET VOICE" TO BE BROADCAST ON EXTRA GOLD RADIO TODAY

Tonight, from  21:00 – 22:00 hours CET, Extra Gold Radio will broadcast episode  6 of  "The Velvet Voice".

Tonight's program will continue with the Abbott recordings from "Let me remember", "Spanish violins", "A woman's love...","Your the sweetest thing"," Beating on a ding dong", and "My ramblin' heart", and the title track from the  1981 Ronnie Milsap LP "Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing". The live portion will be a radio broadcast from 1958. 

Tune in on to EXTRA GOLD RADIO here .

 

4 FEBRUARY 2015

 FARON YOUNG  REMEMBERED JIM REEVES ON BBC RADIO 'COUNTRY STYLE' PROGRAM

In the early 1970s Pat Campbell hosted a country music program on the BBC Light program, called "Country Style". In one of the programs Faron Young was the guest. Pat put to him the question: "He was a great man, wasn't he?" to which Faron replied: "One of the greatest. He and I were pretty close. Jim wasn’t that close with too many people in the business. Billy Deaton was a great friend of Jim’s, so was I, but he was just kind of a shy-type person, he didn't really visit a lot, y’know, and I was one of his favorite people. I could always make him laugh, I always cut up, and he’d just laugh at me. Anything I’d say was funny to Jim, for some reason. You’ve seen people like that. And he wouldn’t laugh at no one else, but I was always funny to him". Pat commented: "He [Jim] was a bit of a strange--he was a bit of a semi-recluse, y’know”. Faron agreed: "Yeah, he was shy". Pat continued: "He was shy. This was the thing with Jim, a lot of people didn't understand that. Sometimes, y’know, sometimes they misunderstood." Faron interrupted: "Yeah, he made enemies in a way because of his shyness and I don’t think they understood it. Hank Snow is basically the same. Hank, if you know him, is a great guy, but he’s shy and he tries to stay away from people, and they get the idea he's a big shot, which he really isn’t.”
 

31 JANUARY 2015

 EPISODE 4 OF "THE VELVET VOICE" TO BE BROADCAST ON EXTRA GOLD RADIO TODAY

Tonight, from  21:00 – 22:00 hours CET, Extra Gold Radio will broadcast episode  4 of  "The Velvet Voice".

Tonight's program will continue with the Abbott recordings from Spring and Summer 1953. Among the other songs one will find  a portion of a  Country Music Time Show, and a tribute by Tom Jones.

Tune in on to EXTRA GOLD RADIO here .

24 JANUARY 2015

THIRD EPISODE OF "THE VELVET VOICE" TO BE BROADCAST ON EXTRA GOLD RADIO TODAY

Tonight, from  21:00 – 22:00 hours CET, Extra Gold Radio will broadcast the third episode of  "The Velvet Voice". This weekly program will run a whole year long. The program will have a  mixture of songs in logical order, a tribute, live recordings, overdubbed songs, and  promo’s.

Tonight's program will continue with the Abbott recordings, from  the song "Heartbreaking Baby"  to "Then I'll Stop Loving You". (January and Spring 1953)

Details of the ABBOTT recordings can be found on page 82 of the book which comes with the BEAR FAMILY 16 CD release "WELCOME TO MY WORLD". 

Tune in on to EXTRA GOLD RADIO here .

16 JANUARY 2015

THE WEBSITE WAS DOWN FOR 24 HOURS DUE TO A "TECHICAL DIFFICULTY"

This website was down for almost 24 hours due to a "technical difficulty". I was away from home and could not get it up again until this afternoon. My sincere thanks to all of you who reported the  incident to me.

 

14 JANUARY 2015

NEW BEAR FAMILY RELEASE: ' THE COKERS: "WE'RE GONNA BOP -  The Complete Recordings on Abbott and Decca 1954-1957'

1-CD DigiPac (4-plated) with 76-page booklet, 32 tracks. Total playing time approx. 72 minutes.

"Ranging from hillbilly, to rockabilly, to early pop-country, the Coker recordings are a fascinating snapshot of an era of rapid changes in the world of popular music. Their revved-up collaborations with Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer, Hank Garland and other legendary luminaries of country music are included in this collection, which gathers the family's complete studio output for the first time.  With detailed liner notes by Scott B. Bomar, in-depth biographical details about the Cokers based on several all-new interviews with the family, and a plethora of unseen photos from the Cokers' personal archives."

The liner notes begin with a visit of Jim Reeves and Fabor Robinson to Chester Smith's daily KTRB radio show on February 4, 1953 and how Fabor met the Coker Family.  In February 1955 at a recording session in the Abbott Studio, Escondido Canyon, California, Jim Reeves  recorded a duet with Alvadean Coker: "Are You The One" (Abbott 184).  The disography lists Jim only as "duet vocal" on that session,  there are no documents that could prove or disprove that Jim may have played guitar on two more songs of that session: "We're Gonna Bop" and "Do Dee Oodle Dee Do (I'm In Love)" (Abbott 176).    

Please  click here  to  visit the Bear Family website


TWO BEAR FAMILY ALBUMS NOMINATED FOR  GRAMMY AWARDS 2015

Please  click here  to read more about it

 

7 JANUARY 2015

BASS PLAYER HENRY STRZELECKI  DIES AT AGE 75

On December 22nd, renowned bass player Henry Strzelecki was struck by a car while he was out for a walk.  He had a major head trauma and was in a coma.  He died of his injuries on December 30th in Nashville at age 75 .  

Henry Strzelecki first played bass in a Jim Reeves recording session on June 4, 1961: the songs recorded that day were 'What would you do?', 'Stand at your window' , and 'Somewhere along the line'.

In April 1964 he joined Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, and the Anita Kerr Singers on a European tour that took them to the most important markets of country music in Western Europe.

In 2007 BEAR FAMILY RECORDS released a boxed  set; NASHVILLE STARS ON TOUR with previously unreleased audio and video recordings from that  tour,  these recordings show what a perfect musician Henry Strzelecki was. He retired after suffering a mild stroke in the late 1980's.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held for Henry on January 17th at 2 PM at the Pennington United Methodist Church in Nashville.

3 JANUARY 2015

"LITTLE" JIMMY DICKENS DIES AT AGE 94

Grand Ole Opry artist "Little" Jimmy Dickens died of a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to a  hospital in the Nashville after suffering a stroke  on Christmas Day. He was the oldest living, and much loved  member of the Grand Ole Opry.

 Please  click here  to  read more about  it in today's Nashville Tennessean

 

FIRST EPISODE OF "THE VELVET VOICE" ON EXTRA GOLD RADIO TODAY

Extra Gold Radio will broadcast a weekly Jim Reeves program a whole year long. The program will have a  mixture of songs in logical order, a tribute, live recordings, overdubbed songs, and  promo’s.

It will be broadcast on Saturdays from 21:00 – 22:00 hours European Central Time.  Tune in on to EXTRA GOLD RADIO here .

 

2 JANUARY 2015

 JIM REEVES LISTED ON HONOURABLE 7TH POSITION IN UKCOUNTRYRADIO.COM GREATEST STAR.


Johnny Cash has been named the greatest country music artist of all time by listeners of UKCountryRadio.com, an  online country music radio station. The “Man In Black” topped the list of UKCountryRadio.com’s Greatest Stars – the top 30 country artists of all time. The artists who are numbers 2 to 10 in the list are: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Garth Brook, Patsy Cline, JIM REEVES, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, and Toby Keith. Marty Robbins, who was Jim's biggest rival in US record sales and popularity,  took the 11th position.

     Click  here to see UKCountryRadio.com's Greatest Stars

 

1 JANUARY 2015

 WE WISH YOU ALL A  HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2015!

 

29 DECEMBER 2014

"LITTLE" JIMMY DICKENS IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN HOSPITAL

 Grand Ole Opry artist "Little" Jimmy Dickens has been admitted with an unknown illness and in critical care, to a Nashville hosptial at Christmas. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1948. He last performed at the Opry on December 20 as part of his 94th Birthday celebration. He turned 94 on December 19. His family would like fans to remember him in their prayers.

 

24 DECEMBER 2014

AN ADVERTISMENT  FOR A CHRISTMAS SINGLE  

 Please  click here  to  view it

 

23 DECEMBER 2014

JIM REEVES AND THE BLUE BOYS "HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON" ADVERTISMENT

 Please  click here  to  view it

 

20 DECEMBER 2014

BRITISH VETERAN COUNTRY MUSIC JOURNALIST ALAN CACKETT REVIEWED THE BEAR FAMILY 3CD SET "JIM REEVES - THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, PLUS"

At last, some 5 months down the road we have a genuine review with clout of the Bear Family 3-cd Abbott set from someone with real pedigree & reputation in the UK country music scene for the past 5 decades, rather than having to endure senseless drivel on Amazon by a gang of Stateside nondescripts masquerading as record reviewers.
 

To those of the post-1998 Reeves persuasion who have never heard of Alan Cackett, his background is well worth noting. After an extra long journalistic career, he has created a new personal website - “a digital platform for the views, musings & insights of a respected journalist, publicist & broadcaster.” Alan’s country music pedigree goes way back to the early sixties when his journalistic/editorial career began with “Country Record Exchange,” followed by “Country Music Monthly,” “Country Music People,” “Country Music,” “Country Music International” & finally “Maverick Magazine” which he founded in 2002. He is therefore well qualified to speak on the Abbott recordings as part of both Jim Reeves & country music’s history & heritage, rather than start to compare them in any way with material destined for this new craze of “perfective-overdubbing.”

The site will be of great interest to lovers of country, roots, bluegrass & Americana.

 Please  click here to  read the review

 

14 DECEMBER 2014

SOPRANO BACKUP SINGER  MILLIE KIRKHAM DIES AT 91

It has been reported on a German website that Millie Kirkham, backup singer on a quite a few Nashville hit records, died at 91 in a Nashville hospital. She had suffered a stroke a few days ago.

Millie can be heard as a backup vocalist in the Jim Reeves recording of "Anna Marie", recorded on September 3, 1957. Millie's husband Douglas Kirkham played guitar on that session that yielded two more songs, "Seabreeze" and "Blue Without My Baby".  Those two songs did not get released during Jim's life,  they were released on the  Bear Family  BCD-15656 Jim Reeves - Welcome to my world 16 CD album.  RCA had released overdubbed versions of these songs after Jim's death but prior to the release of this album.

Millie's greatest fame is a recording with Elvis Presley: "Blue Christmas".  

There's a nice Millie Kirkham tribute program from September 2012 on the  Country Music Foundation  website. Please click on the "Education", and "Public Program"  links, and go to  the  Nashville Cats section. There are are likely more programs on that website that could contain Jim Reeves related content.  

5 DECEMBER 2014

SONGWRITER BOB MONTGOMERY DIES AT 77

Bob Montgomery, a songwriter, record producer, music publisher and Nashville label executive, died Thursday afternoon at 77.  He was suffering from Parkinson's Disease. He wrote "AFTER AWHILE" while working as a songwriter for Acuff Rose. Jim Reeves recorded the song on October 15, 1959. It got included on Jim's EP and LP albums "HE'LL HAVE TO GO".  Bob Montgomery's songs have been recorded by other Country and Rockabilly Greats, such as Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, and Patsy Cline.

To read the tribute music critic, author and historian Robert K. Oermann wrote click  here

 

30 NOVEMBER 2014

MAXINE BROWN ( OF THE BROWNS) DONATED HER MUSEUM COLLECTION TO THE BUTLER CENTER FOR ARKANSAS STUDIES

 

This morning I received a newsletter from Maxine Brown, announcing she has donated her collection of her "The Browns" museum to the Butler Center For Arkansas Studies.  Jim Ed and Bonnie Brown will be donating items too. Maxine Brown, who together with brother Jim Ed, and sister Bonnie, were a vocal trio best known for their 1959 hit "The  Three Bells".  Their recording career commenced on the ABBOTT label in 1953.  No doubt the Brown collection will be a source of information  for those who wish to learn more about the early careers of Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley.

 Please  click here to  read more

 

29 NOVEMBER 2014

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

 

23 NOVEMBER 2014

THE ACM JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2014

On September 8, 2014, the eighth annual  Academy Of Country Music Awards, was televised from the Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.  The JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD is a special award  and is presented to an artist for outstanding contributions for the acceptance of country music throughout the world. This year, this special award was  presented to  two artists; Steve Buchanan, and Rascal Flatts.

Steve Buchanan strives to provide a gateway for fans around the globe to discover country music. A Tennessee native, Buchanan is the president of the Opry Entertainment Group. In that role, he has positioned the Grand Ole Opry to be viewed as a vital, world-class tourist destination that embraces contemporary and classic artists. After the Nashville flood of 2010, he led efforts to modernize the venue during its renovation. In addition, his executive producer role for ABC’s "Nashville" gives insight to the inner workings of Music Row. He is currently working on mounting a Broadway show based on the long-running TV show Hee Haw.

Rascal Flatts carried their high-energy Live & Loud Tour to Europe in July 2013, enjoying sold-out crowds, widespread television exposure and significant digital sales. The group performed a total of seven shows across Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Along with packed houses, the trio appeared on BBC’s Breakfast TV and grabbed the No. 1 spot on the UK iTunes country chart. They will return in March to Dublin and London as part of the all-star Country to Country 2014 event. Rascal Flatts will launch their Rewind Tour this spring, with dates scheduled throughout the U.S. and Canada.

(courtesy ACM press release)

To read more about the CMA awards - click  here

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT DAVID ALLEN COE'S 1983 RECORDING OF "MONA LISA LOST HER SMILE"  MAY SOUND VERY FAMILIAR TO JIM REEVES FANS?

To read about it - click  here

 

11 NOVEMBER 2014 (updated 14 November 2014)

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

Today we remember the 15th anniversary anniversary of the death of Mary Reeves.  For almost 35 years Mary nursed, promoted and especially protected the image of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves'. Fifteen years later, little remains of the image she promoted but Jim's voice will continue to give pleasure to millions of listeners.

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

 

9 NOVEMBER  2014

JIM REEVES CLIP ON BBC TV 4 PROGRAMME

A fan club member reported last Friday evening, at 9.15 pm his wife  was flicking thro' TV channels & suddenly she saw Jim singing. By the time he got in the room from the washing up in the kitchen, Jim had gone. He saw just enough to realise it had been a clip from the studio recording of "Golden memories & siver tears." On looking in the TV Times, he saw the programme was part of an evening of country music programmes on BBC Channel 4 between 9pm & 3.00am. The programme his wife stumbled on was "The Heart of Country: How Nashville became Music City USA" broadcast between 9 & 10.30pm. He watched the rest of the interesting programme but was of course miffed that he had missed Jim's bit. However, he  looked again at the day's schedule & it was repeated at 1.30am.  Jim's portion about 19 minutes in, & his clip is precisely 45 secs - not very much but a brilliant piece of country music history.

If any of the British visitors of the site has not seen it, there is a slice of luck for you. Three of the country music programmes (Dolly's documentary is missing) are being repeated TONIGHT, or rather TOMORROW MORNING ( MONDAY 10 NOVEMBER), commencing with the Nashville programme at 12.30pm BRITISH time.

 

DID YOU KNOW  THAT WITHIN A PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS AFTER JIM'S DEATH, FOUR TRIBUTE SONGS WITH THE TITLE "GENTLEMAN JIM"  WERE REGISTERED AT THE US COPYRIGHT OFFICE?
 

Within three months after the death of Jim Reeves, four songs which incorporated the title " Gentleman Jim" or "Gentleman Jim Reeves" were registered at the US Copyright office.

To read about it - click  here

 

3 NOVEMBER  2014

SEVEN JIM REEVES SONGS IN DUTCH RADIO EVERGREEN TOP 1000 CHARTS

Dutch Radio5 Nostalgia radio station will broadcast the 2014 edition of "Evergreen Top 1000 " from Monday November 3 till Friday November 7, 2014. The very first was broadcast in 2008 and the program has proven to be very popular with the listeners.

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

Number 616 - Bimbo (1954), to be played on November 4, between 16.00 - 17.00 hours
Number 135 - Welcome To My World (1964)), to be played on November 7, between 09.00 - 10.00 hours
Number 110 - Adios Amigo (1961), to be played on November 7, between 10.00 - 11.00 hours
Number 91 - I won't forget you (1964), to be played on November 7, between 12.00 - 13.00 hours
Number 45 - Distant Drums (1966) , to be played on November 7, between 15.00 - 16.00 hours
Number 42 - He'll Have To Go (1960), to be played on November 7, between 15.00 - 16.00 hours
Number  39 - I Love You Because (1964) , to be played on November 7, between 15.00 - 16.00 hours

All times are in Central European Time.

 

You can listen to Radio5 Nostalgia on the web here .    

1 NOVEMBER 2014

FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE # 139 HAVE BEEN MAILED TO MEMBERS

Both the Dutch and English editions of issue #139 of the Jim Reeves fan club magazine have been mailed to the membership this week. This issue  contains colour pictures of the floral tributes put at the graves of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel, respectively,  at the 50th anniversary of their deaths, and a report on, and three pages of colour pictures, and a  colour picture on the front cover,  of the reinterment of Mary Reeves at the Jim Reeves Memorial Park in Carthage.

24 OCTOBER 2014

JOYCE JACKSON'S SPEECH AT MARY REEVES' REINTERMENT

On our request Joyce Jackson kindly sent us the  speech she spoke at  Mary Reeves' reinterment  at the Jim Reeves Memorial Park on October 18, 2014.  We posted it together with a picture of Joyce Jackson and former Blue Boys member James Kirkland here.  

 

22 OCTOBER 2014

LEO JACKSON WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY TODAY

Leo Jackson was born 80 years ago today. Unfortunately Leo died on May 4, 2008, but his memory and guitar artistry still lives on through  the Jim Reeves recordings he played on.

 

19 OCTOBER 2014

MARY REEVES'  REINTERMENT  AT THE JIM REEVES MEMORIAL PARK ON OCTOBER 18
 

Picture courtesy of  Marco van Vugt.

READ THE SPEECH OF LANI ARNOLD, JIM REEVES' NIECE HERE

16 OCTOBER 2014

MARY REEVES'  REINTERMENT  AT THE JIM REEVES MEMORIAL PARK NEXT SATURDAY.
 

Mary Reeves' reinterment  at the Jim Reeves memorial park on Highway 79 in Carthage will be on Saturday October 18, at 10:00 am.

15 OCTOBER 2014

WELCOME TO MY WORLD SUNG BY JIM , HEARD IN A NEW BRITISH TV SERIES

A British Jim Reeves fan reported:
"A few days ago a preview for a new series was shown on TV channel  MORE4 (Sky 138; Virgin 147; HD 203; Psat 124) plus FREEVIEW 14. I suddenly reacted when I thought I heard at the beginning Jim singing a short  snippet from "Welcome to my world" & then another at the end. Because it  sounded strange, at first I didn't think it was Jim, but when the plug appeared  again later in the evening, it WAS Jim. I suspected it might be one of the H&H  overdubs - when I checked I saw the song on the cover of the H&H 8cd set.  However, I then checked the Bear 16 cd set for the 2nd version. The 2 snippets were from that version. The song may be being featured at the beginning and end of the program  which is on tomorrow night (Thursday) on MORE4 at 9.00 - 10.00 pm British  time.

The programme is called "HOMES BY THE SEA" & features Charlie Luxton  visiting some of Britain's best seaside homes, beginning in southwest Wales,  where he explores numerous properties along the Pembrokeshire coast."

 

12 OCTOBER 2014

HOW WELL ARE THE BEAR FAMILY JIM REEVES COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDING 3CD SET AND THE H&H 8 CD JIM REEVES SET SELLING??


How sad it is to read in irishmusic.co.uk's on line catalogue, that their Country music releases of Jim & other US country artists WON'T (or CAN'T) be available in the country of their birth, yet have ALL been originally released there years ago.

The 8cd set is NOT SOLD by Amazon.co.uk, only "FULFILLED" by them on behalf of Irish Bugs Bunny, one of ONLY very few dealers handling the set. What a great name for an Irishman!!

The reason for this becomes clear. ONLY Amazon.co.uk "SOLD" items will appear on their "AMAZON'S BESTSELLERS RANK" which denotes their sales. Obviously, it is to hide how well or probably how poorly the heavily promoted & hyped set is selling. We're NEVER going to know how well the 8 CD H&H Jim Reeves CD set is doing. No chart activity for this set and no "award winning" acclaim."

At least the Bear Family 3cd set is selling & has a rating at 15,450.

 

9 OCTOBER 2014

NEW CHANGES TO COME TO RECEPTION OF TOM PERRYMAN'S RADIO PROGRAM ON KKUS-FM

 Last Tuesday, to my surprise and probably many other regular listeners to the weekday-only country music radio program of Tom Perryman, there was a notice that the live stream of the radio program would be  no longer available in our geographic location.

That was quite a shock, as Tom occasionally mentions an anecdote about  Jim Reeves or  his contemporaries.   He mentioned one in the broadcast of the day before -  we will publish it in the fan club magazine, after obtaining permission from Mr. Perryman.

Some time on Wednesday October 8th, live streams of the station could be listened to on the internet again.

We sent an email to the staff of the station to enquire about what had happened. A reply soon came back :   

"At some point in the not too distant future, 104.1 The Ranch (KKUS-FM) in Tyler, Texas, will limit the area/range of their audio streaming to a radius of approximately 175 miles from their tower located near Van, Texas.
 If you wish to continue receiving the broadcasts and are not within the reception area, you will be given a chance to have your IP Address reinstated by filling  out a form on the streaming site or The Ranch's webpage and sending it in.
 Each IP Address will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no  guarantee that you will be reinstated. This is simply an economic move on the  part of East Texas Radio Group.  Streaming costs are directly related to  coverage area."

Jack Benner - DGS
Sr. Sales & Marketing Professional
East Texas Radio Group.
 

7 OCTOBER 2014

  AMAZING & ASTOUNDING AMAZON.CO.UK OFFER ON NEW BEAR FAMILY 3CD SET "JIM REEVES  -  THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS - PLUS"
 
         YOU'D BETTER GRAB YOUR COPY WHILE YOU CAN -  FOR THIS PRICE WILL NOT BE REPEATED!!  

It is difficult to find the right meaningful expletives & adjectives to describe this unbelievable offer for this definitive, historical set of Jim's early recordings which complete the story of his formative period with Abbott records between 1952 - 1955.

It's safe to say that once their stocks are gone, you'll have to fork out the correct, full retail price of  Euros 55.  This is YOUR chance to grab an absolute bargain  AT LESS THAN HALF PRICE!!    In this day & age, initial pressing  quantities are not limitless,  so this could be a last opportunity before the   SOLD OUT or  NO LONGER AVAILABLE  signs go up.

It's quite evident that this deal has been earmarked essentially for Jim's still loyal UK  (FREE POSTAGE)  & European market  and NOT for the US market where Amazon.com are still selling at prices between $40 & $50,  peaking at around $80. 

Amazon's own editorial review sums up the importance of owning this set.

"To mark the occasion of the 50th Anniversary, Bear Family is re-visiting Reeves' early catalog with a definitive 3CD set of all the recordings  Gentleman Jim made prior to signing with RCA Victor records in 1955.  This historic collection contains every surviving take & even some partial takes - of his 3yr association with Fabor Robison's Abbott Records.  Not only is every Abbott performance included, but so are all the surviving false starts & studio chatter, giving a much fuller picture of Jim Reeves in the recording studio - in all, nearly 3 1/2 hours of early Jim Reeves.  This set is enhanced with a 124 page book featuring rare & unpublished photos from the period."

ALWAYS REMEMBER

TO A REAL JIM REEVES FAN  -   THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES

 

6 OCTOBER 2014

JIM REEVES "CHECK" BEING OFFERED FOR $499.99 ON EBAY

On eBay there is a document advertised as a "JIM REEVES Signed Authographed Cancelled Check", The asking price is US $499.99!! But it's really not a check, it's a promissory note for $2,000.00. That means that Jim borrowed $2,000.00 from the bank, and promised to pay it back, by signing the note. Mary also signed the note.

That is not unusual in itself because he borrowed money many times through the years for many reasons. The unusual part is that he borrowed the money on December 27, 1960. By that time, "He'll Have To Go" had carried Jim to new heights, and he should have been making more money than ever.

It is rather curious that Jim borrowed $2,000.00 in cash, he usually paid his bills by check.

 

3 OCTOBER 2014

 THREATS AND ATTACKS FROM IOWA: WHOSE TURN IS IT TODAY?

On Eimbert van den Oetelaar's   Jim Reeves CD album website  there was an email which appears to be from the guy in Iowa who has been attacking Jim Reeves fans for years. In it this guy seems to claim to have caused someone somewhere to have lost his or her home. And he seems to claim to have done it all within a week's time.  However, he fails to mention just how this person lost his or her home, only that he seems to take credit for causing the loss. He also fails to name the person or even the country in which the person lives.

Let's do a quick inventory of some of the people whom this guy has attacked over the years to see if we can possibly guess just who he is talking about.

1. Mike Streissguth- author of the first Jim Reeves biography, and college professor-doubtful.

2. Ed Gregory- bought the Reeves estate, and dead for several years, though still attacked -doubtful.

3. Terry Davis- Mary's widower-doubtful.

4. Connie Sanders- sold Reeves memorabilia items-doubtful.

5. Alex Zanetis- songwriter, dead for some time, but occasionally still attacked -doubtful.

6. Arie den Dulk- in charge of the Jim Reeves Fan Club-doubtful.

7. David Bussey- a favorite target  lately; ran the Reeves Fan Club in the UK-doubtful.

8. Frank Anderson- fan- I still own my home.

9. Jim Ed Brown- singer, recently diagnosed with cancer, and a  target this week nonetheless- doubtful.

10. Peter Atkinson- attacks on Amazon -doubtful.

11. Eimbert van den Oetelaar- one of the current targets- doubtful.

That's 11 different people who have been attacked in varying degrees through the years. I give up. I have no idea who is alleged to have lost his or her home. Surely, it actually happened. Right? This guy wouldn't make up something like that as a threat to Peter. Right?

Frank C. Anderson

1 OCTOBER 2014

GRAND OLE OPRY STAR JIM ED BROWN HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER 

Yesterday, Grand ole Opry Star Jim Ed Brown posted this message on his Face book page:

"Some of you may have heard various rumors since I have had to cancel a few shows over the past few weekends. To clarify and put those rumors to bed, I wanted to just come out and explain what is going on. Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. At that time, I was in shock and scared as I didn’t know what that really meant. After testing, the doctors have asked me to take the next 4 months off from touring and to focus on chemotherapy and radiation treatments to shrink the cancer cells. I will keep you all updated on the progress. I am forever grateful for the love, support, and prayers during this time."

Jim Ed, his sisters Maxine and Bonnie toured with Jim Reeves and others  on the ABBOTT STRING MUSIC SHOW in the 1950s. Jim Ed Brown, who is 80 years old, was good friends of both Jim and Mary Reeves. 

We will remember him in our prayers.

 

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

NEW JIM REEVES BEAR FAMILY 3CD SET "THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS PLUS" DISCREDITED & RIDICULED ON AMAZON

To read about it - click  here

 

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

GEORGE HAMILTON IV DIES AT AGE 77

 

George Hamilton IV who was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 50 years, died yesterday, at the age of 77  of the effect of a heart attack he suffered last Saturday. George Hamilton IV was considered to be the International Ambassador of Country Music  and was a frequent visitor and performer at European country music festivals. He was soft spoken and friendly to both his fellow entertainers and the public.  

In 1978 I had the pleasure of interviewing  him about Jim Reeves in a small country music venue which could hold no more than 60 people. He considered himself not to be so important as to give his small audience any less a fine show than he would do for 2000.  He told me he was of the Moravian faith.  May his soul rest in peace.

George Hamilton IV, Bert Bossink, and Arie den Dulk, backstage at "De Schaapskooi",

Odiliapeel, The Netherlands, April 8, 1978.

 

 

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES AND PATSY CLINE PERFORMED ON THE SAME SLOT AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY IN JANUARY 1962?
 

To read about it - click  here

 

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

 A TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES BY DAVE BUSSEY

For those of the Jim Reeves fans wondering if senior Jim Reeves historian had  come out of retirement, the Youtube tribute to Jim by David Bussey, uploaded  by Bob Clements on 31st August 2014, was put together by David 8 years ago  in his front room as couple of tracks towards a 25 track tribute cd "We  Remember Jim" to be distributed free of charge at a celebration of the 40th  anniversary of Jim's UK no.1 success with "Distant Drums," held on  September 23rd 2006 at St. Mark's church, Harrogate.

The first (track11) was a superb piece of parabolic allegory, "A SONG CALLED JR", written by UK fan club  member Lette Heselton from Scalby, nr. Scarborough for the 10th anniversary  of Jim's passing in 1974 and printed in issue 35 of the club magazine dated  October 1974. Background music comprises segments of tracks from the  Living Strings LP.

To read more on Lette Heselton - click here

 The second (track 25) is his own tribute with words he originally wrote at the very  end for both the booklet in the RCA 4 album boxed-set released in the UK at  the end of 1971, and the music book "Jim Reeves Complete" published by  Wise Publications in 1974. It is underscored with Chet Atkins playing "God Be  With You."

It is amazing that some fans across the Big Pond feel being haunted by the Ghost of what has been written  40 years ago!

 

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

 JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MEETING

On Sunday 7 September 2014 the fan club  held a fan club meeting in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Special guest  was member Henk Brederode who sang Jim Reeves' songs.

Please  click here to  read more about it

 

DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES PLAYED THURSTON MOORE'S VERONA LAKE RANCH, AT VERONA, KENTUCKY IN JULY 1957?

To read about it - click  here

 

28 AUGUST 2014

THE DISPOSABLE BOOK

  It's happened again! Another person has tossed, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story", into a Goodwill donation bin, this time in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Well, well. It seems that people are throwing away that award winning book right and left. Of course, we only know about the books which are given away to thrift stores like Goodwill and end up on eBay. That's two this month: the one from Austin, Texas has been re-listed (apparently it didn't sell the first time) and is back on eBay, along with the latest one from Clarksville, Tennessee.

There is no way of knowing how many of these books simply get thrown in the trash after the buyers read them, and don't make it to Goodwill. But you can bet there are several in landfills and several more on the way.

And you can keep your eye on eBay for more listings of the book from Goodwill stores around the country. It was just a matter of time.

Frank C. Anderson

 

21 AUGUST 2014

FORMER TAOISEACH ALBERT REYNOLDS DIES AGE 81

 

Former Taoiseach (= Irish prime minister) Albert Reynolds died aged 81 at 3 am. today. He was ill for some time, he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Before Mr. Reynolds entered Irish politics, he was a very successful businessman with an empire that included dancehalls to the pet food industry. Albert and his brother, Jim, set up ‘Reynolds Dancing Ltd’ with a thriving empire of 14 halls including Fairyland, Roscommon; Jetland, Limerick; Borderland, Clones; Barrowland, New Ross.

They booked national names like Dickie Rock, Brendan Bowyer and Joe Dolan; and international stars like Roy Orbison, Chubby Checker, and Jim Reeves.

Mr. Reynolds wrote in his book " Albert Reynolds: My Autobiography" that he had booked Jim Reeves In Mullingar and Portlaois later in the night. Pope John 23rd had died on 3 June 1963, the day before these shows. Ireland, being a Catholic country, was in mourning and all public activities were cancelled. Mr. Albert Reynolds went to see Jim Reeves in his hotel in Dublin and informed him that despite the shows being cancelled, he would be paid for the shows. To his surprise he learned that Jim Reeves respected the Pope and what he stood for, and and would not take the money. Mr. Albert Reynolds considered Jim Reeves to be rare human being as well as a great artist: "It is little wonder that he was known as 'Gentleman Jim Reeves'."

20 AUGUST 2014

HAPPY  91st BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Today would have been  Jim Reeves' 91st Birthday.  To celebrate it we share a never before published picture of Jim Reeves with you.  We will also reveal the name of the woman who took a well known picture of Jim and Mary Reeves. A world wide exclusive, made possible by the generosity of  fan club member Mr. Frank C. Anderson.

 You can read about  it here .
 

 

19 AUGUST 2014

TOM PERRYMAN RETURNS TO THE AIRWAVES TOMORROW

KKUS deejay GARY P "BLUE EYES" WALKER announced that Tom Perryman will be back on KKUS - The Ranch tomorrow. No surprise really as tomorrow, Jim Reeves would have celebrated his 91st Birthday. No doubt, as usual  Tom Perryman will dedicate part of his program to Jim.

THE FATE OF MANY UNWANTED ITEMS


It was just a matter of time. Country music fans are now getting rid of the Jim Reeves book by Larry Jordan, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story". Where is the evidence? Two places: eBay and Goodwill.

On eBay there was recently an auction listing for the book. That is not unusual because the writer himself sells copies of the book on eBay, as well as overdubbed CDs. What is telling, however, about how some readers may feel about the book is who, or what, is selling the book, and where it is being sold.

Goodwill in Austin, Texas, Jim Reeves' home state, is selling the book. Even Jim's fellow Texans don't want the book once they've read it.

Goodwill Industries is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping people in need. Goodwill receives much of its operating funds from donations from the public. People donate their cast off, unwanted items to Goodwill to sell. The donors can receive a tax break for their charitable donation, and Goodwill can sell the item to help fund their programs.

Typically, outside most Goodwill stores there are large receptacles, often huge metal boxes, called donation bins. People who want to get rid of unwanted items simply dump them inside the bins, then the Goodwill employees retrieve the items, and sell them. The donation bins can contain a mixture of cast offs: old shoes, second hand clothes, dishes, toys, used linens, records, and books.

It's a good bet that whoever bought the book new and read it decided that it was not a treasure for the ages, but instead was something worthy of tossing in a Goodwill donation bin. Unfortunately, the good folks in Austin seem to be clueless about the value of the donated book: they had it listed at an unreasonably high starting bid of $29.00. Can you believe it?

Frank C. Anderson

 

18 AUGUST 2014

MUSIC SALES 1974 BOOK "THE COMPLETE JIM REEVES" (WORDS & MUSIC TO 60 JIM REEVES SONGS) FOR SALE ON EBAY
 

Now here's a surprise!!!??? Gosh,  David Bussey's music book selling on eBay at a silly price , at £99.64, - much more than ANY book, including "biographies"  about Jim Reeves.  Whilst he didn't strictly write the book, he did write 5000 words for the introduction to the Music Sales 1974 book "The Complete Jim Reeves" which was essentially the words & music to 60 of Jim's best known songs. Pre-publication, the owner of Music Sales, Bob Wise approached Mary Reeves for a foreword to the book. She refused, requesting 5% of its retail sales of 5000 printed copies selling at £3.95 per book. Bob declined, saying his company was already paying all the relevant UK sheet music & publishing/copyright charges for the 60 songs. He also revealed to her he had paid Bussey the princely sum of £50 for his efforts.

The book was published & in a short time was out of print. David Bussey received a quick reprimand from Mary saying he had no authority to write anything on Jim Reeves & that SHE alone owned all rights to his name. Later during a conversation in Nashville, she was to tell David he hadn't been paid enough for the job!!??

But such was the influence of Mary Reeves at that time, that when the music book was reprinted (another 5000?), David's 41 pages of text were omitted. (All photos, cuttings etc. featured in the original print were from the first 5 editions of David's Scrapbooks). Still the same retail price, but with 41 missing pages and no foreword from Mary. David is still wondering why? In 40 years, Bob Wise has never said.

16 AUGUST 2014

TWO JIM REEVES SONGS IN THE HOTDISC TOP 40 CHART

On 10 August 2014, the duet song " How's The World Treating You?" by Jim Reeves and Barbi Franklin reached the number 1 spot in the HOTDISC TOP 40 CHART after 1 week. The Jim Reeves song "Distant Drums" (2014 version) descended from the third to fifth position in that same chart.

It has been a long time ago since 2 Jim Reeves topped the charts, but can we compare apples to pears?? In the Jim Reeves Mark One era, fans bought mostly singles, and organisations and music publications such as "Music Week," "N.M.E.," "Record Mirror," & "Disc" surveyed record shops for details of sales of current singles for that particular week by each artist. From the questionnaire returns the charts were compiled. It gave a reasonably fair & acceptable account of which record was the most popular (and commercial) in a certain week.

Today, the number of actual CD single sales is low & falling year on year. The HOTDISC TOP 40  charts are put together weekly using ratings supplied by DJs who give scores to every song on the last three months' editions of Rush Released CD. The scores are averaged out per week to give an accurate guide to the songs which are being championed by the INDUSTRY.
In other words, the INDUSTRY determines which songs goes on to the Rushed Released CD and the INDUSTRY determines the position of the songs, whether or not the CD album from which the tracks are taken is a commercial success or a failure.

The HOTDISC TOP 40 CHART has no real chart value, but is just a promotional tool.

An example is in November 2008, the 2CD album " JIM REEVES - I'm a hit again " was extensively promoted on British and Irish radio stations. On 4 December 2008, the song "I'm A Hit Again" reached the number 1 spot on the HOTDISC TOP 40 CHART.

Stuart Cameron's Hotdisc Top 40 show is broadcast at 12 Noon on Sundays on
CMRNashville .

 

13 AUGUST 2014

Bill Black, a long time Jim Reeves fan, co-secretary of the long defunct Scottish Jim Reeves fan club, and radio presenter, broadcast an hour long Jim Reeves tribute on Celtic Music Radio on July 26, 2014. In the program Bill played parts from a few interesting interviews with artists and musicians who worked with Jim Reeves which he had recorded over the years.

Bill has sent us a Dropbox link to his program, but since it our policy only to post url's of websites of radio stations, rather than private download account which possibly could hide malware, we decided not to mention the program unless there was a proper URL for it.


You can listen to the programme on the website of CELTIC MUSIC RADIO
here. (Select Bill Black Classic Country Saturday July 26, hour 2)

 

9 AUGUST 2014

50TH ANNIVERSARY REMEMBERED IN IRISH PRINTED PRESS
 

The 50th anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves was remembered in quite a few Irish newspapers and periodicals. In many of these articles a recently released 8CD JIM REEVES set was mentioned, and some times a quote by one or two Jim Reeves biographer. .

Joe Cushan wrote an excellent and informative two page article about the 1963 Irish tour of Jim Reeves and the Blue Boys in the Entertainment section of the Irish Post of July 19,  2014. In that same issue there's a full page article about the aforementioned 8CD set by Joe Giltrap , and another fine article called "JIM REEVES HAS IT AND ALWAYS WILL" by Henry Wymbs.

MORE INTERESTING, INCRIMINATING & HYPOCRITICAL TITBITS ON THE WEB - ONCE AGAIN IT'S THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK

The Joe Cushnan article on the Irish tour of Jim Reeves and the Blue Boys in the Entertainement section of the Irish Post of July 19, 2014 attracted criticism by an author of a Jim Reeves "biography" claiming he was not given credit. Joe Cushnan responded by posting the lengthy and sometimes humoristic and sarcastic correspondence by email on his Blog. You can read it  here .

It made me smile and brought back memories about an article in the SLATE magazine ten years ago called "The case of the stolen sense of humor." You can read it
 
here .
 

8 AUGUST 2014

TOM PERRYMAN IS IN HOSPITAL WITH PNEUMONIA

Tom Perryman is in the hospital in Tyler, TX. This award-winning DJ has hosted his own show on 104.1 The Ranch for the last 13 years. He was taken from his home by ambulance at 3a.m. Monday morning. Test show he has "walking" Pneumonia. He is expected to return from hospital in a few days. Tom just turned 87 this month.

VERY INTERESTING JIM REEVES INTERVIEWS PLAYED BY KEITH SKUES ON BBC RADIO NORFOLK LAST SUNDAY

On August 3, BBC Radio Norfolk presented a Jim Reeves tribute by Keith Skues who's been around the broadcasting block a few times. Keith included parts of some interesting interviews he did with Jim when Keith was in British Forces Radio, included an interview  he did when  Jim's plane had stopped in Nairobi for re-fuelling. He was on his way to film "Kimberley Jim".
 

The program can be listened to until next Sunday here, the tribute spot commencing after 60 minutes into the program.

6 AUGUST 2014

 INTERVIEW JOHN RUMBLE ON BBC RADIO JERSEY

Cameron Ward, producer of  Tony Gillham’s  morning show on BBC Radio Jersey, informed us that the interview with John Rumble, senior historian of the CMF,   broadcast on July 31st, can  be heard till tomorrow morning  here.

3 AUGUST 2014

DAVID BUSSEY BOWS OUT WITH A PRESENTATION TO THE UK'S STAUNCHEST JIM REEVES FAN 

 

A final posting from David Bussey to show my thanks to ALL who supported me over the years. The Jim Reeves scene should NEVER be about personality or politics. Those left within it & consider themselves experts, authorities or authors are deluding themselves into thinking that because they have extra large internet profiles, they are irreplaceable & indispensable. The truth of the matter is, that the scene will forever ONLY be about the ordinary, loyal bog-standard FANS who have followed the music & memory during the past 50 years. The new fans of the 21st century Reeves will never have the fervour & passion that the fan mentioned below has.
 

Click here to  read about it

 

2 AUGUST 2014 (updated 4 August)

JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON BBC RADIO ULSTER

Velma Elizabeth Smith
Velma Elizabeth Smith

From 13:00  to 14:00 hours BST, BBC RADIO ULSTER played a Jim Reeves tribute on Gerry Kelly's program. Listeners had been asked to call in with their memories on Jim's tour in Northern Ireland in 1963.  

Both David Allan and David Bussey were scheduled to be jointly interviewed in the program. When the latter expressed misgivings on the direction of possible questioning in the program to the producer,  regarding the fact that both interviewees each  technically had vested interests in current very different Reeves cd releases (Bussey with the Bear Family 3cd Abbott set & Allan with Steve Brink's H&H company with the 8cd set plus the special reissue of "The Anthology" dvd),   Bussey took the decision that pulling out was the best & most sensible option, leaving the interview to  Allan.   However David Allan was dropped too.

A dozen or so listeners called in and shared their memories on Jim Reeves.

THE BODY OF MARY REEVES TO BE MOVED TO CARTHAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Although it has not been published in the newspapers yet, after years of legal challenges and hurdles, the final wish of Jim Reeves's widow, Mary Reeves Davis, is about to be honoured and fulfilled.  Although her will specified she was to be buried next to Jim, Mary was interred in the Mausoleum at Nashville's Spring Hill Cemetery by her 2nd Husband, Terry Davis, when she passed away in 1999. Yesterday, a Nashville Probate Court has agreed to honour Mary's wishes. By the close of business yesterday afternoon, a court order will be signed allowing Mary to be moved to Carthage, TX as soon as possible.

That's fine news. as soon as Mary Reeves has been reburied and a stone has been placed on her grave, the fan club will have a floral tribute placed at her grave. On the floral tribute will be  a card with names who contributed to the floral tribute for Jim Reeves this year.  

 

1 AUGUST 2014

VELMA ELIZABETH  SMITH DIES 87

Velma Elizabeth Smith
Velma Elizabeth Smith

Velma Smith, widow of Hal Smith died at Alive Hospice Skyline in Madison at  age 87 yesterday, July 31st, on the 50th anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves. Velma was a pioneer  female session guitar player and from 1950 played at Nashville recording sessions for 20 years. She played on quite a few Jim Reeves recording sessions. Film footage of a Jim Reeves recording session at Studio B on February 26, 1963 shows Velma playing the rhythm guitar on three songs.  That footage has been licensed to the Country Music Foundation by fan club member Frank C. Anderson. It can be viewed here.

Velma was inducted to the Musicians Hall of Fame at the 10,000-seat arena of Nashville’s Historic Municipal Auditorium on Tuesday, January 28 2014.

Velma was married to James H. "Hal" Smith, a former fiddle player, who  with Ray Price co-founded the Pamper Music publishing company. Hal died in 2008.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 2nd at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Goodlettsville.

In 1981 the BBC broadcasted the seven part radio documentary "JIM REEVES AND HIS MUSIC". It was presented by Charley Pride, and was written by David Bussey and Don Ford. In one of the parts Velma Smith talked extensively about her meeting Jim Reeves at a recording session, and how apprehensive Jim was about her playing at his session. At the end of the recording session she must have done well as he kissed her on the head.  Those interviews  could have been inspiration to biographers like Mike Streissguth and such.  Both Mary Reeves and  the BBC missed a wonderful opportunity to produce an informative book on Jim Reeves from those broadcast interviews.   

UPDATE ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY

John Rumble, Senior Historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, reported that on the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel, the museum honored Jim Reeves’s career by offering a compilation of filmed or videotaped Reeves performances, where screened in the museum’s Ford Theater during the entire day.

John was interviewed last week by Billboard magazine for a story on the death and legacy of Jim Reeves. The interview was also broadcast on a radio station in Waverly, Tennessee, where the Billboard columnist has a regular program.

In addition, John was interviewed on Tony Gillham’s  morning show on BBC Radio Jersey on July 31st.

Fan club member Ann Hannan reported that last night, July 31st, 2014 Joachim Dunne and friends played a fantastic Jim Reeves tribute at P J Naughtons Pub Castlecoote, Roscommon, Co Roscommon,  Ireland. The tribute raised about 700 Euros for Motor Neurone charity. No doubt Jim Reeves would have been proud about it.
 

The BBC RADIO 2 "WELCOME TO MY WORLD - THE JIM REEVES STORY" has been re-broadcast last night. We wonder if the comments by Sid Griffin, about having seen a large Jim Reeves statue in Copenhagen, have been edited out of the programme.  Sid Griffin, born in 1955, is an American singer/songwriter, musician, bandleader & author who lives in London, England. Mr. Griffin may have confused the state of Texas, where the  Jim Reeves memorial along US Highway 79 is situated, with the  country of Denmark. 

JOHN REX REEVES posted a personal memo on his website yesterday:

Jim Reeves was my uncle, and he and Chet Atkins and the A-Team at RCA produced timeless recordings for music lovers all over the world. When Jim died on July 31st, 1964, RCA sent me the Jim Reeves catalog on 33 RPM records. Being an artist myself, I know the feeling of joy when people respond to my songs. Knowing Jim, he felt the same way. During the 50 years since his passing, Jim’s recordings have been mixed, matched and released and re-released until many fans have asked me why. They already have the Jim Reeves originals, so I can understand their mixed feelings about those who chose to re-do the originals in the pretense of giving the fans something new and fresh. My personal 50th Anniversary CD is done with my own arrangements and out of my love for Jim. It is my own presentation of a few of his songs to include the introduction song that I wrote, “Remembering Jim Reeves”.

There will never be another Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins and Nashville A-Team of musicians that will capture the pure sound of Jim’s original recordings. I would never choose to re-touch a Rembrandt painting. Not being a painter, I would feel very strange doing so. Let others choose to do what they wish to, but the original of anything is the one that lasts forever.

Sincerely,

John Rex
 

31 JULY 2014

A FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY TREAT - THE DISCOVERY OF AN UNRELEASED DEMO RECORDING OF JIM REEVES



During the 39 years I have run this fan club I have experienced many pleasant surprises. But this surprise beats it all. Recently a former Nashville musician got in touch with me and wrote he has a Jim Reeves' demo tape recording of a song Jim never commercially recorded; “IF I COULD COME BACK”. 

The composers of this song are Mel Tillis and A. R. “Buck” Peddy, and was first copyrighted on February 18, 1960. Jim Reeves made a demo recording of it, probably in the same year.

Webb Pierce recorded the song in February 1962 and Carl Perkins recorded the song in August 1966.
 

One can find a short segment of the demo recording HERE.

 

 

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 50 years ago the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel ended when their single engined Beechraft Debonair crashed in Brentwood, TN, a few miles from the Nashville airport.  Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today.

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

30 JULY 2014

TOMORROW WILL BE 'FAREWELL TO ' GENTLEMAN JIM REEVES' AND WELCOME TO THE "GREAT JIM REEVES".

 

Tomorrow will be the 50th anniversary of the death of "Gentleman Jim Reeves." An Anglo/American record label is trying its damnest to change the musical legacy which Jim Reeves left behind into a new updated and technologically enhanced "GREAT JIM REEVES " musical image by replacing the original sounds and arrangements with what a large number of fans consider to be new, unnecessary and overdone arrangements to what were already perfect and timeless recordings.

An extensive promotion campaign on British and Irish radio stations has commenced, and on almost every Jim Reeves tribute and /or country music program one will hear tracks from the H&H 8CD Jim Reeves 50th anniversary CD set. Even on ukcountryradio.com's JIM REEVES DAY, it will be extensively played as it is the "Album of the week".

Mary Reeves released a number of overdubbed Jim Reeves recordings with some commercial success between 1965 and 1983, but most of these overdubbed records with their then current contemporary "new" instrumentation, soon disappeared into oblivion, except for "Distant Drums" which was a recording not released during Jim's lifetime.

Will any of the newly overdubbed songs originally recorded at RCA, ever match the success of Mary's attempts to extend Jim's popularity and commercial life? Sadly, this period of innovation was over by 1984 and thirty years down the road the process is being repeated for those who perhaps missed it all when it came round the first time.

Let us take comfort and solace in the fact that as long as people are still trying to make money on Jim Reeves' musical legacy, he is not dead.
 


THE 2012 HOLLYWOOD BOOK AWARD CONTEST
 

The promotion of that 8 CD album mentions that the producer is the author of an award winning book on Reeves.  We can only find one "award" for the book; the 2012 HOLLYWOOD BOOK AWARD, not a genuine award, but a contest in which the applicant pays an entrance fee of $75.00 and submits a copy of their book. I'm afraid that Jim  Reeves book was not the grand prize winner, nor the winner or  runner up in any of the catagories. However, it did get an honorable mention  (10th place out of 15) in the BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY catagory. I  presume all who entered in the contest and didn't win got an honorable mention. So the statement that it's an Award winning book is  far from the truth, but then our author is well versed in the art of artistic licence and liberty. 

To be honest, the author's writing capability has improved since he submitted his text for the booklet of Bear Family's RADIO DAYS, volume 1. Richard Weize,  CEO of Bear Family Records informed me personally that the author's text did not meet Bear Family's high standard criteria. Mr. Weize would not reveal the  name of the American author who edited the text, but it is well known that it was an other American Reeves biographer.
 

28 JULY 2014

UKCOUNTRYRADIO.COM'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY 2 HOUR TRIBUTE SHOW TO THE MUSIC & MEMORY OF JIM WILL FEATURE DAVID BUSSEY AS GUEST


The 2 hour show which we've already plugged on Thursday 31st July will be broadcast at 9am & a repeat at 9pm. Guest will be David Bussey making his swan song public appearance as he finally retires from the scene. The last hour of the repeat overlaps the BBC Radio 2 documentary. The 2 shows couldn't be more different. Radio 2's is an expensive, slick, 1 hour 21st century show featuring a wealth of chat from the new breed of experts & authorities which shamefully doesn't include one complete single recorded song by our star.

On the other hand, the
ukcountryradio.com show features 2 long term Reeves fans steeped in tradition. Alan Potter has been presenting country music shows from the music's golden years for 40 years. He began on hospital radio & has been on the Yorkshire airwaves ever since, currently compiling & presenting 2 weekend shows for the station. David Bussey's name is already well know to most longterm country music fans in the UK.

This show cost nothing to make & "comes from the heart." It is focussed almost entirely on the UK Pop Music Charts during Jim's heyday when his UK singles between 1964 & 1972 ruled the waves. The charts then didn't differentiate & pigeon hole music as in the United States. The show will feature 25 out of the 26 UK chart hits (omitting only a 1971 maxi-single) in their entirety. Another 6 songs plus a tribute single are also included - ALL the music played back-to-back.

We trust that the
ukcountryradio.com broadcast will get a good response - the fans' way of saying "Thank's Jim for 50 golden years."
 

Indian Fans Name 'Welcome To My World' As Their Favourite Jim Reeves Song
 

To mark his 50th death anniversary this month, Radio Jockey Fali R. Singara presented a 2 hour special on Jim's music & his legacy on Mumbai's 107.1 FM last weekend. He got a fantastic response to the show; over 500 people from all over India emailed, smsed & phoned in during the live show to vote for their favourite Jim Reeves song.

These were the top 5 Jim Reeves Songs Among the listeners:
5) Am I That Easy To Forget?
4) Distant Drums
3) I Love You Because
2) He'll Have To Go
& No #1) Welcome To My World (70% of all people loved this song the most!)

Out of all the folks who called in to the show - the most interesting was an 88 year old Indian gentleman called Mr. Minoo Mehta who spoke to Fali for awhile. Mr. Mehta actually saw Jim Reeves perform live in 1964 in the USA- though he does not remember the exact date - he thinks Jim died just a month later. Not only that - he met Jim backstage and got a photo and an autograph with him and says Jim dedicated the song Adios Amigos to him when he closed the concert set that night. He shared that Jim in person was tall - above 6 feet and that he was very happy to meet Mr. Mehta from India. Jim also told Mr. Mehta that he was planning in the next year (1965) to visit South Africa and other places to perform.

27 JULY 2014

FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE #138 MAILED TO THE MEMBERSHIP

Both the Dutch and English editions of the fan club magazine have been mailed to the membership today. We were a bit late in finishing it as we received some exciting news we wanted to include in this issue, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves. European members will probably receive the magazine before July 31st, but  non-European members could  receive it a few days later.

A JIM REEVES CD ADVERTISING PROGRAM TO BE AIRED ON TELEVISION ON JULY 31st. (UPDATE)

We have  updated information about the  program to be aired  on July 31st  at 8 pm on Sky Showcase 2 (Sky channel 192, Freesat channel 402) and at 10 pm on Sky Showcase (Sky channel 191, Freesat channel 400). It's a 30 minutes program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves.  Lawrence Kuttner hosts the program, guests are Steve  Brink, head of Country and Irish  label H&H Music, who very apparantly read the script Jordan should have spoken,  David Allen, a former  ´BBC radio and television presenter, and Arne Benoni, a Norwegian artist, star of " The Jim Reeves Cabaret Show". 

If the viewer get the impression it's all about promoting the latest H&H Music JIM REEVES release, how tastefully done,  the viewer is right.  This  programme is not being aired on a public, but on a commercial television channel.  But did it need to be aired on July 31st? The producer of the CD Album previously expressed dislike for those who remembered the anniversary of Jim's death. He rather  celebrated Jim's Birthday on August 20th.

I am happy to see the Dutch video clip listed on the credits, I wonder if they got slapped on the wrist for not listing the Dutch clip on the DVD menu  and credits of the recent re-released and "enhanced" DVD release?

You don't have to wait until the program is shown on Sky next Thursday July 31st. Thanks to Irishmusic.co.uk you can already watch the programme on  Youtube.  The "other" website will probably post the link near the time of the airing of the programme.

UPDATE: A few hours after we posted about it, the video was (temporarily ?) removed from Youtube .

 

25 JULY 2014

A JIM REEVES CD ADVERTISING PROGRAM TO BE AIRED ON TELEVISION ON JULY 31st.

A television program advertising the latest Jim Reeves release by by H&H Music will be shown on July 31st  at 8 pm on Sky Showcase 2 (Sky channel 192, Freesat channel 402) and at 10 pm on Sky Showcase (Sky channel 191, Freesat channel 400).
Both programs can be watched live on internet worldwide too.

The programmes have not been listed in the full schedules (yet), the duration of the program is unknown yet. Mr. David Allen has informed me he'll be involved with the presentation of the program, a new height in his extensive media career in the broadcasting of country music. Mr. Allen was one of the presenters of the very prestigious BBC TV Wembley Festival programs in the late 1970s and 1980s.

 

A TRIBUTE TO 'GENTLEMAN JIM' ON  MUMBAI'S  107.1 FM


Jim Reeves is one of the best selling artists in India since the 1960s & still has a wide fan following all over India.To mark his 50th death anniversary this month, Radio Jockey Fali R. Singara will be presenting a 2 hour special on Jim's music & his legacy this Saturday night from 10pm-12am on Mumbai's 107.1 FM. On the playlist - Jim's biggest hits; plus versions of Jim's songs done by the likes of Elvis, Sinatra, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson & many more popular artists.

Fans from all over India can also call in, sms or email while Fali is live in the studio about their favourite Jim Reeves song. At the end of the show, Fali will name the five most popular Jim Reeves songs among Indian fans based on their response.

Tune In To All India Radio's 107.1 FM Service In Mumbai, India on Saturday 26th July From 10pm onwards.

 

23 JULY 2014

 JIM REEVES'  50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTES  

DUTCH "GREENHEART COUNTRY" RADIO STATION TO AIR TWO HOUR JIM REEVES SPECIAL

 

Hans van Dam, former editor of the Dutch country music magazine "Country Gazette", will broadcast a 2 hour Jim Reeves special in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Jim's death. Hans will play 46 tracks from the " CD of the week" Jim Reeves – Gentlemen Jim 1955-1959 (Bear Family 1989).  

 

Tuesday July 29th, from 18.00-20.00 hours CET  on Vlistam FM.  Livestream at: www.vlistam.nl
Wednesday July 30th, from 21.00-23.00 hours CET on AlphenStad FM. Livestream at: www.alphenstadfm.nl (also archived programmes).

 

JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON NASHVILLE FM

 

The Dutch 24/7 country station Nashville FM remembers the 50th anniversary of the passing of Jim Reeves on July 31st. Nashville FM broadcasts from 20.00 – 22.00 hrs. C.E.T. 2 hours of nonstop Jim Reeves music in memory of the man with “the velvet voice”.

 

Nashville FM www.nashvillefm.eu is the 24/7 nonstop country station broadcasting from the Netherlands via internet. In “Country Classics”, which airs daily from 20.00 – 22.00 hours CET, of course Jim Reeves is one of the icons which reguarly can be heard.

 

BBC RADIO 2 TO RETRANSMIT  JIM REEVES TRIBUTE

The BBC reported that the programme "Welcome to my world - the Jim Reeves Story", marking the life & career of Jim Reeves, and first broadcast on November 5th last year, will be  rebroadcast on BBC Radio 2 on July 31st at 10pm BST.

 

15 JULY 2014

 JAMES KIRKLAND INTERVIEWED BY TOM PERRYMAN ON KKUS

James Kirkland, a former member of Jim Reeves' backing group the Blue Boys, was featured as special guest for 30 minutes on  KKUS "East Texas Classic Country"  program, hosted by Tom Perryman.  Tom interviewed him about his memories on the Louisiana Hayride,  Bob Luman, and Jim Reeves.

James Kirkland also featured in an one page article about him in the  FLYING THE FLAG , an  online magazine about Athens, Texas.

 

11 JULY 2014

 JOHN SEIGENTHALER, MARRIED TO FORMER SINGER DOLORES WATSON, DIES AT 86

John  Seigenthaler, married to former singer Dolores Watson dies at 86. He was a legendary reporter for the Nashville Tennessean,  intimate confidante to two near-presidents and fierce advocate for racial equality. He died Friday at his Nashville home. He met Dolores when she was performing at Centennial Park, Nashville  on Father's Day in June 1953. They married in 1955 and Dolores gave up her singing career when her son John was born. Dolores was the featured female singer on the ABN RADIO "THE JIM REEVES SHOW".  Fortunately, quite a few of her performances on that show, have been commercially released on CD. 

We wish Mrs. Dolores Seigenthaler and her son John  our sympathy with the loss of husband and father. 

 

9 JULY 2014

BEAR FAMILY WINS “HISTORICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR” AT 2014 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS

Bear Family is the world’s greatest country reissue label, the greatest rock ‘n’ roll reissue label, and  it will  be the greatest blues/R&B reissue label, too! On May 8 in Memphis’s Cook Convention Center, the Blues Foundation announced the winners of the  35th annual Blues Music Awards , a  very prestigious award.  Bear Family won for ‘The Sun Blues Box‘.

In 2012 the Award for Distinguished Service to Historic Recordings was presented to Richard Weize. founder and CEO of Bear Family Records. The Award for Distinguished Service to Historic Recordings is presented annually to an individual who has made contributions of outstanding significance to the field of historic recordings in forms other than published works or discographic research.

Bear Family's latest Jim Reeves release is  the 3 CD box JIM REEVES - THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, PLUS, released  on June 27.

 

3 JULY 2014

ON JULY 31st  IT IS "JIM REEVES DAY" ON UKCOUNTRYRADIO.COM

They are making Thursday 31st July "Jim Reeves Day" on  UKCountryRadio.com. It marks the 50th anniversary of his death. "Gentleman Jim" died in a plane crash on 31st July 1964.

They'll be playing Jim Reeves songs throughout the day, and you can join Alan Potter for a special programme looking back on Jim's life between 9am and 9pm.

 

26 JUNE 2014

BRITISH COUNTRY MUSIC MAGAZINE " MAVERICK" PUBLISH A THREE PAGE ARTICLE "JIM REEVES 50 YEARS ON - REMEMBERING THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF A LEGEND"


The July/August 2014 issue of the British country music magazine "MAVERICK" publishes a three page article "Jim Reeves 50 
years on - Remembering the untimely death of a legend", and a review of the 2007 Bear Family album "Nashville Stars Auf Europa Tour", with recordings of the RCA 1964 tour. Both the article and review have been written by fan club member David Brassington.

To order a copy go to the website of MAVERICK

 

22 JUNE 2014

GRAND OLE OPRY PERFORMER JIMMY C. NEWMAN DIES AT 86


Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night in a Nashville hospital after a brief illness. We learned that a public service will be held on Wednesday, June 25 at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m.. It will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service only for close friends and family.
 

Jimmy C. Newman joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. He last performed there on Friday, June 6, 2014.

Jim Reeves is credited as composer of the song " STEP ASIDE SHALLOW WATER". The song was released by Jimmy C. Newman on DOT Records. A demo recording by Jim Reeves surfaced many years later on the Galaxy CD album JIM REEVES - THE LEGEND.

Tom Perryman, a close friend of Jimmy C.  Newman will remember him  in his radio program on KKUS from 9-11 a.m. CDT.

 

DUNDALKFM TO FEATURE A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE PROGRAM ON 22 JUNE 2014

 A pre recorded Jim Reeves program produced and presented by fan club member JIMMY NEARY  is due for transmission Tuesday the 24th of June, this week, at 8 pm Irish time.
 

The one hour program which is classified in the radio station schedule as 'Spotlight', is based mainly on Jim and his career, however it does also detail some Irish musicians who had been inspired by Jim and his music.

The Spotlight program on Tuesday is the first of a series of programs that multiple presenters will undertake for the next period. Unfortunately, it appears the schedule on the web has not of yet been updated and is outdated.

You can find the 'Listen Live' link on www.dundalkfm.com or www.jimmyneary.net

 

19 JUNE 2014

TOM PERRYMAN REPORTED THAT JIMMY C. NEWMAN NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS

 In his KKUS radio program of today, Tom Perryman reported that JIMMY C NEWMAN is in bad shape in a hospital in Nashville. Tom Perryman asked to put him on your list of prayers, as Jimmy really needs it.

 

17 JUNE 2014

DID YOU KNOW THAT  THE FEBRUARY 23, 1963 ISSUE OF " THE MUSIC REPORTER"  CARRIED A PICTURE OF "KING JIM"  REEVES ON THE FRONT COVER?

to read about it - click  here

 

9 JUNE 2014

15 PAGES FROM THE BOOKLET OF THE BEAR FAMILY'S  3 CD SET ON JIM REEVES - "THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, PLUS" CAN BE PREVIEWED

On June 27th, BEAR FAMILY RECORDS will release  a 3-CD Mini-Box: BCD 17356,  "Jim Reeves - The Complete Abbott Recordings, Plus".  The 3-CD Mini-Box contains 76 ABBOTT tracks, and comes with a 100-page booklet. Total playing time will be approximately 205 minutes. A fifteen page preview of the booklet has gone on line.

to view the preview of the booklet, click  here

to read more about the CD album, click  here

 

8 JUNE 2014

HANK SNOW INSTRUMENTAL VERSION OF ' AM I LOSING YOU' INCLUDED ON BEAR FAMILY 'S LATEST HANK SNOW RELEASE


On the occaision of the  100th anniversary of Hank Snow (He was born May 9, 1914) Bear Family has released a single CD entitled HIS MOST REQUESTED SONGS OF ALL TIME (BCD 17351).
   
As an bonus track it features an instrumental version of Jim's  'AM I LOSING YOU' , just Hank and his guitar, which Hank recorded on December 7, 1965.
 

http://www.bear-family.de/fr/bear-family-cd-cd-box/bear-family-hank-snow/hank-snow-s-most-requested-of-all-time.html

 

3 JUNE 2014

FORMER OPRY PHOTOGRAPHER FOR 32 YEARS, LES LEVERETT , WAS AMONG 10 PHOTOGRAPHERS HONOURED THAT PHOTOGRAPHED COUNTRY ARTISTS AND SITUATIONS

to read about it - click  here

 

27 MAY 2014

DID YOU KNOW IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 1955 JIM AND MARY REEVES SPENT TIME WITH THE PERRYMANS?

to read about it - click  here

 

21 MAY 2014

JOHN REX REEVES, NEPHEW OF JIM REEVES,  WAS GUEST ON TOM PERRYMAN'S RADIO SHOW TODAY

Tom Perryman had a special guest in his two hour radio program today, John Rex Reeves, nephew of Jim Reeves. They rekindled memories about Jim Reeves and Tom played a few tracks from John Rex's latest 16 track album "REMEMBERING JIM REEVES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH", to be released next week. They also talked about  the Jim Reeves 50 Year Anniversary Tribute Show, to be hosted by John Rex, at the Henderson Civic Theater on Friday July 25th.

to visit the website of John Rex Reeves  - click  here

click  here for the "REMEMBERING JIM REEVES" album

 

19 MAY 2014

DID YOU KNOW IN MARCH 1969 A JIM REEVES SONG DISPUTE WAS  SETTLED IN THE HIGH COURT IN LONDON, ENGLAND ?

to read about it - click  here

9 MAY 2014

BEAR FAMILY WILL RELEASE 3 CD SET ON JIM REEVES - "THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, PLUS"

On May 5, 2014 BEAR FAMILY RECORDS announced the release of  a 3-CD Mini-Box: BCD 17356,  "Jim Reeves - The Complete Abbott Recordings, Plus".  The 3-CD Mini-Box contains 76 ABBOTT tracks, and comes with a 100-page booklet. Total playing time will be approximately 205 minutes.

to read more about it - click  here

8 MAY 2014

SAD LETTER FROM BILL AND JEANNIE WALKER

With a heavy heart, I tell you that our precious Lisa passed away Sunday, May 4, at 5:00pm.  She hada brief, but difficult struggle with lung cancer, which had spread to her brain, pancreas and liver.  Her funeral is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, and will be held at Woodbine Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN.  Visitation is from 10:30am til 12:00pm.  Service is at 12:00 noon with Dr. Frank Lewis, pastor of First Baptist Church, Nashville, officiating.  Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts  for us all on her behalf.   

Much love, Jeanine & Bill Walker

We sent a letter with our  condolences and our warmest sympathy Bill and Jeannie.   Bill Walker was hired by Jim Reeves and arrived in America on the day that Jim Reeves was killed in an airplane accident, July 31st, 1964.

7 MAY 2014

DID YOU KNOW THAT LEO JACKSON WAS ONE OF THE PRESIDENTS OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB IN 1958?

to read about it - click  here

4 MAY 2014

LEO JACKSON REMEMBERED

Leo Jackson died 6 years ago today. A floral tribute from the fan club has been put on his grave.    

Please  click here to  read about it

 

29 APRIL 2014

DID YOU KNOW BY JUNE 1953, MITCHELL TOROK'S COMPOSITION OF "MEXICAN JOE" HAD BEEN RECORDED BY 8 DIFFERENT ARTISTS?

to read about it - click  here

23 APRIL 2014

DID YOU KNOW THAT AN  AMERICAN RADIO INDUSTRY MAGAZINE WITH A FOCUS ON ADVERTISING  PUBLISHED ARTICLES ABOUT THE ABN LIVE AMERICAN RADIO PROGRAMS?

In 1957, the magazine SPONSOR published a few articles about the ABN LIVE AMERICAN  radio programs. The JIM REEVES SHOW was one of the programs featured.

to read about it - click  here

 

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.

To read more about it - click here


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

To read more about it - click here

 

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."
 

To read more about it - click here

 

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?

To find out more -  click here

 

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?

To find out more  click here

 

 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?

            to view-  click here

 

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?

            to view-  click here

 

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?

To find out more -  click here

 

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.

To find out more -  click here

 

17 OCTOBER  2013

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


To find out more -  click here

 

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?

To find out more -  click here

 

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.

To find out more -  click here

 

9 OCTOBER  2013

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

To find out more -  click here

 

6 OCTOBER  2013

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

To find out more -  click here

 

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?

To find out more -  click here

 

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?

To find out more -  click here

 

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?

To find out more -  click here

 

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?

To find out more -
 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

   

 

19 SEPTEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW A BUNCH OF MUSIC BIZ CELEBRITIES ATTENDED JIM’S 40th BIRTHDAY BASH (OR WAS IT HIS 39th?)


The Music Reporter magazine gave heed to Jim’s birthday celebrations in it’s issue of 31st August 1963.

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

 

18 SEPTEMBER  2013

MARTY MARTEL REPORTS:

FOR SALE A  JIM REEVES PIANO

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

16 SEPTEMBER  2013

AMAZING DISCOVERY WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE

MYSTERY OF SUPPOSED JIM REEVES BEAR FAMILY RECORDINGS FINALLY SOLVED AFTER NEARLY 20 YEARS

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

11 SEPTEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW JIM WAS AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE BILL LYON'S FAN CLUB?
 

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

5 SEPTEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM'S SECRETARY JOYCE GRAY WAS ONCE A MEMBER OF THE DONNA DARLENE FAN CLUB?
 

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

2 SEPTEMBER  2013

DID YOU KNOW JIM'S EARLY SOUTH AFRICAN 78 RPM SHELLAC DISCS WERE  RELEASED ON THE  BRITISH DECCA LABEL?

 
Despite Gilbert Gibson's submission that Jim was not popular in South Africa until his 1960 hit "He'll have to go", there is evidence to show he had record releases in that country at least 5 years before.

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

28 AUGUST 2013

DID YOU KNOW THE SOUTH AFRICA SUNDAY EXPRESS REPORTER WENT A LITTLE ASTRAY IN HIS ARTICLE OF 9th SEPTEMBER 1962?

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

22 AUGUST 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE WILBURN BROTHERS FATHER WROTE A FAN LETTER TO JIM?

Please  click here to  read   about it

20 AUGUST 2013

HAPPY  90th BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Today would have been  Jim Reeves' 90th Birthday.  To celebrate it we share a never before published picture of Jim Reeves with you . A world wide exclusive, made possible by the generosity of    fan club member Mr. Frank C. Anderson. 

Jim Reeves backstage with one of his fans, Mr.  Frank Vesci. Picture, courtesy of  Frank C. Anderson

   

TOM PERRYMAN TO HOST A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON HIS 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' RADIO PROGRAM AT KKUS - THE RANCH ON AUGUST 20TH.

Today Tom Perryman will host a  Jim Reeves tribute in his 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' radio program at KKUS - THE RANCH'  in commemoration of Jim Reeves' Birthday. 

Tom's two- hourly program can be heard on weekdays from 9 am. till 11 am. Central Time Zone  at http://theranch.fm/ .

 

DID YOU KNOW JIM CELEBRATED HIS 39th BIRTHDAY IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA?


On Monday 20th August 1962 Jim was about to commence his South African tour at the Ellis Park Centre Court Stadium in Johannesburg. The day also marked his 39th birthday. Before the performance he sent off a letter home for the benefit of all his fans. The letter was to be included in the August issue of the US fan club magazine.
 

 To read the letter click here

 

18 AUGUST 2013

LETTER FROM PHILIP CALE'S SISTER

We have received an appreciative letter from the sister of Philip Cale

Please  click here to  read  it

TOMPALL GLASER - COUNTRY OUTLAW DIES AT 79 AFTER LONG ILLNESS

Please  click here to  read more about it

 

17 AUGUST 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT BOTH JIM REEVES AND ELVIS PRESLEY OWNED A MARTIN D28 GUITAR?

Please  click here to  read   about it

13 AUGUST 2013

WORLDWIDE SCOOP
A TIME-LINE BONANZA


I
f you aren’t one of those Jim Reeves fans who has an incessant desire to know what he did on a daily basis, then you’d better leave the room now, or search for another website!

Click here to  read it

 

12 AUGUST 2013

TOM PERRYMAN HONOURED WITH THE "2013 PIONEER BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR" AWARD

On August 9 2013, Tom Perryman,  was honoured with the "2013 Pioneer broadcaster of the Year" award at the Texas Association of Broadcaster's Annual Awards Gala in Austin, Texas. Tom Perryman began his career in broadcasting in 1947  He and Jim Reeves together  bought radio station KGRI in  Henderson, the same station Jim Reeves started his broadcasting career after he stopped playing baseball .

 

KYTX TV from Longview, Tx. carried the following  news item  about it. 

More info about it on the TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS website  here .

 

 

11 AUGUST 2013

COULD THIS BE GILBERT GIBSON'S FIRST PUBLISHED STORY IN THE UK?

To read the article from the UK's "Record Mirror" of 25th March 1972 by a young Tony Byworth, their country music reporter.

Click here to  read it

SINGER EYDIE GORME DIES AT AGE 84

Yesterday, singer Eydie Gorme,  has died after a short illness in Las Vegas at the age of 84. Her husband Steve Lawrence and their son were at her bedside when she passed away. Her greatest hit was the 1963 hit "Blame It On The Bossa Nova" Together with Jim Reeves she was one of the guests on an episode of "The Jimmy Dean Show" in  1964.

 

9 AUGUST 2013

THE ORIGINS OF A SUSPECT TALE FROM SOUTH AFRICA
or
It is unwise to cast aspersions on fan clubs. They have a habit of coming back to bite!

 

Senior Jim Reeves historian Mr. David Bussey has written a three part essay on a story from South Africa which has circulated for some 47 years. It was created & perpetuated by the first Jim Reeves spin doctor.

Please  click here to  read  it

 

7 / 8 AUGUST 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM USED A LOS ANGELES PRINTER TO PRINT MANY OF HIS EARLY SHOW POSTERS? 

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

31 JULY / 1 AUGUST 2013

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 49 years ago the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel ended when their single engined Beechraft Debonair crashed in Brentwood, TN, a few miles from the Nashville airport.  Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today.

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

30 JULY 2013

DID YOU KNOW THE FIRST FAN CLUB IN GREAT BRITAIN WAS STARTED BY A MR. ANDREW JORDAN IN MANCHESTER? (NOW THAT NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR)


It is not known exactly when the ANDREW JORDAN JIM REEVES CLUB was formed, but it seems likely it was while Jim was still alive, as the typed biography he sent out was written in the present tense.

David Bussey can't remember how he found out about the club, but he sent off his 5 shillings membership fee to join.


For weeks he heard absolutely nothing. Then on 21st February 1965 he read a copy of the national newspaper, the Sunday People and was shocked. He wrote off again to Mr. Jordan saying in strong terms that the complainants in the newspaper had actually received something - he had received nothing! Mr. Jordan sent him 2 copies of the same poor quality photo plus the 2 page biography still written in the present tense, but no black-edged memoriam card. He vowed to carry on with his club.

Just how many hundreds of fans parted with their 5 shillings is unknown, but thankfully Mr. Jordan was never heard of again in connection with the memory of Jim Reeves.


To read the newspaper article & Jim Reeves biography
click here.

 

29 JULY 2013

DID YOU KNOW JOYCE JACKSON ATTENDED A SEARCH PARTY FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL?

Please  click here to  read   about this world exclusive

 

27 JULY 2013

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT A NEW CD BY JIM ISFORTHCOMING?

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

24 JULY 2013

I have discovered a press cutting from 1972 with a picture of Philip Cale + an article, in scrapbook no.12.
 

Philip Cale, I counted as a friend until his dying day and that friendship was created because of our fan club. It lasted for 47 years without a single e-mail. Now that must count for something.

The reason Jim's music is still popular after 50 years is down, not to any number of successful or unsuccessful fan clubs that might have been around, or those who ran them, but solely his fans who bought, played & requested his music during those 5 decades.

I desire to pay tribute to those individuals, many no longer with us, who spent a lifetime generously helping & supporting Jim's music & memory. The Official British Jim Reeves Fan Club was first & foremost a fan organisation with a common aim where all could contribute. I'm sure the Dutch Club began the same way. Such groups are just brushed aside today by the elitist webmasters & so-called authorities the other side of the water who consider themselves far superior to a group of people who belong to an affectionately named "European fan site." But things are much different now and all these "Johnny come latelies" who have mysteriously appeared since 1998 and consider themselves experts in the field are no longer FANS in the sense they were 50 years ago. Where were these individuals when it mattered?? Things can never be the same, but it is my intention, one way or another, to pay due tribute to all those individuals I personally got to know via the fan club, many of whom are still supportive.
 

Please click here  to view and  the newspaper cutting


 

24 JULY 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT FREDERICK J.  BUNYAN WROTE AN   ARTICLE   “FINAL FLIGHT  -  JIM REEVES”?
 

In the book to end all books, the author devotes much time and effort into formulating his opinionated disquisition into the most nauseous & repugnant part of his story -  the tragic, untimely death of Jim Reeves in an air crash.  Using pilot Bill Larson as his star witness with 42 mentions,  the blow by blow narrative is expounded at a rate of knots.

 But there was another player in this sad story who the author seems to brush aside almost disdainfully.   Mr. Frederick J. Bunyan, with a mere 11 throwaway namedropping referrals as “salesman” and finally “hustler” is given short shrift.  Once you have read his article you will appreciate his story should have equal billing with Mr. Larson’s.

 Not a great deal is known of Mr. Bunyan.  If he hadn’t been a seriously qualified individual, he would not have had his position with Southeastern Beechcraft in Nashville.   He was born 18th September 1921 & died in Nashville 10th May 1994 aged 72.  In fact, on 1st January 1966 he had a book published in the Modern Aircraft Series entitled “Your Jet Pilot Rating.”

Mr. Bunyan's article was published originally in the New Dutch Jim Reeves Fan Club magazine No 13 of August 1978.  It had a 2 page addendum to Bunyan's 3 page piece written by Arie den Dulk.   It re-appeared in book no. 33 of David Bussey’s scrapbooks in between adverts for John Rex Reeves’ 1978 UK tour. 

 

To read  Fred J. Bunyan’s article - click here

 

 

23  JULY 2013

SAD NEWS ABOUT A JIM REEVES FAN

 

Please click here  to read the full story

 



19  JULY 2013

DID YOU KNOW SOME OLD POSTCARDS CAN BE UTTERLY REVEALING?

 

Especially ones 68 years old concerning & written by Jim Reeves.

David Bussey, author of the essay, wishes to state categorically that to the best of his knowledge, the material contained therein, does not appear in either of the published Jim Reeves biographies or in any other publication. He has researched on the internet & in his archives to create a fascinating piece of work. He made a point of not using other author's material.

 

Please click here  to read the full story

 

15  JULY 2013

FAN CLUB SCRAPBOOKS RETURN TO THEIR RIGHTFUL HOME & MYSTERY OF FAN'S MISSING MAMMOTH RECORD COLLECTION FINALLY SOLVED
 

The 41 scrapbooks collected & compiled by David Bussey during his tenure running the Official Jim Reeves Fan Club of Great Britain between 1966 & 1977 have finally returned home.

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

10  JULY 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES ONCE HAD A SECRETARY CALLED MARY SHANNON?
 

In a 1980 interview with BBC Radio 2 producer Colin Chandler, Mary Reeves Davis discusses things.

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

 4 JULY 2013


A WORLD EXCLUSIVE - DJ TOM PERRYMAN PLAYS JIM REEVES REQUEST ON HIS JULY 2ND SHOW AND REVEALS STARTLING NEW INFORMATION


On Tuesday, July 2nd, Tom Perryman played a Jim Reeves song for David Bussey who ran the Official Jim Reeves fan club of Great Britain, and who is considered to be the senior Jim Reeves historian.

Tom Perryman read the letter David had written in which he asked Tom to play the song "I never pass there anymore". (A song written by Harlan Howard and recorded by Jim for possible single release in 1961, RCA passed on it and it was eventually used on the 1963 album "Gentleman Jim.") Tom remembered that David had bumped nose-first into a glass door in his house during a visit there 40 years ago in 1973! After playing the song, he replied to questions posed by David. According to Henderson banker John Wright who had been interviewed in the seventies by Tom for his radio documentary, Jim had loaned $1800 from the National Citizen's bank to buy their first house in Henderson, Texas. In the interview it was referred to by Tom as "a concrete blockhouse" (i.e. made from large blocks of concrete). Tom, his wife Billie & baby daughter Vicki had visited there in 1951. During a subsequent trip to Dallas with Tom to the record distributors to pick up deejay singles, Jim went to numerous paintstores to find out what paint would stick to those concrete blocks. The house was on Jacksonville Drive in Henderson and Tom believes it is still there.

Please  click here to  listen to it

 

3 JULY 2013

    DID YOU KNOW SOMEONE AT RCA ITALIANA FORGOT TO POST JIM'S POSTCARD HOME?

Please  click here to  read about it.

 

 

 25 JUNE  2013

A WORLD EXCLUSIVE -  A LETTER WAS SOLD  ON EBAY  AT THE  END OF MAY 2013  FOR $20.50

The letter dated Wednesday 5th December 1962, was from a disc jockey to Jim Reeves. It became the prelude to a horrific sequence of triple/tragedies on Friday 25th January 1963, Tuesday 5th March 1963 & Thursday 7th March 1963. 

Please  click here to  read   about it

 

24 JUNE 2013

    DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES WAS A GENE AUTRY FAN?

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20 JUNE 2013

    DID YOU KNOW THE FIRST REFERENCE TO JIM REEVES IN "THE BILLBOARD MAGAZINE" WAS IN .....    

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 Please  click here to  read  more about it

 Please  click here to  view  the 'Shreveport Times'  'Remembering Frank Page' gallery

 

 

19 JUNE  2013

SLIM WHITMAN DIES AT AGE 90

 

Slim Whitman died of heart failure overnight on Wednesday 19 June 2013 at the Orange Park Medical Centre in Jacksonville, Florida, at age 90. 

It was breaking news on many European newspaper websites and television news programs at just before 18.00 hours CET.


Slim Whitman, was born as Otis Dewey Whitman, Jr. on January 20, 1924 in Tampa, Florida and was living in Middleburg, Florida.

He released his first single in 1948 and joined the Louisiana Hayride. He had a few big hits such as "Love Song of the Waterfall" and "Indian Love Call".

Jim was at a recording session in the studio of KWKH and after finishing "Penny Candy" wanted to do another song but they had to leave the studio as Slim Whitman had arrived and wanted to record a few songs. Slim Whitman was at that time a bigger star than Jim Reeves. Leo remembered it well, as it was his first recording session with Jim. 
On a few occasions they both performed, but not at the same time on the Hayride stage.

Tommy Overstreet remembered that when he was 16 years old, he appeared weekly on a local TV show in Abilene, Texas called "The Slim Willet Show". Each week Slim had him sing a Slim Whitman song. He was an idol of Tommy, and later he got to know him. David Houston and him loved his singing and copied him as best they could.

Slim Whitman was very popular in the British Isles and I remember attending a sold-out show he did in Croydon, near London, in the early 90's.

 

Please  click here to  read  more about it

 

 18 JUNE  2013

A WORLD EXCLUSIVE - A HOUSE WHERE JIM AND MARY ONCE LIVED IS FOR SALE

The house at 609 North Marshall Street, in Henderson, Texas, where once Jim and Mary Reeves lived, is for sale.

When Jim's baseball career finished due to a leg injury, he became a disc jockey at radio station KGRI in Henderson. It is not certain how long they lived there, but there is documentation proving they lived at that address in 1952 until they moved to Longview where Jim worked at KLTI for a few months in early 1952.

It is curious that the only mention of this address is in the Jim Reeves biography by Mike Streissguth.

You can read details and view pictures of the house here.

 

 11 JUNE  2013

A "DID YOU KNOW?" POSTING MENTIONED ON STEVIE MOORE'S WEBSITE


It is regarded as a great honour that a recent posting on the "Did you know?" section of this website by senior Jim Reeves historian and founder of the former OFFICIAL JIM REEVES FAN CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN, got a mention on the website of R. Stevie Moore,  who in an e-mail to David Bussey, gave the piece his full blessing & seal of approval. His words showed his regret: "Oh man, if only a camera had captured me and Jim together that day. Just once. Sadly, only a memory. And a great timeless record."

R. Stevie Moore is well known to Jim Reeves fans for his part on the "But you love me daddy" recording. Go to: www.rsteviemoore.com/news.html#aNEWS

 

  4  JUNE 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT THURSDAY, 15TH OCTOBER 1959 WAS A MEMORABLE DAY NOT JUST FOR JIM REEVES?

Jim Reeves would never forget the recording session of that morning. He covered Billy Brown's "He'll have to go" and everyone in the studio knew he had a smash. His life was at a low ebb at the time - shortly no secretary, no band, no manager and no money. He desperately needed a hit record. This was to be a red-letter day with his career about to be reborn.

Please  click here to  read  more about it

 

 19 MAY 2013

DID YOU KNOW  IT WASN'T JUST TWENTY FIRST CENTURY AUTHORS STILL HOPING FOR MILEAGE IN THEIR CONSPIRACY THEORIES? 

Please  click here to  read  about it

 

5 MAY 2013

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF LEO JACKSON'S DEATH

On May 4, it was the fifth anniversary of Leo Jackson's death.  For ten years, from 1954 till Jim's death,  Leo played lead guitar for Jim Reeves.  There is little doubt that Leo's  guitar playing contributed to the unique sound of  many Jim Reeves recordings.

Leo will also be remembered  for relentless promoting of Jim Reeves' music and history in radio programs and interviews over the years.

Click here to  read  about and view pictures of a visit  of Leo and a  few of his friends to  RCA Studio B in April 2003. It was in that recording studio Jim Reeves recorded a large number of his greatest hits.

 26 APRIL 2013

GEORGE JONES DIED AT AGE 81

Today, George Jones, another Country Music Legend,  died, aged 81. He had been admitted to a Nashville hospital with high fiver and irregular blood pressure, a week ago.

George's career spanned a period of 60 years. He was still very active and performed in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 8.  George was about to go back to the studios to record an album  with Dolly Parton.  

On a number of occasions George Jones performed at the same show with Jim Reeves. One of these was at the Civic Center,  Saginaw, Michigan on October 30, 1958. Other Grand Ole Opry stars on that show were  Jean Shepard and  Faron Young.

 20 APRIL 2013

JOHNNY RUSSELL HONOURED WITH MARKER ON THE MISSISSIPPI TRAIL

Grand Ole Opry star Johnny Russell who died in 2001,  has been honoured  with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail in Moorhead  on March 25, 2013.

Johnny Russell was born in Moorhead, Miss., in 1940. Jim Reeves recorded one of Johnny's  first songs "In a Mansion Stands My Love,", on October 15, 1959. It  became the flip side of  "He'll Have to Go.",  which became a number One hit of Jim Reeves.

Unfortunately the marker does not mention that song but three other ones, including "Act Naturally" which was recorded by  famous artists such  Buck Owens and The Beatles.

Other country music artists  from the state of Mississippi who have been honoured with a marker  are Jimmie Rodgers, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty,  Elvis Presley, Charley Pride and Faith Hill. The Country Music Trail commemorates their many varied contributions and influences as well as the places that cradled their creativity.


Please  click here to  read  it

 

 14 APRIL 2013

DID YOU KNOW THAT JIM REEVES WAS NOT THE FIRST TO RECOGNIZE THE POP POTENTIAL OF THE SONG 'MISSING YOU'?

Please  click here to  read  about it

   

 

31 MARCH 2013

CHRIST IS RISEN - HE IS RISEN INDEED!


Sunday, March 31st 2013 is Easter Day. Easter is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the churches year. May we take this opportunity of wishing everyone a joyful and pleasant Eastertide.

Sunday, March 31st 2013 also marks the birthday of David Bussey. He has reached the biblical milestone of three score years and ten. We also take this opportunity to wish him many happy returns of the day and to thank him for 5 decades of loyal service to the music & memory of Jim Reeves.

 

27 MARCH 2013

GORDON STOKER, MEMBER OF THE JORDANAIRES, DIES AT AGE 88

Gordon Stoker, who was member of the vocal group the Jordanaires died today, March 27, aged 88, after a long illness.

Gordon Stoker could be heard singing background vocals as member of the Jordanaires on many Jim Reeves recordings.  The first  session, produced by Chet Atkins,  was on 7 February 1957. Jim recorded "Four Walls", "Honey Won't you please come home", "Look behind you", The Gods were angry with me", and "I know and you know" .

On two occasions I met and interviewed the Jordanaires in The Netherlands.  A few years ago I called Gordon and interviewed him about Jim Reeves by phone. That interview was published in an issue of the fan club magazine.

I offer condolences, also in behalf of members of the fan club, to the family of Gordon Stoker.  

 

25 MARCH 2013

RECENT DEATHS

In recent months three old country music musicians with connections to Jim Reeves' career, have died.

On October 12, 2012  Clifton "Van" Vandevender, better known as Van Howard died at age 83. He had joined the Louisiana Hayride in 1951 and worked there with many county music stars, including Jim Reeves, before joining the band of Ray Price.

On January 22, 2013 Tony Douglas dies, aged 83. He too had joined the Louisiana Hayride after Jim Reeves had left, but on December 13,1958 they performed at the Louisiana  Hayride.

On March 7, 2013 Claude King, of "Wolverton Mountain" fame died, aged 80. He too had joined the Louisiana Hayride but it is not known if they performed at the  "Hayride" on the same night(s). They did perform on the same show at The Temple ( Texas) Municipal Auditorium on November 17th, 1953 and in early 1954 at the Boy's Club Building in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  

  

  6 MARCH 2013

INTERESTING POSTING ON THE JOHN REX REEVES WEBSITE


It would appear a very interesting posting was overlooked on the John Rex Reeves website on 19th January 2013. The posting on the Guestbook was from Don M. Howard on the subject of his mother Bea Terry who died in 1997.


Mr. Howard, born Don Michael Hockett in Hunt, Texas in 1939, the only son from Bea's first marriage, provided all the composite detail and paperwork on the story of his mother's liaison with Jim Reeves. He first met Jim Reeves as a young teenager and followed his mother's career as a journalist and publicist into the music business on the West Coast to become a promoter, agent and personal manager, booking such artistes as Freddy Weller, Slim Whitman, Bonnie Guitar, Slim Whitman and Kathy Taylor (who he also managed).

Mr. Howard, opening his piece with "There has been much suggestions about my mother Bea Terry," seems desperate to play down and soften the relationship between his mother and Jim, which has already been portrayed as much more adulterous and torrid. It is difficult to imagine what has suddenly caused this outburst of damage limitation, much like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

Mr. Howard did at one time express the wish to put out a book on the life and times of his mother, though the nucleus of any saga has already been well scattered on the four winds.

 

Please  click here to  read  about it

 

5 MARCH 2013

TODAY 50 YEARS AGO ....

Today 50 years ago Jim Reeves recorded three songs in Nashville's famous RCA Studio B, from  7pm till 10 pm; 'The world you left behind' , 'I've enjoyed as much of this as I can stand', and 'Don't let me crossover'.

Two days earlier, in Kansas City, George Jones, Bill Walker, Dottie West, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, Cowboy Copus, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Patsy Cline, and a few other artists  were performing at  a benefit for the family of disk jockey Cactus Jack Call, who'd  been killed in a car crash. 

On  March 5, at noon,  Cowboy Copus, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Patsy Cline flew back to Nashville in a small plane piloted by Patsy's manager Randy Hughes. At around 6.09 pm the plane flew into bad weather and crashed some 85 miles from Nashville, in a forest near Camden, Tennessee.

Patsy was buried at Winchester, Virginia on March 8. Jim Reeves already had left for South Africa to play a part in a movie. From there Jim sent telegrams of condolences to the bereaved families.   

   

26 FEBRUARY 2013

DID YOU KNOW YOU SHOULDN'T ALWAYS BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ IN "BILLBOARD" MAGAZINE?

Please  click here to  read  about it

 

20 FEBRUARY 2013

HOW ABOUT IT SONY?

At the end of last year Sony Music released as part of their Columbia Legacy Series a 63 cd (yes, that's really 63 cd's!) boxed-set entitled "Johnny Cash - the Complete Columbia Collection" at a simply astounding price of around £130, working out at not much more than £2 per cd. Nothing but 5 star reviews and comments like "Quite simply the best ever country music release", the set contains every official LP from 1958 - 1985 and more. Certainly, if you're a Johnny Cash fan of any year's standing, this set is for you.

Now that Sony have shown the superb job they have done with Cash, it would be a nice gesture to repeat the process to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jim Reeves' passing. A complete collection of his work at a similar budget price would appeal to all those fans who couldn't afford to avail themselves of the pricey Bear Family set and would then have a chance to complete their collections, or replace some old vinyl.

How about it Sony??????
?

24 JANUARY 2013

JIM'S TEXAS SAYING GIVEN NEW LEASE OF LIFE AFTER 48 YEARS


Late February/early March 1964 Jim went into the Starday studios to demo Alex Zanetis songs. Seven songs were copyrighted on 3rd March. After four attempts at starting "The writings on the wall", Jim is heard to say "I can't sing this damn song. I can't sing anything - half drunk & it's dark thirty."

"Dark thirty" was obviously one of the many Texas sayings he would frequently utter, but until now to most fans it's meaning remained conjectural. It could have meant "very late or very early time of the day", "some unspecified time between midnight & dawn" or as we might say today "in the wee small hours" or "at the crack of dawn."

Fast forward 48 years and the U.S. blockbuster "Zero Dark Thirty" brings the words into modern parlance. The film is a controversial chronicle of the CIA's decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 2011 attacks and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. It has been nominated for numerous awards.

The film's working title was "For God & Country." The title "Zero Dark Thirty" was officially confirmed at the end of the film's teaser trailer. The director explained that "...it's a military term for 30 minutes after midnight and it refers to the darkness & secrecy that cloaked the entire decade-long mission."

The film goes on general release in the United Kingdom from 25th January.

 

17 JANUARY 2013

DO YOU KNOW THE REAL STORY SURROUNDING THOSE 1961 OIL WELL INVESTMENTS?

Please  click here to  read  about it

 

 11 JANUARY 2013

FRANK PAGE , OF KWKH 'LOUISIANA HAYRIDE' FAME DIES AT AGE 87

Frank Page, veteran broadcaster of the Louisiana Hayride, died late Wednesday, January 9,  after fighting complications with pneumonia, he was 87. He had been in the intensive care unit at WK Pierremont Health Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Frank joined KWKH in 1947 and became an announcer at the 'Louisiana Hayride' in 1949. He retired in 2006 after being employed by KWKH  for 59 years!  Frank has been inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Wall of Fame in Shreveport.

Frank announced later to become famous stars on the Hayride, such as Hank Williams, Web Pierce, Johnny Horton, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, and a lot of other artists, some who would eventually make it to the 'Grand Ole Opry', others who would pass into oblivion. Fortunately quite a number of audio recordings of the show survived and performances of some artists  have even been released on CD. Jim Reeves joined KWKH  first as an announcer in December 1952, (KLSA News 12 reporter Willard Woods erroneously reported the year as 1950),  before joining the 'Hayride'.

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Frank Page and his business partner David Kent backstage at the revamped 'KWKH Louisiana Hayride show' in Bossier City, Louisiana, in July 1977. That interview has appeared in one of the early issues of the fan club magazine. 

 

3 JANUARY 2013

 WE WISH YOU ALL A  HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2013!

 

24 DECEMBER 2012

DID YOU KNOW THAT ...?

Did you know that the song "Blue Christmas"  was one of Jim's favourite Christmas songs?

 Please  click here to  read  about it

JIM REEVES WITH 3 SONGS IN THE  DUTCH RADIO 2  'TOP 2000' CHART  LIST
 

There are 3 Jim Reeves songs in the Dutch Radio 2 'Top 2000' chart list of 2012, to be played on radio from Tuesday December 25 at noon till Monday December 31, at midnight. The 3 Jim Reeves songs and their positions are: 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 positions of the songs in the list of the previous two years are within brackets. Note that the song 'HE'LL HAVE TO GO' which had disappeared , re-entered the list this year. 
 

 Please  click here to  listen to Radio 2 on the internet and select the option 'luister' or 'webcam' on the right hand side of the web page.

 

19 DECEMBER 2012

JIM REEVES RECORDED A CHRISTMAS ALBUM 50 YEARS AGO


It is just over 50 years ago that Jim Reeves recorded 11 Christmas songs in two recording sessions in Nashville's famous RCA Studio B. On October 19, 1962, from 14.00 till 17.30 hours, five songs were recorded, and one week later, on October 25, from 19.00 till 23.00 hours, six songs were recorded.

 

 Please  click here to  read  about it

 

 9 DECEMBER 2012

LOUIS NUNLEY, FORMER MEMBER OF THE ANITA KERR SINGERS, DIES AT 81


Louis Nunley, who was a member of THE ANITA KERR SINGERS and who can be heard on many Jim Reeves' records, died on October 26, 2012.  Louis joined the Anita Kerr Singers in 1953 and remained a member until 1965 when Anita Kerr disbanded the Nashville operation when she moved to Los Angeles.   In 1999 Louis replaced  Duane Lewis, who in turn had replaced Hoyt Hawkins, as baritone of THE JORDANAIRES.   The house of Louis and his wife Mary Ann was badly hit by the May 2010 Tennessee Floods.   

 Please  click here to  read his obituary

 

5 DECEMBER 2012

DID YOU KNOW THAT ...?

 

Did you know that in April & May 1964, correspondence was exchanged between Jim Reeves & a Canadian promoter with regard to a possible show in Ontario in September of that year?

 Please  click here to  read more about it

 

3 DECEMBER 2012

THE ENGLISH EDITION OF FAN CLUB MAGAZINE No. 132 HAS BEEN MAILED TO MEMBERS


The latest English edition of the fan club magazine has been mailed to the membership. The main article features the concluding part of a 1973 interview of Chet Atkins on Jim Reeves, by the Dean of Jim Reeves fans, Mr. David Bussey. The Dutch edition will be dispatched within two weeks.

We have a special offer  for those two issues of the fan club magazine in which the interview got printed,  to non fan club members at a special price.

Please click here to  read more about the 1973 Chet Atkins interview and the special offer,  and view a few pictures from Mr. David Bussey's collection of the persons he has interviewed in Nashville in 1984. 
 

1 DECEMBER 2012

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

 

29 NOVEMBER 2012

 MARKETING MAYHEM OR THE END OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP?


The much publicised marriage made in heaven between Messrs. Brink & Jordan to create the mighty H&H/Voicemasters label for Jim Reeves' recording, production and distribution in the European marketplace appears to have hit an impasse.

Reeves' fans and collectors are questioning the wisdom of why two simultaneous releases aimed at the lucrative Christmas market have not appeared where sales potential is the greatest & they sell most copies, that is in the shops on the high street, and why Steve Brink put out H&H's own 2cd + dvd set "A touch of velvet" in direct competition with Larry Jordan's 2 cd set "The new recordings."

H&H's connection and involvement with both sets is plain to see and surely it would have made more marketing sense to put their weight behind a release containing "new" recordings. One would assume that buyers at big companies like HMV would jump with excitement at having a "new" album by Reeves at Christmas time.

It seems bizarre and ironic that a release, purported to be fashioned and printed in the UK, can only be purchased from the States by fans with a computer. This matter in question has been put to Steve Brink, but so far no answer.

"Once in a blue moon" is a pointed phrase to replace the Voicemasters label logo, or "Here today & gone tomorrow" might be more apt. The Jordan cd "The new recordings" is purely a ploy to sell copies of an "award winning" book. So far, if anyone wants the cd (with or without the book), it remains firmly rooted in Amazon.com & ebay.

However, the best track on the set is available to download on You tube.
Now that's a great marketing ploy!!

 

18 NOVEMBER 2012

FORGOTTEN INTERVIEW ACCEPTED BY NASHVILLE'S COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM


On 14th November 2012 a long forgotten 1973 interview between David Bussey and Chet Atkins was accepted into the archives of the oral history collection of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville. Senior Historian John W. Rumble said in his acceptance letter "I'm delighted to receive your interview with Chet Atkins, and we'll be proud to add this to our archives."

John joined the staff in 1982 as director of the oral history project. He was editor and also a contributor to the superb book "Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player" published in 2011 by the Country Music Foundation Press. The book contains several references to, and photos of Jim Reeves.

The transcribed interview article featured in the last issue of the Jim Reeves Fan Club Magazine and will conclude in the forthcoming issue along with the complete acceptance letter from Mr. Rumble.

 

11 NOVEMBER 2012

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

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

Click here to  read about it

 

 

23 OCTOBER 2012  

PICTURE OF OCTOBER 19, 1962 JIM REEVES RECORDING SESSION

The Nashville Tennessean newspaper published a NASHVILLE THEN: OCTOBER 1962  picture gallery on its website. Among the 64 pictures are six ( pictures 31 - 37) taken by photographer Joe Rudis  on October 19, 1962 when Jim Reeves recorded his first and only Christmas album in RCA Studio B. Pictures shows Jim Reeves singing "White Christmas", musicians Floyd Cramer, Bill Pursell ( who strikes the chimes), Velma Smith, The Anita Kerr Singers, Jim and Chet (Atkins) and Bill Porter in  the control room, and Jim listening to playback from one of the (large) speakers.  

Visit the Nashville Tennessean picture gallery here.

 

22 OCTOBER 2012  

LEO JACKSON WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED HIS 78TH BIRTHDAY TODAY

Leo Jackson, who played lead guitar for Jim Reeves from 1954 till Jim's death in 1964, would have celebrated his 78th Birthday today. Leo has been a friend  with whom I corresponded by letter, phone, e-mail and fax for about 17 years. You can read a fax he had sent me in April 1997  here.

 

14 OCTOBER 2012  

TOM PERRYMAN ELECTED INTO THE COUNTRY LINE MAGAZINE HALL OF FAME

The Country Line Magazine recently reported; "Throughout his career Tom has received many recognition awards. He’s a member of the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and won numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year he was inducted into the County Line Magazine Hall of Fame for winning Best DJ in the Upper East Side of Texas four years in a row." The July issue of that magazine featured an article about Tom's 65th anniversary in the radio and music industry.

The October 2012  issue featured an article about the Reo Palm Isle, Jim's former stomping ground, which reopened earlier this year after  being closed for a year.  Two weeks ago Tom played a recording of Jim Reeves singing a jazzy version of "GOT YOU ON MY MIND" on his radio show. Tom mentioned he went one afternoon in 1952 to record a rehearsal because they sponsored part the "Hillbilly Hit Parade" on KSIJ . Jim was there and did three songs, including this one. Everybody loved to dance to Jim's singing. Tom probably used  a Wollensack or very probably a Magnacorder recorder and picked the sound up from the PA system by the voice microphone. The other two songs he did are "YOU BELONG TO ME" and "TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND HOLD ME" and are in the BEAR FAMILY 's JIM REEVES  16 CD set. "GOT YOU ON MY MIND" has not been released in full by a record company yet.

29 SEPTEMBER 2012  

LARRY CUNNINGHAM DIES AT AGE 74

Irish singer Larry Cunningham died last night at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin following an illness, aged 74. On Friday 7th June 1963 Jim Reeves was scheduled to do a show in Lifford, County Donegal. That night the piano was not only out of tune but had a few broken  strings too. After a few minutes, Jim decided to leave the stage. To prevent the hall from being demolished by the 1500 fans who had come to see Jim were very disappointed and very angry, Larry Cunningham ( and his band the Mighty Avons) stepped in sang for an hour Jim Reeves' songs. Larry's singing career really took of when in December 1964 he and his band had with the song "A tribute to Jim Reeves' a Top-10 hit in the Britsh charts. Incidentally that was the first Irish record in that chart. Besides a large number of his regular albums, Larry also recorded 2 Jim Reeves' tribute Long Play albums.

I interviewed Larry Cunningham in a room at the historic 'The Greville Arms Hotel Granard', in Longford and which was published in the fan club magazine. Ill health prevented Larry to attend our 2006 Fan club meeting.

('The Greville Arms Hotel Granard', in Longford  is historically linked to Irish revolutionary leader Micheal Collins,  he visited the hotel regularly as it was the home of his fiancé to be Kitty Kiernan.)

Read Larry Cunnigham's biography  here.
Click  here  for RTE  television news reports
Please read also the latest entry on our  'DID YOU KNOW?  section.
 

31 AUGUST 2012  

JIM REEVES SPECIAL - RADIO RIDDERKERK

Op zondag 2 september, van 17.00 tot 18.00 uur, staat de Amerikaanse country-zanger Jim Reeves centraal in het radioprogramma ´The Story Of´ bij  Radio Ridderkerk.  Radio Ridderkerk zendt ook uit op het  internet.

On Sunday 2 September, from 17.00 hours CET till 18.00 hours CET, Radio Ridderkerk will broadcast a Jim Reeves special, "The Story Of ..."   You can listen to Radio Ridderkerk on the  internet.

 

30 AUGUST 2012  

'BALIN' WIRE BOB STRACK PASSES

Robert Henry 'Balin' Wire Bob' Strack, died on Friday, August 17, 2012 after battling Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia. He was almost 90 years old.

Bob Strack replaced Jim Reeves on 'RED RIVER ROUNDUP' radio program on KWKH after Jim had left Shreveport for Nashville. In the July 1955 issue of  'COUNTRY  & WESTERN JAMBOREE', Bob reported:  "Jim Reeves has a new band now called THE WAGON MASTERS with Sonny Trammel  on steel and Leo Jackson on lead guitar." Incidentally, it was Sonny Trammel who, probably around that time,  had taken a picture of Elvis Presley at the Louisiana Hayride, and on it Leo Jackson was partially visible.

26 AUGUST 2012  

UPDATE ABOUT TOM PERRYMAN

On August 20th, Tom Perryman would have hosted a  Jim Reeves tribute in his 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' radio program at KKUS - THE RANCH'  in commemoration of what would have been Jim Reeves' 89th Birthday.  Tom usually doesn't do a Jim Reeves tribute on July 31st but on August 20th, Jim's Birthday  instead.  A number of Jim Reeves fans reported they were disappointed that Tom couldn't broadcast the tribute due to being ill.  Tom returned to the show on Tuesday but did not return the next day. He had experienced a very busy period of 8 days in which he was one of the major guests at the 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley at Graceland, and attended the 15th Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame Award Show in Carthage on August 18. Tom discovered that his body couldn't take at age 85, what it could 60 years earlier, he was suffering from back problems. I got in touch with Tom today, and he informed me he was feeling much better and was planning to be back on the air tomorrow.

21 AUGUST 2012  

AT THE END OF 2012,  82% OF JIM'S  RCA RECORDED MATERIAL  ( A TOTAL OF 282 SONGS) WILL BE OUT OF COPYRIGHT IN THE U.K.

Read more about it  here.

 

19 AUGUST 2012  

TOM PERRYMAN TO HOST A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON HIS 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' RADIO PROGRAM AT KKUS - THE RANCH ON AUGUST 20TH.

On August 20th, Tom Perryman will host a  Jim Reeves tribute in his 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' radio program at KKUS - THE RANCH'  in commemoration of what would have been Jim Reeves' 89th Birthday. 

Tom's two- hourly program can be heard on weekdays from 9 am. till 11 am. Central Time Zone  at http://theranch.fm/ .

 

31 JULY 2012  

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 48 years ago the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel ended when their single engined Beechraft Debonair crashed in Brentwood, TN, a few miles from the Nashville airport.  Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today.

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

30 JULY 2012

 48TH ANNIVERSARY JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTES

We learned about two American radio programs which will remember the 48th anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel on July 31st
 
Bucks Braun and Don Streeter will present a tribute on  CLASSIC COUNTRY RADIO  from 6 AM EDT to Noon EDT (12.00 to 18.00 hours CET).
 
Tom Perryman doesn't usually do anything special  about Jim in his EAST TEXAS CLASSIC COUNTRY RADIO - THE RANCH KKUS   program on July 31st, he usually saves that for Jim's Birthday. On July 31st from 9 AM CDT till 11 AM CDT ( 16.00 to 18.00 hours CET), Tom  will  talk about Jim Reeves in his program and may have some updates about the happenings to the Jim Reeves Enterprise and all.  
 

16 JULY 2012

 KITTY WELLS DIES AT 92

We are sorry to learn the sad news that the "Queen of Country Music",  Kitty Wells, has died today from complications after a stroke. She was 92.
 
She was born as Ellen Muriel Deason, and became the first female singer to reach No. 1 in the country music charts with her 1952 song 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels'. In 1976, Kitty Wells was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Kitty was married to Johnnie Wright, who was a member of  the "Johnny and Jack" duo, for 70 years. Johnnie Wright died in 2011.
 
Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, and Johnny and Jack have performed quite a number of times on the same Grand Ole Opry package shows. Kitty Wells recorded a fine Jim Reeves tribute album;  'Songs Made Famous by Jim Reeves'  in 1966.
 

4 JULY 2012

 AUDREY ALLISON, CO-WRITER OF 'HE'LL HAVE TO GO' DIES

Les Leverett, the famous  Grand Ole Opry photographer, informed us that Audrey Allison has died on June 27th, at age 89. She and her ex-husband Joe Allison wrote THE Jim Reeves crossover song 'Hell have to go'.
 
There are two stories about how Joe got the inspiration to the song. According to a Joe Allision biography he was talking to his wife on the phone. She was unable to hear him clearly,  and wrote on a piece of paper 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone'. Joe found the note and composed the remainder of the 'He'll have to go' song. Another version noted that Audrey had a soft voice and during a phone call Joe uttered the words: 'Put your sweet lips closer to the phone'.
 
Billy Brown was the first to record the song on Columbia. Jim had heard the record and it failed to get into the charts, Jim recorded it on October 15, 1959. The record stayed in the country charts for 14 weeks, reached the number 2 position in the Pop charts, and received the 1960 BMI country and pop awards. "He'll Have To Go" was recorded by over 200 people through the years, including Elvis Presley.  On October 31st 1976 he did a vocal overdub of the song in his home at Graceland. It proved to be his last recording.
 
 

3 JULY 2012

 DID JIM REALLY KNOCK THE BEATLES OFF FROM THE FIRST PLACE IN THE HIT PARADE?

 
The answer is, yes he did. Read more about it  here.
 

 

28 JUNE 2012

 DID JIM REALLY WRITE 88 SONGS?- UPDATE

Please  click here to read more about it

 

24 JUNE 2012

 DID JIM REALLY WRITE 88 SONGS?

 
The quick answer to that, is no he didn't. You'll find an extensive answer to it here.
 

 

23 JUNE 2012

 LATEST UPDATE IN THE 'SCRAPBOOK' SECTION

 
Mr. Frank C. Anderson kindly supplied us with copies of correspondence between Bea Terry, a publicist from Hollywood, California, and Jim Reeves.  The letters date from June 1956 and February 1957.

Please  click here to  visit the Scrapbook page

 

 

18 JUNE 2012

 

FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE #130 SENT

The English edition of the latest issue of the fan club magazine has been mailed last Friday.  The Dutch edition will be mailed within 2 weeks.

In the current issue there's a 7 page article on songwriter Alex Zanetis, incorporating much of an interview I did with him in Nashville in 2003.

In the article Alex Zanetis tells also about his memories of Jim Reeves and Jim's plane crash.  He describes why and when Jim lost control of the airplane. It gives a very different picture of the man as a person and heavily  involved in the music industry throughout his life, than the hypercritical picture painted by  messrs Ray Baker and Ira "Bud" Logan. Perhaps both men had an axe to grind.


In the
"Did You Know"   section there's new posting about the Top 10 songwriters (besides himself of course) who contributed most songs to the recording career of Reeves. You'll be surprised to see which position Mr. Zanetis takes.

 

17 JUNE 2012

 

FRANCES PRESTON REMEMBERED 

On Thursday June 14, Tom Perryman announced in his radio program the death of one of his good friends, Frances  Preston who had died of congestive heart failure at age of 83. As  head and president of BMI Music in  Nashville, she was one of the most influential and famous business woman in the Nashville music industry.


Tom remembered he first met her when he went to work for WSM at the National Life building, when he got off  the elevator at the top floor, she was the first person he saw. She worked there as a receptionist.  She met a lot of the people in the music business and became knowledgeable in the music business, of the  operation of it and especially the publishing side and then she was hired by BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.).


Tom Perryman produced a radio documentary: The Jim Reeves Special, hosted by Eddie Arnold.  It won  a Gold medal for "Best audio music special in the world" at the 1984 International Radio Festival of New York. Among the persons who told their memories on Jim Reeves was Frances Preston.  She talked  about that one day she  was on a plane with Jim Reeves sitting next to her and across of them sat the Wilburn Brothers. The plane  started to losing altitude as it got close to Nashville, and they had talked in terms of everybody putting  their heads down between their knees and Jim turned to her and asked her to tell him about the BMI logging system.  Jim was simply trying to get her mind of the idea that we might crash.

In the 1990's a compact audio cassette album version of that program; "The Jim Reeves Story", was on sale at the Jim Reeves museum in  Madison, Tn.  It can be considered as an early version of an "audio book".

The Nashville Tennessean published a lengthy article about her with a few  picture galleries of Frances and music industry celebrities on their website. A nice picture of her and Jim Reeves, and two of her with Mary Reeves can be found here .

Links to other tributes and stories on her career in the music industry  can be found at the  BMI  website.
 

 

6 JUNE 2012

 

"KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY"  WITH TOM PERRYMAN

 

Spend an evening or afternoon with Legendary Disc Jockey, TOM PERRYMAN.  Presented by KKUS—The Ranch 104.1 FM Classic Country and Tyler Civic Theatre Center.

Performances will be on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm in the Braithwaite Theatre at Tyler Civic Theatre Center, 400 Rose Park Drive, Tyler, Texas. Doors open at 6:50 pm Friday and 1:50 pm on Saturday and all seats are unreserved.

Advance tickets are now on sale at the Theatre Center Box office for $20.00 per person. Call 903 592-0561 to order your tickets for this great show. MasterCard and Visa and personal checks accepted.

Please  click here to read more about it

 

3 JUNE 2012

 

THE STARDAY STORY   -  THE HOUSE THAT COUNTRY MUSIC BUILT

 

This excellent book, written by Nathan D. Gibson with Don Pierce, was published by the University Press of Mississippi earlier this year.  Gibson is a graduate student in the department of folklore & ethnomusicology at Indiana University in Bloomington and a performing musician.  Pierce was co-founder of the label.

The book has been commended by no lesser country music luminaries than  Bill C. Malone, author of "Country Music U.S.A., who gave it "his unqualified endorsement" and Nolan Porterfield, author of "Jimmie Rodgers: The Life & Times of America's Blue Yodeler.

 The 265 page book tells the detailed story of probably the most important independent record label in country music history, from its formation in 1953 by Pappy Daily & Don Pierce, until its sale to Moe Lytle in 1973.

 The book will certainly be of interest to fans of Jim Reeves due to the many connections to him and his own story.  His demos were recorded at the Starday studios.  Former artist & band member Tommy Hill managed the studio for many years, producing numerous country hits.   Dean Manuel & the Blue Boys recorded there.  Hill set up the Starday studio house band which included at various times Junior Huskey on bass, Willie Ackerman on drums, Jerry Shook or Hank Garland on electric guitar, Jerry Smith or Dean Manuel on piano and almost always Pete Drake on steel guitar.

 The label played its part in the early careers of such eventual stars as George Jones, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson and Dottie West who began her musical career by singing backing vocals at the studio.

 The 70 page listing at the back of the book, of more than 2600 Starday record releases from 1953-70 will appeal to all discographers and serious students of country music history.

 The book has proved its worth by having just won the prestigious 2012 Belmont Book Award & $1000 first prize, presented by Belmont University 's Mike Curb Entertainment & Music Program.

 

 

4 MAY 2012

 ANNIVERSARY OF LEO JACKSON'S DEATH

On this day four years ago, we heard the sad news about the passing of Leo Jackson.  For ten years Leo played lead guitar for Jim Reeves.  There is little doubt that Leo's  guitar playing contributed to the unique sound of  many Jim Reeves recordings.

Leo will also be remembered  for relentless promoting of Jim Reeves' music and history in radio programs and interviews over the years . One of these, the British TVS television documentary, "Gentleman Jim Reeves" is still on sale on DVD at both sides of the Big Pond.

I feel honored to have been his friend for many years, his friendship was really a special one, as many of his friends will testify .
Leo is gone, but  will remembered by us when we hear his guitar play in  many  Jim Reeves' recordings.
 
Updated May 7, 2012 - Tom Perryman played the Jim Reeves track  "Penny Candy" .  I had send him  a request  to play that song, the very first Jim Reeves' studio recording in which Leo Jackson was featured, for all loyal Jim Reeves fans. on his Friday, May 4 prgram. Unfortunately Tom  had to leave the studio right after finishing the first hour. Right after playing that song he remembered Leo and mentioned also the fine steel guitar play by Jimmy Latham on that record. Jim had bought that steel guitar for Jimmy.  After Jimmy had left the band, that instrument  was used by Bobby Garret at live shows and record sessions .  The steel guitar was on display at the Jim Reeves museum and is believed to be in the possession of Ricky Garret.

20 APRIL 2012 

 BRITISH GUITAR GENIUS BERT WEEDON DIES AT 91

British guitar genius Bert Weedon, who has inspired  many British guitarists such as Paul McCartney, Hank Marvin, Brian May , and Eric Clapton has died at age 91.  Bert Weedon was a versatile and talented guitar  player who could play all musical styles. He played with the Mantovani Orchestra, on early British rock and roll records, and accompanied famous American singers who toured the UK, such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland. He was the first British guitarist to get a solo record in the UK charts. His album  "Bert Weedon remembers Jim Reeves"  sold over 250,000 copies and many British Jim Reeves fan treasures his probably worn out LP album.  I confident that I am not the only one who considers this to be one of the finest instrumental Jim Reeves tribute albums.

18 APRIL 2012 

 DICK CLARK DIED AT AGE 82

Dick Clark had a heart attack this (Wednesday)  morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica.  He was admitted there  after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure the day. before. Dick Clark is best known to Jim Reeves fans for the  "American Band Stand" and "Saturday Night Beech-Nut" television shows. Jim performed 4 times in these shows in 1958 and 1960. He lip-synched to the released version of his songs.  

 Please  click here  to read more about Jim's appearances on that television show series,  and  to view a copy of Jim's contract for the February 6, 1960  show

  Please  click here to read more about it in the "Nashville Tennessean" newspaper

 

10 APRIL 2012 

 WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

As reported earlier, Country Music People printed both a " Letter to the editor" and  an essay by David Bussey in the April 2012 issue of that magazine. The essay was sent to Country Music People as support to a letter Bussey had written to the editor, seeking a balanced critique of the book.  The author then took umbrage at what he thought was being said in CMP and decided that the best form of defence is attack. He created a blog and went for the jugular.

Please  click here to read more about it

 

8 APRIL 2012 

 HAPPY EASTER 

Luke 24:34 'and saying, "It's true, the Lord has risen.." '

We wish all Jim Reeves fans a Blessed and Happy Easter.


6 APRIL 2012 

 TODAY IS GOOD FRIDAY

 

On Good Friday,  Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. In many of parts of the world, and in especially in Europe, it is a tradition that  St Matthews Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach is performed, and attracts a large audience.

Many of you will remember the 1973 movie "Jesus Christ Superstar". It is not widely known  that a former Jim Reeves song writer wrote the words and composed the music of a contemporary musical dramatization of the life of Jesus Christ.

In 1974 Alex Zanetis produced and directed the double LP album "The Carpenter's Son" on the RCA label. The cast lists artists such as Alex Zanetis as Jesus, Ray Walker as Judas, George Jones as Pilate, Elder, and Old Man, and David Cobb as Scribe. Vocal accompaniment by The Jordanaires and The Nashville Edition.

Recently I managed to obtain a copy of this album and enjoyed listening to it. I am confident that if Jim Reeves had lived in 1974, he would love to have played a part in this  musical drama.

 

 5 APRIL 2012 

 FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE #129 MAILED 

We have sent both the Dutch and English editions of issue #129 out to our members and  it should reach them before Easter.

In this issue you'll find the correspondence between Canadian deejay Lorne Haresen and Jim Reeves from the first part of 1962. It's a typical letter from a person of the music industry who wants to use Jim Reeves for his own and Jim's good. Jim Reeves replies to the letters in his usual courtious manner, going to great length not to hurt someone else's feelings, and judging from letters sent and received by various individuals,  always give the impression that the correspondent  was very special to Jim Reeves. Jim, who had been a deejay himself,  realised how important is the contact between an artist and deejays. He spent a  lot of his own money  sending out records to radio stations and deejays who were not on the RCA despatch list.  Jim was indeed an expert on public relations and knew one had to spent a dime to earn a nickel.        

Mr. Harsen  got the impression that Jim selected him, but very likely someone at the office of RCA probably had a promotion campaign of Jim's next country album in Canada in mind, and liked the idea of a Canadian writing the liner notes.

You can also find the letters on the Scrapbook section on this website.

31 MARCH 2012 

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BUSSEY!

We wish Mr. David Bussey a Happy Birthday. He will celebrate his 69th Birthday today. David used to run the British Official Jim Reeves fan club till 1977. He has always been very active in promoting Jim Reeves and his music since he started the British fan club. He has written a large number of Jim Reeves articles in  "Opry" , and its successor  Country Music People. David  has been guest on a large number of British country music radio programs. was a co-script writer, together with Don Ford,  of the 7 part BBC radio documentary "JIM REEVES AND HIS MUSIC". He played a role as advisor of the TVS documentary "GENTLEMAN JIM REEVES'. Part of the documentary was filmed at a fan meeting at his house, with guests such as Joyce Jackson, Kurt Rokitta and yours truly. Despite his age, or just because of it, he is still as active Jim Reeves wise as he was in the 1970's and a recent letter by him will be published  in the April issue of "Country Music People".
 

25 MARCH 2012 

 LATEST UPDATE IN THE 'SCRAPBOOK' SECTION

Mr. Frank C. Anderson supplied us with copies of correspondence between Mr. Lorne Harasen, a Canadian radio personality and Jim Reeves, regarding Mr. Harasen's request to write the liner notes of a future Jim Reeves album. The letters date from January and June 1962. 

Please  click here to  visit the Scrapbook page

 

 

24 MARCH 2012 

 'JIM REEVES - HIS UNTOLD STORY'  TO FEATURE AGAIN IN APRIL ISSUE OF 'COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE'

 

The book will be featuring again in the April issue of the top U.K. country music magazine 'Country Music People'.  Noted publicist, journalist and former editor of the magazine, Tony Byworth has written a review of the book.
 
Also included will be a letter to the current editor Duncan Warwick from David Bussey which includes excerpts from an essay he wrote, and which will appear in full in the latest issue of the Jim Reeves Fan Club magazine which has been sent out to members.

 22 MARCH 2012 

 ALAN JACKSON HAS BEEN CHOOSEN TO RECEIVE THE JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD     
 

ENCINO, CA (March 21, 2012) The Academy of Country Music has announced that Alan Jackson has been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Alan Jackson’s down-home music and laid back personality has translated well internationally. He played for eager audiences in Sweden and Norway in August 2011, brought back by popular demand following his 2009 shows. Jackson’s album, Good Time, has also earned platinum sales in Norway. Jackson also toured Australia for the first time in March 2011. He’ll play four arena shows in Canada in April 2012, as well as a summer concert at the Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan. Jackson won his first ACM Award as 1990’s Top New Male Vocalist, an honor that coincided with career-building tour dates in the UK and Germany.

Past recipients of the Jim Reeves International Award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Merv Griffin, Charlie Nagatani, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, among others.

The Academy of Country Music is announcing the winners of awards that will not be televised during the live telecast of the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, telecast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network, due to time constraints. Special Awards, Industry Awards, MBI (Musician, Bandleader, Instrumentalist) and Songwriter of the Year honorees will be feted at the 6th Annual ACM Honors event on September 24, 2012 in Nashville.

 The Academy of Country Music Special Awards are voted on by the ACM Board of Directors and are awarded during years where the Board of Directors feels there are clear and deserving candidates. Industry Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy. 

The 47th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  For more information, please visit www.acmcountry.com<http://www.acmcountry.com/>.

source: www.alanjackson.com/news.html?n_id=3902

 

 

8 MARCH 2012 

 CHARLIE LAMB PASSED AWAY AT AGE 90

'MUSIC ROW' reported the death of Nashville music stalwart Charlie Lamb yesterday. He was 90 and suffering from an illness.
Charlie Lamb is remembered mainly as a celebrated journalist, but he had been  active as a manager and entertainer too.

Charlie was a close friend of Jim and Mary Reeves. His memories on Jim Reeves were captured on video on the Channel 4  documentary 'GENTLEMAN JIM REEVES' in 1989. 

WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

 
Those longterm Jim Reeves fans in the UK who remember David Bussey, are gobsmacked at the fact that he has suddenly gained absolute  notoriety  because he has dared to express his own opinion on a book on his hero Jim Reeves.  Surely to God, everyone has a right to an honest opinion about anything.  Surely, the author of the book must have realised that at some point, someone was not going to like some of the content, and dare to say so.

 

His essay was printed in full in the Jim Reeves Fan Club magazine and makes reasonable and valid comment.   At NO point does he attack the author. The essay was sent to Country Music People as support to a letter Bussey had written to the editor, seeking a balanced critique of the book.  It is very interesting to note that at this moment in time, there has been no comment at all from the female of the species.

The author then took umbrage at what he thought was being said in CMP and decided that the best form of defence is attack. He created a blog and went for the jugular.  He thought it would add weight if he included some incriminating audio. Unfortunately, he broke UK  law by using secret tape recordings he had made during 2 long conversations with Bussey who had no idea he was being recorded.

 

In order to right any wrong, Bussey will be taking legal action.  He has already been in contact with a London solicitor, and has to decided whether spending so much money is worthwhile to remove a wart that could reappear in 6 months time. 

 

 

Please  click here to  read more about it in MUSIC ROW

7 MARCH 2012 

 HARGUS 'PIG' ROBBINS INDUCTED IN TO COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Session musician Hargus 'Pig' Robbins has been elected as one of the new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Hargus 'Pig'Robbins played piano on a few Jim Reeves recording sessions  in 1961, 1963, 1964 and an overdub session in 1975,  He can be heard playing the piano on albums such as 'Tall Tales And Short Tempers', ' Moonlight And Roses' , 'Jim Reeves And Some Friends' , and 'Songs Of Love'. 

Please  click here to  read more about it

23 FEBRUARY 2012 

 MAXINE BROWN OF 'THE BROWNS' FAME TO RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS 2012 ELLA DICKY LITERACY AWARD HONEREE 



Marty Martel reported that Maxine is one six honorees to receive this prestigious 2012 Literary Award for her book, 'Looking Back To See'.  This honor is presented annually in honor of the city's first librarian, Ella Dickey, who served in that position for over 50 years. Maxine will receive her award, April 26th at 4:15 P.M. during the festival in Marshfield, MO located approximately 30 miles from Springfield, MO .  Maxine is a member of one of country music elite vocal groups of all time, 'The Browns.' Their success will surely see them in the Country Music Hall of Fame for all of their achievements. And now Maxine has accomplished more awards for herself to go along with her song writing talents. Her best-selling book 'Looking Back to See'  www.uapress.com is that with 30 years in publishing (over 500 titles, including those of President Carter, Daisy Bates, Billy Collins, etc.), Maxine ranks right up at the top, 20th on the all-time bestsellers list of University of Arkansas Press (and still selling). 


The Browns and Jim Reeves recorded and performed in Shreveport and later in Nashville at about the same period and in the book you'll find many references to Jim Reeves.

 

16 FEBRUARY 2012 

 JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM TO BE OPENED IN DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE

Bill Miller who is a Johnny Cash fan, plans to open a Johnny Cash museum in a warehouse in downtown Nashville in June. A large part of the exhibits  are from the former Johnny Cash museum. 'The House of Cash' in Henderson, Tx. which closed in 1999. The museum will also display personal items of Johnny Cash, some of which have been donated by the Cash family.

James Newberry would have been the only Jim Reeves collector who could have set up a  proper Jim Reeves museum. Indeed there  have been plans for one in Carthage, but it never materialised.  Mr. Newberry sold his collection to Mike Curb, who has a record for preserving Nashville's musical heritage, among them the historic RCA Studio B, Columbia studio A,  and the Quonset Hut studio ( Owen Bradley's studio). At the time it was announced that part of the collection would be  on display after the Quonset Hut would be renovated, but that has not happened yet. Perhaps, when the Johnny Cash museum has become a significant tourist attraction, the conditions to open a Jim Reeves museum in downtown Nashville, a major tourist spot, may  be favourable. Until then, we can only view the collection in a virtual musuem
.


 

12 FEBRUARY 2012 

 ANOTHER UPDATE TO MARY REEVES COURT CASE 


The 'NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN' has  reported on the court ruling  in today's newspaper. Terry Davis is not entitled to any more money from his wife's estate beside the money specified in Mary's will.

Both Lani Arnold, Jim's niece, and one of the heirs, and Joyce Jackson, commented in the newspaper article  about the ruling which ends a legal battle that lasted over 12 years.

Please  click here to  read the article


9 FEBRUARY 2012 

 UPDATE TO MARY REEVES COURT CASE 

The NASHVILLE POST has an exclusive article to its subscribers, "Circuit Court denied spouse's claim to country star's assets"  and  it reported that Terry Davis won't receive long-persued funds from executor of deseased's wife's estate. 

The 'NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN' has not reported on the court ruling  yet, but  nodoubt it will when the judge's order has been  filed.

In a couple of weeks we'll learn wether or not Terry Davis will fight the outcome of the ruling.
 

30 JANUARY 2012 

 THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM WILL GET A NEW STAGE

The 60 year old stage of the Ryman Auditorium, where Jim Reeves performed on the WSM Grand Ole Opry, will be replaced with a new one.  Just like its prececessor replaced in 1951, the new one will made it compliant to future production's  needs.  Part of the original stage will be saved and  incorperated in the new one. Artists will be able to stand on a historic spot.

The last performance on the old stage will be this Friday, February 3. and the first one on the new one will be on February 20.

Please  click here to  read more about it

26 JANUARY 2012 

TODAY'S UPDATE TO MARY REEVES COURT CASE 

There was no report about yesterday's court session in today's newspaper. When there is an update I'will post it as soon as possible.


25 JANUARY 2012 

 UPDATE TO MARY REEVES COURT CASE 

Nashville Tennesean reporter Anita Wadhawani posted an update on Twitter at tnmusicbiz yesterday  afternoon and in today's issue of the newspaper.

The trial over country singer Jim Reeves royalties couldn't be wrapped up on Tuesday and wil continue on Wednesday. The proceedings went slow with disputed testimony over the  mental state of Mary Reeves at the time of the sale of the Jim Reeves estate. Although the court case was scheduled to finish today, it is likely to finish in February.


Please  click here to  read her  article in the Nashville Tennessean of today, January 25, 2012

You'll find  the latest news on the court proceedings on Ms. Wadhawani's Twitter at tnmusicbiz .

24 JANUARY 2012 

  CHESTER STUDDARD'S WIFE EFFIE DIED 

We are sad to learn about the death of Effie, the wife of Chester Studdard, who died at the age of 83 last Saturday. Chester and Effie were married for 60 years.

Chester and Jim Reeves were friends for many years, they attended school and highschool and played together in Carthage High School Baseball team.

Please  click here to  read Effie Studdard's orbituary

  NEW UPDATE TO MARY REEVES COURT CASE 

The Nashvile Tennessean published a report on the first of the two days of the court session in today's newspaper. The reporter Anita Wadhawani will post an update on Twitter at tnmusicbiz this afternoon,  when it's supposed to wrap up.

Please  click here to  read the article

23 JANUARY 2012 

  UPDATE TO MARY REEVES COURT CASE NEARS THE END OF A 12 YEAR LEGAL DESPUTE

The trial about who gets what share of the Jim Reeves's royalties began at 10 am in Nashville this morning.  Fans who are on TWITTER can also follow the story at tnmusicbiz . If there are interesting developments/updates during the trial, NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN's reporter Anita Wadhwani  who is at the trial, will post them there first.

18 JANUARY 2012 

 MARY REEVES COURT CASE NEARS THE END OF A 12 YEAR LEGAL DESPUTE

Next week may see the end of a 12 year  of legal dispute over how much Terry Davis, the widower of Mary Reeves Davis is entitled too. The Nashvile Tennessean has an article about it in today's newspaper.

Please  click here to  read the article

18 JANUARY 2012 

 DUTCH RADIO 5 STATION FEATURES JIM REEVES AS 'ARTIST OF THE WEEK '

Dutch Nostalgia radio station RADIO5 features Jim Reeves as 'Artist of the week' this week. Every hour a Jim Reeves record will be played on the station. 

You can listen to Radio5 on the web here .    

 

4 JANUARY 2012 

 'DISTANT DRUMS' BY JIM REEVES IN BELGIUM TOP  1000 CLASSIC RECORDS   CHART 2011

'Distant drums' by Jim Reeves entered the Belgium radio 2 Top 1000 'classic' record chart of 2011 at the 653rd position. The record in that chart had been broadcasted on Belgium radio  between December 26th and  New Year's Eve.


1 JANUARY 2012 

 WE WISH YOU ALL A  HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2012!

 


29 DECEMBER  2011 

 TOM AND BILLIE PERRYMAN TO BE HONORED AT RAY PRICE CONCERT ON    JANUARY 7, 2012 

Tom and Billie Perryman celebrate the start of their 65th year in the radio business and will be honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price 86th Birthday Concert on January 7th, 2012. The show will be  presented  by THE RANCH 104.1 .    

Please  click here to  read more about it

 

SWEDISH RADIO LIDINGO WILL TRANSMIT A JIM REEVES PROGRAM ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Bjorn Herlin reports that Swedish Radio Lidingo will transmit the repeat a 25 minute Jim Reeves program  on December 30th at around 17:20 hours CET.  

You can listen to Radio Lidingo locally on FM 97.8 Mhz or on the web here .    

 

25 DECEMBER  2011 

 A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL JIM REEVES FANS 

We wish all the visitors to this web site a Merry and Blessed Christmas. 

 

23 DECEMBER  2011 

NEW JIM REEVES BOOK ON AMAZON.CO.UK MAY BE A DISAPOINTMENT TO FANS 

Please  click here to  read more about it

 

17 DECEMBER  2011 

JIM REEVES WITH 2 SONGS IN THE  DUTCH RADIO 2  'TOP 2000' CHART  LIST

There are 2 Jim Reeves songs in the Radio 2 'Top 2000' chart list of 2011 to be played on radio from Sunday December 25 at noon and Saturday December 31, at midnight. The 2 Jim Reeves songs and their positions are: at # 1763 (1506) - 'DISTANT DRUMS',  and  at # 1947 (1653) - 'I LOVE YOU BECAUSE'. The positions in the list of last year are within brackets. Note that the song 'HE'LL HAVE TO GO' which stood at position 1637 last year, has disappeared from this list.

 Please  click here to  listen to Radio 2 on the internet and select the option 'luister' or 'webcam' on the right hand side of the web page.

13 DECEMBER  2011

 NORWEGIAN SINGER AUDUN NJERVE  AND HIS BAND TO DO JIM REEVES SONGS IN THEIR CHRISTMAS SHOWS
 

Norwegian singer Audun Njerve, who is a Jim Reeves fan, reported he and his band will be performing a number of Jim Reeves' Christmas songs at 17 shows they will do in a period of  14 days. Audun also reported that on  Youtube there some YouTube songs from an outdoor concert here in his hometown, Mandal from July month this year. Among these are two Jim Reeves songs, 'Have you ever been lonely' and 'Welcome to my world'.

 

7 DECEMBER  2011

 AUSTRIAN RADIO PROGRAM FEATURES 5 JIM REEVES SONGS
 

On Sunday 5 December presentor Reinhard Pimbacher played 5 Jim Reeves titles in his weekly program 'Plattenkiste' on ORF SALBURG. Reinhard also played the song 'Crazy Daisy', the German cover of 'Yonder Comes a Sucker' by Werner Overheidt who recorded the song in 1959.

14 Jim Reeves – An old Christmas Card 1963
15 Jim Reeves – Christmas Polka 1963
16 Jim Reeves – Yonder comes a sucker 1955
17 Werner Overheidt – Crazy Daisy 1959
18 Jim Reeves – Billy Bayou 1960
19 Jim Reeves – Maureen 1965

An archived  copy of the program can be downloaded or listened to can be found here  till midnight of  Sunday December 12, 2011.

 

6 DECEMBER  2011

 HILLBILLY BARTON  DIES AT AGE 81
 

John Grimes, also known as  Hillybilly Barton, died at his home on October 8, 2011. He was 81. He wrote the song 'I Love You' which Jim Reeves and Ginny Wright recorded as a duet on the FABOR label.  

20 NOVEMBER  2011

 DUTCH RADIO 2 TOP 2000  CHART OF 2011 WILL BE TRANSMITTED BETWEEN  CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S EVE.



De Radio 2 Top 2000 van 2011 wordt uitgezonden van 25 december 12:00 uur tot 31 december 0:00 uur.
Stemmen voor de Top 2000 editie 2011 kan hier tot 25 november 20:00 uur!

Staat jouw favoriete Jim Reeves liedje er niet bij? Bij stap 2 kun je weer 'vrije keuzes' invullen.


Om op uw favoriete liedjes te stemmen klik  hier.

The  Dutch Radio 2 Top 2000 of 2011 will be transmitted from December 25th (Christmas Day) till New Years Eve.  Voting for the Top 200 2011 will finish on November 25, at 8 pm CET.

Didn't you find your favourite Jim Reeves track on the selection list? You can add any of your favorite songs with the 'vrije keuze' option.

Please use Google translate  (http://translate.google.com/) to translate the Radio 2 website into your own language.

Please  click here to  got to the special website for voting. 

11 NOVEMBER  2011

  TWELFTH  ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF MARY REEVES 

Twelve years ago, on 11 November  1999, Mary Reeves died at the of age of 70 years. She was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She was buried at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison on 13 November 1999. There have been speculations of reburial at the Jim Reeves Memorial site in Carthage, Texas.  It could take years to happen,  if ever.

 

8 NOVEMBER 2011 

DAVID BUSSEY, WHO RAN FORMER BRITISH FAN CLUB, GOT MENTIONED ON THE DAVID ALLAN PAGE , NOVEMBER ISSUE OF COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE


David Bussey, who used to run the British Official Jim Reeves fan club from 1966-1977 got mentioned on The David Allan Page in the November issue of Country Music People. David stated "he is a  tad concerned about the sensational disclosures  that a new book on Jim Reeves promises to reveal. "Sometimes", he says "the musty truths surrounding a legend are best left unsaid."

Please  click here to  read more about it

 

3 NOVEMBER 2011 

THE 'NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN' NEWSPAPER  REPORTS JIM REEVES' MUSICAL LEGACY GOES ON TRIAL AGAIN IN JANUARY

Yesterday, the Nashville Tennessean newspaper reported that the Jim Reeves musical legacy goes on trial again for two days on January 23 - 24. Then it will be determined whether Mary's widower will get a larger portion or not of Mary's estate than was specified in her will.

Please  click here to  read the article

 

15 OCTOBER  2011

JIM REEVES ' 10-TRACK  CD ALBUM  'BIMBO' RELEASED ON UK HALLMARK LABEL.

The UK based HALLMARK label will release a 10 track CD version of the Jim Reeves 'BIMBO' album on 14 November 2011. The album will be marketed at the very low price of  GBP 2.21. It is currently advertised on AMAZON.CO.UK. Unfortunately the product description  is way off by describing that this album  was produced by Chet Atkins and that Jim's singing style was changing to a softer sound.  There has probably a mix up with the product description of another Jim Reeves album. The tracks featured on this album are from Jim's ABBOTT period and the original RCA album featured 12 songs.

7 OCTOBER  2011

PANOLA WATCHMAN REPORTS ABOUT TWO IRISH JIM REEVES FANS WHO VISITED CARTHAGE RECENTLY

Fan club member Raymond Duffy and his friend Joe Mc Nulty arrived in  Carthage last month. They had taken a cab from Shreveport but could not hire a car in Carthage as there weren't any left. Two friendly local business people who heard about their plight, took them them to Jim Reeves' related places.

Please  click here to  read about it

 

3 OCTOBER  2011

FAN CLUB MEETING IN HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS ON OCTOBER 3, 2011

Please  click here to  read about it and view the pictures

27 September  2011 

JOHNNY WRIGHT DIES AT AGE 97

Johnny Wright, who was married to Kitty Wells, died at his home in Madison, Tennessee, today. He was 97.  From 1947 till the death of Jack Anglin in a car crash, Johnny was part of he duo 'Johnny and Jack'. Together with Kitty Wells they performed at the Grand Ole Opry and Opry tours, where on many occasions they met Jim Reeves and 'The Blue Boys'.  Mary Reeves was  a close friend of the  the Wrights.


20 AUGUST  2011 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

 

19 AUGUST  2011 

TOM PERRYMAN HOSTED A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON HIS 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' RADIO PROGRAM AT KKUS - THE RANCH

Tom Perryman hosted a  25 minutes Jim Reeves tribute in his 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' radio program at KKUS - THE RANCH' today in commemoration of Jim Reeves' Birthday. If Jim Reeves was still alive today he would have celebrated his 88th Birthday on August 20th.

Tom played some Jim Reeves records and kept the listeners informed about what had happened since Jim's death and about the Mary Reeves-Davis court case.  If Jim Reeves wass still alive he would have celebrated his 88th Birthday August 20th.


Tom's two- hourly program can be heard on weekdays from 9 am. till 11 am. Central Time Zone  at http://theranch.fm/ .

16 AUGUST  2011 

'JOE DUFFY AFTERNOON SHOW' HOSTING JIM REEVES TRIBUTE  ON AUGUST 18th. 

On Thursday, the 18th of August, from 16:00 hours to 17:00 hours Irish time, the 'Joe Duffy Afternoon Show' will be hosting another tribute to Jim Reeves on  Irish radio station  DUNDALK FM. There will be  live interviews with Oliver Barrett, and  Arie den Dulk, and a repeated interviews by Leo Jackson, John Rex Reeves, Joyce Jackson, and Jimmy Neary.

Visit the DUNDALK FM homepage  and read about the program  here.  On the homepage you'll find a link  to listen to the station online.  

  

11 AUGUST  2011 

GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER BILL GRAMMER DIES AT AGE  85

Grand Ole Opry member Billy Grammer, died Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 12:20 a.m. at a hospital in Benton, Ill., following a lengthy illness, which included a heart attack seven months ago.  He would have celebrated his 86th Birthday later this month.

Billy Wayne Grammer  was born on August 28, 1925, and was a country music singer and noted guitar player. He is known for the million-selling 'Gotta Travel On', which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1959. In 2009 the Grand Ole Opry  honored  his 50th anniversary on the show.

There is a fine video clip  of Billy Grammer playing 'Gotta Travel On', accompanied by members of the Blue Boys, taken from the 'PET MILK GRAND OLE OPRY' television show from the 1960's  around on DVD as a great tribute to a fine artist.


Billy and his wife were good friends of Jim and Mary Reeves.

Visitation for Mr. Grammer will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton, Ill. (410 S Main St., 618-438-0311). Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, also at Morton & Johnston Funeral Home.

31 JULY 2011 

(updated 4 August 2011)

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 47 years ago the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel ended when their single engined Beechraft Debonair crashed in Brentwood, TN, a few miles from the Nashville airport. 
Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today.

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

28 JULY 2011 

SURPRISE: JIM REEVES KRGI RADIO STATION JINGLE PLAYED BY TOM PERRYMAN TODAY

Tom Perryman surprised the listeners to his KKUS 'Classic Country' program today by playing a very rare sound clip from his collection, used for the East Texas Radio exhibition at the Gregg County Museum in Tyler, Texas.  The listeners heard  Jim Reeves doing a KRGI radio station jingle to the tune of 'He'll Have To Go'.  You're invited to go to the exhibition and listen to Tom's presentation and the jingle yourself. The exhibition is believe to be open until August 7.


27 JULY 2011 

JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTES 2011 LISTING

Please  click here to  read about it

 


24 JULY 2011 

THE 'NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN' NEWSPAPER  REPORTS ABOUT THE RECENT MARY REEVES- DAVIS ' ESTATE COURT CASE

The Nashville Tennessean newspaper reported about the recent Jim Reeves' Estate court case; 'Epic, strange battle over Jim Reeves' music may be almost over.'  The article gives a fair, concise  and unbiased account of the events surrounding and matters pertaining to the various court cases.  The reporter interviewed Ames Davis, who administrates the Mary Reeves-Davis Estate and lawyers representing Terry Davis and the Reeves' heirs.  Despite jubilant claims of victory on another non official fan website it seems the dispute between Terry Davis and the Reeves' heirs for the estate is not over yet.  In October, the heirs will go to court again.

Please  click here to  read the article


20 JULY 2011 

MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM TO BE FEATURED IN LOUISIANA BICENTENNIAL



The Municipal Auditorium at Shreveport will be incorporated into plans for the Louisiana's Statehood celebration. On April 30, 1812 Louisiana became a state.

Jim Reeves performed at the Shreveport Municipal auditorium in the early years of his career.

Please  click here to  read more about it


  19 JULY 2011 

VETERAN DJ TOM PERRYMAN RETURNS TO HIS 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' RADIO SHOW TODAY

 

Today veteran DJ Tom Perryman returned to his 'Classic Country' radio show after being absent for almost a week, due to illness and the death of his 62 year old son-in-law Gary Lynn Petty.

Gary was married to Vicky, they have two sons.  Gary once worked for Jim Reeves Music Publishing. He was buried in Murfreesboro, Tn. on July 16th, which sadly co-incided with  Tom's 84th Birthday.

 Our thoughts are with them in these difficult times.

 

  14 JULY 2011 

PANOLA WATCHMAN REPORTS MARY REEVES TO BE BURIED AT PANOLA COUNTY MUSEUM

The Panola Watchman of July 13, 2011 reported that an Order of Judgement has been filed in the Seventh Circuit Court in Davidson County, Tennessee which contents the will of Mary Reeves Davis.

  Please  click here to  go to the Panola Watchman




  24 JUNE 2011
 

SWEDISH JIM REEVES MUSEUM RE-OPENED JUNE 18th
(update 26 June 2011)
The Swedish Jim Reeves museum at Voxna re-opened for 10 weeks on June the 18th. The museum has received exposure from the local tourist authority and was also featured in a news items on Norwegian television.
Please  click here to  view recently taken pictures of the museum

23 JUNE 2011
 

11th ANNUAL JIM REEVES TRIBUTE IN HENDERSON, TEXAS WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 24th

The 11th Annual Jim Reeves Tribute will be held at the Civic Center in Henderson, Texas on June 24th.
The show will be hosted by John Rex Reeves, nephew of Jim Reeves . Special guest will be Don Williams, nephew of Chet Atkins. The show starts at 6:30 PM.


18 JUNE 2011 
A RARE AUDIO CLIP OF JIM REEVES INTRODUCING THE REECE SISTERS

On the website of the Reece Sisters there's an audio clip of Jim Reeves introducing them on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree Show.

After winning a Pet Milk Grand Old Opry Talent Contest in 1961 they recorded two country songs on the Starday label.  On June 15, 1962  the Reece Sisters went  to cut two country songs for the Starday label. Among the studio musicians were Dean Manuel on piano, and Pete Drake on steel guitar.  The songs recorded were:  'Leave It Alone'   and  "'A Memory And A Broken Heart' .

A picture taken at the Starday studio can be found 
here

They were invited to appear on the Grand Ole Opry the next day on June 16, 1962. There were too many stars in town that weekend so they were very blessed that night with an appearance with Jim Reeves on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree  which immediately follows the Grand Ole Opry Show and was broadcast from the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. Jim Reeves introduced them that night and they sang  " I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU" .  Their mother taped their portion of the show from the radio, back home in Lexington, South Carolina.

A picture of Jim Reeves and the Reece Sisters and a short audio clip of Jim introducing the Reece Sisters can be found
here 

Please visit the website of the Reece Sisters
here 

16 JUNE 2011 
LONG VIEW MUSEUM'S EAST TEXAS RADIO DAYS EXHIBIT PRESENTATION CLIPS ON YOUTUBE

The East Texas Radio exhibition at  the Gregg County Historical museum in Longview, Texas kicked off with a special presentation by guests who are considered stars in the radio business. Video recordings of these presentations were  made and put on YOUTUBE.

To view the presentations by veteran deejay Tom Perryman  and KWKH recording engineer Bob Sullivan  please click on their highlighted names. Tom Perryman was a friend and business associate of Jim Reeves and Bob Sullivan recorded a number of Jim Reeves recording sessions at the KWKH studio in Shreveport.

Please  click here to read an article about the kick off of the exhibition in a Longview newspaper.

 7 JUNE 2011
 
LONG VIEW MUSEUM CELEBRATES RADIO DAY

From June 11 to July 9, 2011 the Gregg County Historical museum in Longview, Texas will have a East Texas Radio exhibit at the museum.

The exhibitt will have 4 booth of radio memorabilia, two of these will be very interesting. One will contain memorabelia of East Texas Radio, the other will be a Country Music Booth, featuring memorabilia to Tom Perryman and Jim Reeves.

Please  click here to read an article about the exhibition in a Longview newspaper.



1 JUNE 2011 

OSCAR REXHAUSER DIED AT AGE 75

On May 31 Oscar Rexhauser died at age 75. Oscar was a musician who played in an  'Indo Rock' band "The Hotjumpers". Oscar visited concerts of many famous foreign rock bands such as the Rolling Stones and The Beatles when they performed in his hometown The Hague. 'Indo Rock' music has a strong country and music flavour. It was no surprise that on April 17, 1964 Oscar sneaked into the theatre a few hours before the show and managed to talk and has his picture taken with Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins, and Jim Reeves. He also took a number of pictures during the show. The results of his  photography can be found in the book  enclosed with the BEAR FAMILY CD box set  'NASHVILLE STARS ON EUROPEAN TOUR'.  

Please  click here to  view a page from Oscar's scrapbook .


 14 MAY 2011 

FAN CLUB MEETING PLANNED FOR SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2011

On Sunday October 2, we'll have another fan club meeting in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Special guest will be again Henk Brederode. Brian Jenkins, one of our  British members, would like to perform for us with his tribute to Jim Reeves that afternoon    too.  If you would like to attend the meeting and enjoy a wonderful afternoon among other enthusiastic European Jim Reeves  fans and wish to receive details about the meeting, please contact us for details.


 

10 MAY 2011 

THE JIM REEVES TRIBUTE SHOW HELD IN TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA

The Jim Reeves Tribute Show held on May 6 in Truro, Nova Scotia in  Canada, was a huge success. This being the second year, this show was presented to a full house of Jim Reeves fans. Bill Huey program organizer said he had e-mails from many Jim Reeves fans wanting to buy a copy of last years show. One video went to Cape Town in South Africa where Jim was very popular.

 Please  click here to  view some pictures of this tribute  show


4 MAY 2011 

THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF LEO JACKSON'S DEATH

On this day three years ago, we heard the sad news about the passing of Leo Jackson.  For ten years Leo played lead guitar for Jim Reeves.  There is little doubt that Leo's  guitar playing contributed to the unique sound of  many Jim Reeves recordings.

Leo will also be remembered  for relentless promoting of Jim Reeves' music and history in radio programs and interviews over the years . He once told me it was his greatest wish to see his memories about Jim Reeves in print.  That wish will one day come true.


As a tribute to Leo,  Tom Perryman played, on my request,  'Penny Candy' on his radio show at KKUS 'The Ranch' today. 'Penny Candy' was the first Jim Reeves record, Leo played on after being hired by Jim a few months earlier in May of 1954.   

25 APRIL 2011 

MAXINE BROWN RECALLS THE GREAT JIM REEVES

 

Maxine Brown, who  with her brother Jim Ed and sister Bonnie were members of the once very popular trio 'The Browns', recalls memories of Jim Reeves at her website.

Please  click here to  read her memories on Jim Reeves.


 24 APRIL 2011 

LUKE 24:34 'THE LORD HAS RISEN INDEED!'

WE WISH ALL JIM REEVES FANS A BLESSED EASTER

 

 23 APRIL 2011 

PHILIP SOLOMON DIES AT AGE 85 

Belfast born promoter Philip Solomon died on April 10 in Bournemouth, UK. He would have celebrated his 87th Birthday on April 27.  He was suffering from poor health for a number of years. Mr. Solomon hired Jim Reeves for a tour in Ireland in 1963. Unfortunately the tour wasn't to  be a happy one for Jim Reeves, the pianos were usually out of tune or even some strings were missing, Jim and the band had to do two shows in different venues at some distance from each other on the same night.  Two shows had even to be cancelled due to the death of Pope John XXIII on May 11, 1963.   Irish journalist James Reddiough has written a 25 page booklet about that Jim Reeves tour.

 4 APRIL 2011 

TAYLOR SWIFT WHO WILL RECEIVE THE JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD ALSO WINS THE  ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Academy of Country Music  not only awarded Taylor Swift with the 'Jim Reeves International Award', but also with the 'Entertainer of the Year Award'  at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards yesterday. Taylor Swift will be presented with the Jim Reeves International Award at ACM Honors, a special event held annually in the fall at the historic Ryman Auditorium. She returned from a trip from Europe and stopped over at Las Vegas for the award show on her way home. This talented singer was nominated for 4 ACM awards this year.

31 MARCH 2011 

TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME SHOW ON AUGUST 20, 2011  

On August 20, 2011 the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame will have its annual Hall of Fame Show and two Texan country music artists will be elected into the Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are Johnny Lee and Micky Gilley.  On the evening before, on August 19th, there will be the annual John Ritter Tribute show.

Jim would have celebrated his 88th Birthday on August 20th.  It is hoped that the people at Carthage will organise a party in his memory that day too.  

 

Please  click here to  visit the TCMHOF website

30 MARCH 2011 

TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE THE JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD AT THE 46TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ON APRIL 3, 2011  

Please  click here to  read about it

 

17 MARCH 2011 

HALL OF FAMER FERLIN HUSKY DIES AT AGE 85     

Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky who had  been admitted  to the critical  cardiac care  unit in a Henderson hospital on March 8, has died.  Ferlin  died at his daughter's home in Westmoreland, Tennessee early this afternoon. He will be buried in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Ferlin was 85 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Ferlin was another member of the Grand Ole Opry who had toured with Jim Reeves in western parts of Canada during the 1960's. Ferlin's alter ego Simon Crum was  quite a funny character. The late Leo Jackson told me some very funny stories about Ferlin when they toured together.   

Please  click here to  read about Ferlin on Wikipedia

11 MARCH 2011 

THE JIM REEVES TRIBUTE SHOW IN TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA

Bill Huey  reported he will be presenting  the Jim Reeves Tribute show  in Truro, Nova Scotia,  Canada on May 6 at 7 pm at the Salvation Army.  The show is called Welcome To My World. The Jim Reeves Story. He wrote: "  If any Jim Reeves fans are in the area, you won’t want to miss out on this show. Come early as last years show sold out in 40 minutes."  For info contact Bill Huey at william.huey@ns.sympatico.ca


9 MARCH 2011
 

JEAN SHEPARD INDUCTED TO THE HALL OF FAME 

Jean Shepard has been one of three persons inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year.  For many years she has been known as "The Grand Lady Of Country Music". She was the widow  of Hawkshaw  Hawkins who was killed in the aircrash that also killed Cowboy Copas and  Patsy Cline in 1963. She has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years.  

Jim Reeves held her in high esteem and made this comment:  
"All the girl singers should sound like Jean Shepard. She always hits her notes, holds them and wraps them around an audience like nobody else can."

In her Thank you speech she reminded the  induction committee that other artists such as Jimmy C.  Newman, The Browns, Stonewall Jackson and others deserve to be inducted too.

This year's other two inductees are singer Reba McEntire and songwriter Bobby Braddock.



8 MARCH 2011
 

HALL OF FAMER FERLIN HUSKY CRITICALLY ILL     

Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky has  been admitted  to the critical  cardiac care  unit in a Henderdson hospital today. Ferlin is 85 and was elected to the Country Musical Hall of Fame in 2010. Ferlin was another member of the Grand Ole Opry who had toured with Jim Reeves in the 1960's.  

1 MARCH 2011 

 AUDUN NJERVE'S  'OH HOW I MISS YOU TONIGHT' RECORDING HITS NO 3 POSITION IN NORWEGIAN 'COUNTRY TOP 10' CHART  

Norwegian Audun Njerve's recording  'Oh how I miss you tonight', taken from his CD 'LIVETS HAG' reached the Number 3 spot in the Norwegian Country Radio's   Top 10 for week 7, 2011.  Adun proudly writes: "  The list is made out from several thousands people from many different countries" . One can listen to this and some other song on Audun's website.

He's glad to be a member of the Jim Reeves fan club and hope to be able to come to the fan club's yearly meeting. 

17 FEBRUARY 2011 

 "RARE"  ABBOTT STRING MUSIC SHOW 78 RPM ACETATE LISTED ON EBAY FOR $ 21,000,000.00!

A 'rare' 10" , 78 rpm acetate promo spot of the ABBOTT STRING MUSIC SHOW is being auctioned on Ebay. The radio promo spot contains  excerpts of records by Jim Reeves,  and the The Browns, and the announcer also names other participants of the show. 

The CD JIM REEVES - THE HAYRIDE YEARS, released on the TKO Magnum label in Britain, contains  a different promo spot for the Louisiana Hayride made by their own disc jockeys, most likely using utilizing some of the snippets from the original acetate.  That recording has poor sound quality. (my sincere thanks to both David Bussey and Bob Chudicek for  corrections)


26 JANUARY 2011 

CHARLIE LOUVIN DIES AT AGE  83

Charlie Louvin died at 1:30 a.m. this morning from complications stemming from his bout with pancreatic cancer. Details about visitation and the funeral will be announced later.

Charles Elzer Loudermilk, aka  Charlie Louvin, was born  on July 7, 1927 in Henagar, Alabama. He was a cousin of singer and songwriter John D. Loudermilk.

Charlie and his brother Ira formed  the  famous duo ' The Louvin Brothers' . They became members of the ' Grand Ole Opry'   in  1955, the same year Jim joined. The duo split up in 1963.

The Louvin Brothers appeared together with Jim Reeves on many shows.  On one of those tours they performed with other 'Opry' members in Canada in the late Fifties. Jim was quite impressed by the performances by the Louvin Brothers. In a letter to Mary, written in a hotel Jim was staying, he wrote: "...the Louvins  have been good company . They are terrific as people and entertainers too" ( courtesy Frank C. Anderson)

I had the pleasure to see and hear Charlie, together with Charles Whitstein  perform at  a show in The Netherlands on 31st May 1993. It was later released on CD. After the show I interviewed Charlie about his memories of Jim Reeves. The interview has been published in the fan club magazine .

19 JANUARY 2011 

JAMES O'GWYNN, "  THE SMILING IRISHMAN"   , DIES AT AGE  82

Dough Davies reported in an extra edition of Country Music Classics, that Shirley Johnson, who was president of the James O'Gwynn fan club for many years, reported that James O'Gwynn died early this morning, January 19th, at the hospital in Hattiesburg, MS after a battle with pneumonia, complicated by severe COPD.  He will be buried in Waynesboro, MS. 

James O'Gwynn was  born in Winchester, Missouri on  January 26, 1928. He was known as "  The Smilin' Irishman of Country Music." James joined the "  Houston Jamboree"   show in 1954, and the "  Louisina Hayride "   in late 1956.  

With the help of Jim Reeves, James debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 . He moved to Nashville and performed on  the "  Grand Ole Opry"   for the next two years .

A unit of the "  Grand Ole Opry"   artists, including, Jim Reeves, Red Foley, Kitty Wells, Jimmy Dickens , James o'Gwynn, and others, played in a capacity filled San Antonio Auditorium  on May 7, 1961.   

 

12 JANUARY 2011 

TOM PERRYMAN RADIO INTERVIEW ON JIM REEVES

Tom Perryman was interviewed about Jim Reeves by Terry Buford on KZHE Radio today. Terry presents the Terry Burford request show on Wednesdays from 12-2. Terry has over 50  years of experience in the country music scene and has been inducted in the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall Of Fame in 2001. You can listen to the interview which ran for almost 30 minutes by clicking here .

  1 JANUARY 2011 

WE WISH ALL JIM REEVES FANS A HAPPY 2011!

Most of us will have spent the New Year Celebrations at home or with relatives or friends. In the "  Did You Know"   section you'll read that Jim Reeves didn't always celebrate New Year's eve at home.

Please  click here to  read about it
 
 

21 DECEMBER  2010 

JIM REEVES WITH 3 SONGS IN THE  DUTCH RADIO 2  'TOP 2000' CHART  LIST

There are 3 Jim Reeves songs in the Radio 2 'Top 2000' chart list of 2010 to be played on radio from Saturday December 25 at noon and Friday December 31, at midnight. The 3 Jim Reeves songs and their positions are:  at # 1506 - 'DISTANT DRUMS', # 1637 -  'HE'LL HAVE TO GO'  and  at # 1653 -  'I LOVE YOU BECAUSE'

 Please  click here to  listen to Radio 2 on the internet and select the option 'luister' or 'webcam' on the right hand side of the web page.

15 DECEMBER  2010 

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

 

10 DECEMBER  2010 

NRK BROADCAST SHORT CLIP OF SWEDISH JIM REEVES MUSEUM

On December 9, 2010, the Norwegian television station NRK broadcasted a short video clip of the Swedish Jim Reeves Museum in Voxna. It is run by fan club member Bjorn Herlin.  The video clip can  be viewed on the  NRK website.

Please  click here to  view the video clip

 

2 DECEMBER  2010 

4 RARE JIM REEVES PICTURES

We proudly present a World Premiere, 4 rare pictures of Jim Reeves , believed  to be have never before published on the web, through courtesy of Frank C. Anderson.

Please  click here to  view the pictures

1 DECEMBER  2010 

' CHRISTMAS WITH JIM'  RADIO SPECIAL

British country music internet radio station, ukcountryradio.com, will re-transmit the two hour Jim Reeves Christmas Special hosted by Alan Potter and special guest David Bussey.  The program will be transmitted on Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December at 12:00  GMT, and  on Boxing Day, Sunday December 26th, at 18:00 GMT. 

RADIO 227 JIM REEVES CHRISTMAS SPECIAL TO BE TRANSMITTED   ON SUNDAY 26 DECEMBER  2010

Dutch radio station RADIO 227, which can be listened to on the internet too,  will transmit a JIM REEVES CHRISTMAS special on Boxing Day, Sunday December 26th 2010, from 21:00 to 22:00 CET. All of the twelve songs from the album '12 Songs of Christmas' will be played, but the listeners will have influence over the order in which they will be played. Please send your list of 5 of your favourite songs from that album, before December 22nd   to   Studio@radio227.nl .

 

22 NOVEMBER  2010 

  'I'LL FLY AWAY' COURT CASE RULING  

In today's edition of his radio program Tom Perryman reported about a court case over the rights of Albert Brumley's composition  'I'LL FLY AWAY'.

As reported in an article in an issue of a recent  fan club magazine, Albert Brumley, who died in 1977,  got the idea for the song while picking cotton on his parent's  farm in 1929. It is believed to be  one of the most recorded gospel songs. Jim Reeves recorded it for the album 'WE THANK THEE' in RCA's famous Studio B on January 29th, 1962.

A number of members of Albert's  family were disputing over the rights to the song with another member of the family and two music companies.   The court decided in favour of the family members.

11 NOVEMBER  2010 

  ELEVENTH  ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF MARY REEVES 

Click here to  read about it 

 

31 OCTOBER  2010

UPDATE ON LOUIE REEVES MCNEESE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

The Panola Watchman published a short bio and funeral arrangements for Louie Reeves McNeese in the October 29, 2010 edition.

Please  click here to  read the bio,  and here  to view a picture of her, it was  taken by me  in Carthage on April 12, 2003. The lady on the left is her daughter  Jo Ann McNeese Watson. Louie lived with her daughter Jo Ann's family until October 10th, 2010 when she had a stroke and was taken to hospital. She was there for 17 days until she passed away.
 

DUTCH RADIO 5 NOSTALGIA'S EVERGREEN TOP 1000 CHART FEATURES 8 JIM REEVES SONGS.

Dutch Radio 5 Nostalgia's Evergreen Top 1000 chart will be transmitted this week, from Monday November 1, till Friday November 5, 2010, from 7 AM till  7 PM Central European Time. ( Please note,  it changed to Wintertime today) The chart features 8 Jim Reeves songs: #12. He'll Have To Go,  # 32. Distant Drums,  # 58. I Love You Because, # 102. Adios Amigo, # 196. Bimbo, # 677. I Won't Forget You, # 733. Welcome To My World, and # 953. Blue Boy.
Please  click here to  listen to the program on the internet.

 

28 OCTOBER  2010

LAST LIVING SISTER OF JIM REEVES HAS DIED

The Lufkin Daily News of today published the news that Louie Reeves McNeese, of Zavalla,  died in a  local hospital on  Wednesday, October 27, 2010. She was 100 years of age. Services are pending with the Carroway Funeral Home in Huntington.  

 

IN MEMORIAM -  UKO NIEBORG

 Klik hier  om er meer over te lezen


21 OCTOBER  2010

FAN CLUB MEETING IN HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS ON OCTOBER 17, 2010

Please  click here to  read about it and view the pictures

11 OCTOBER  2010

SOUL ARTIST SALOMON BURKE DIES AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 10, 2010

US soul artist Salomon Burke, died shortly after landing at Amsterdam Airport, on Sunday October 10, 2010. Mr. Burke was going to perform  with the Dutch group DE DIJK  in Paradiso, Amsterdam on Tuesday.  Salomon Bourke recorded Jim's hit 'He'll Have To Go' in 1964. That Country and Soul version reached the number 51 position on the Billboard Top 100 chart. 

 

3 OCTOBER  2010

 

IRISH JOURNALIST REMEMBERS THE JIM REEVES TOUR OF IRELAND IN 1963 WITH A 25 PAGE BOOKLET

Please  click here to  read about it

1 OCTOBER  2010

 

DEAN KELLY'S SPEECH FOR THE INDUCTION OF RAY WINKLER INTO THE TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ON AUGUST 21, 2010


Ray Winkler's daughter Bette, kindly submitted the text of the speech that Dean Kelly delivered at Ray Winkler's  induction into the TCMHOF. 

Please  click here to  read about it

 

29 SEPTEMBER  2010

  KEITH URBAN RECEIVED THE JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD AT THE 4TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS 

Keith Urban received the Jim Reeves International Award at the 4th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 20th, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Keith, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, received the award for taking country music to all around the world.

Please  click here to  read more about it


22 SEPTEMBER  2010

  JIM REEVES FAN COMMISSIONED AN ANGEL MONUMENT AT THE JIM REEVES MEMORIAL

Please  click here to  read about it

 

15 SEPTEMBER  2010

TOM AND BILLY PERRYMAN CELEBRATED 64TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

On Tuesday 14 September, Tom and Billy Perryman celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary.  Billy was Tom's special guest in the second hour of his weekdays only 'CLASSIC COUNTRY' radio program on KKUS - The Ranch. She told about her memories of those 64 years. They especially remembered the old days when Tom began his career in radio, and told stories about Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley. Tom and Jim together bought KGRI radio, which Tom managed.  Tom usually plays one or two Jim Reeves songs in his program.

 

9 SEPTEMBER  2010

ISSUE No. 122 OF FAN CLUB MAGAZINE

In this issue we published  two pictures we had received from a fan a number of  years ago, they once belonged to Jim and Mary. They are labelled 'Tom Reeves' and  'Beulah Reeves' on the back of each picture.
 
Ms. Lani Arnold, Jim's  niece sent  a letter to us with these comments:  " I find it real hard to believe that the pictures are of Mary Beulah and Tom Reeves. My mother and sister Louie never saw a picture of their Dad. My Grandmother never had a picture of him. I can't believe it's a picture of her Grandmother since her father left the family and her Mother had to raise her alone and they didn't have much money. She seems to have a nice hair barrett and pearls on. Did you ever see the picture of my Grandmother, Mom, Jim and Uncle Alton? The background is an old dirty quirt. This just doesn't add up. "

Those two are not just ordinary pictures, but two people dressed up in their finest clothes for possibly a special occasion. It is unknown if all of  the children of Tom and  Beulah inherited copies of all the family pictures.

 A member of White  family, Mary's maiden name was White,  who had read  the article in the fan club magazine stated he didn't recognize the people in  the pictures.

 

4 SEPTEMBER  2010

SPECIAL JIM REEVES  RADIO BROADCAST ON RADIO 227

Starting tomorrow Sunday the 5th of September 2010 you can listen to all the songs Gentleman Jim ever recorded in this special series from Radio 227. In  chronological order you hear how Jim started as a hillbilly country artist and later in the series  how he was the one who introduced the Nashville sound to his recordings and hear him sing songs made famous with  this magnificent music style.

Please  click here to  read about it

2 SEPTEMBER  2010

 

INDUCTION OF RAY WINKLER INTO THE TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ON AUGUST 21, 2010


Bette Winkler-Hodges daughter of the Ray Winkler, co-writer of "  Welcome to My World " ,   wrote about  her father's induction into the TCMHOF in a letter to us, illustrated with a few pictures.

Please  click here to  read about it



 28 AUGUST  2010


FAN CLUB MEETING PLANNED FOR SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER 2010

On Sunday October 17, we'll have another fan club meeting in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Special guest will be again Henk Bederode. If you would like to attend the meeting and enjoy a wonderful afternoon among other entusiastic European Jim Reeves  fans and wish to receive details about the meeting, please contact us for details. This year we'll celebrate the 35th anniversary of the fan club and the 27th fan club meeting.

24 AUGUST  2010


GEORGE  KENT  WRITER OF "  HOW CAN I WRITE ON PAPER"   PASSED AWAY AT AGE 75

George O. Kent passed away on August 12 at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado . George was born in Dallas, Texas on June 12, 1935.

George was with the Dallas Police Department for five years before moving to Nashville. He was married to Darla Kent for some time. She worked at  the Jim Reeves Enterprises office. George wrote  songs for Jim Reeves and other artists.

On September 5, 1961 Jim recorded  " HOW CAN I WRITE ON PAPER, WHAT I FEEL IN MY HEART" , a song that George co-wrote  with  Don Carter. Although Jim's name is on the song bcredits,  George stated that Jim had nothing to do with the writing. To read more about George , please  click here to  read the story on  the hillbilly-music website.

22 AUGUST  2010


BEFORE AND AFTER


This is the result of recent digital color correction a faded color picture of and Jimmy Latham, Jim Reeves, and  Leo Jackson.  It was taken during the week of August 20, 1954 since Jim is holding a wrapped Birthday present in his hands. The present was likely a gift from Jackie Holler, his fan club president. Jimmy Latham played steel guitar on " Penny Candy", Leo Jackson played lead guitar on the same song. This was Leo's first recording session with Jim.

Color correction by Mike Creasy, original picture is by courtesy by Mr. Frank C. Anderson



20 AUGUST  2010


HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!


 

courtesy: Mike Creasy


19 AUGUST  2010


TOM PERRYMAN WILL HOSTS A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON HIS RADIO PROGRAM AT KKUS ON AUGUST 20

On Friday August 20, Jim would have celebrated his 87h Birthday. Tom Perryman will play Jim Reeves' tribute in his radio program at KKUS '  THE RANCH' from 9 am till 11am.  You can listen to the program in streaming audio at http://theranch.fm/ .

TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ACTIVITIES IN THE
AUGUST 20 -  21 WEEKEND

In today's Tom Perryman's radio program on KKUS ' The Ranch', Tammy Ritter-Smith announced some activities which will be he held at the TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME this coming weekend.

On Friday August 20, which happens to have been Jim's 87th Birthday if he'd still lived, Joyce Jackson will be singing her book  from  1 to 3 am . Ms. Ritter-Smith mentioned the title '  Jim Reeves and other singers', but the title is  '  My Memories of Jim Reeves . . . And Other  Celebrities'  naturally. Joyce will be back signing her book on Saturday.  Ms. Smith mentioned there will be some new books too.  Are we in for a Birthday surprise? 

On Saturday August 21,  Ray Winkler, co-writer of one of Jim Reeves' biggest hits, " Welcome To My World " is one of three inductees in the 2010 TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, The other inductees are George Jones and  Al Dexter. THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME / TEX RITTER MUSEUM is located in Jim's birthplace Carthage, Panola County. Except for a short posting abouy his induction into the TCMHOF in 1998 we  could not find any reference to Jim Reeves on the website of the TCMHOF . There is an extensive collection of Jim Reeves memorabelia on display in the museum, at least there was a couple of years ago.  

Please  click here to  visit the TCMHOF website


8 AUGUST  2010

SPECIAL JIM REEVES  RADIO BROADCAST ON RADIO 227

 

Starting on Sunday the 5th of September 2010 you can listen to all the songs Gentleman Jim ever recorded in this special series from Radio 227. In  chronological order you hear how Jim started as a hillbilly country artist and later in the series  how he was the one who introduced the Nashville sound to his recordings and hear him sing songs made famous with  this magnificent music style.

Please  click here to  read about it

1 AUGUST  2010

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  GINNY WRIGHT!

Today celebrates Ginny Wright her Birthday. She was born on August 1, 1932 in Georgia. Jim Reeves and Ginny recorded together the song  "  I Love You"   on the Fabor label. 

 

31 JULY  2010

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Today we remember that 46 years ago the lives of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel ended when their single engined Beechraft Debonair crashed in Brentwood, TN, a few miles from the Nashville airport.

Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today. Click here to  view the pictures.

 

 

28 JULY  2010

 

JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTES 2010 LISTING

Please  click here to  read about it

 

TOM PERRYMAN SWAPS TALES FROM HIS LIFE IN TEXAS 'HILLBILLY' RADIO

The HENDERSON DAILY NEWS published an article about a vist of Tom Perryman to  Henderson Rotary Club's weekly luncheon program Friday afternoon. He delivered humorous anecdotes and fascinating tidbits of country music lore.

Click  here to read the article


18 JULY  2010

10th ANNUAL JIM REEVES TRIBUTE IN HENDERSON, TEXAS ON   JULY 24, 2010

The John Rex Reeves website reports:

The 10th annual Jim Reeves Tribute will be held at the middle school in Henderson, TX. on  July 24, 2010.  Jim started his DJ and musical career there.

We are proud to bring back the tribute again this year with some really exciting news.  We will have our regular talent show beginning at 6:00 p.m. but with much more excitement this year.  We will be a part of the Colgate Country Showdown Talent Show sponsored by KPXI 100.7 FM radio in Henderson.  The winner will receive a cash prize plus a chance to move up in the national standings.  The Showdown has been a stepping stone to stardom for several young artists.  All interested entries please call 281-852-8308 or email johnrex@johnrexreeves.com.

John Rex will host the tribute at 7:00 p.m.  Billy Harlan of Kentucky, bass player for Jim, will be a special guest along with former Blackwood Brothers piano player, J.C. Clark of Houston.   This should be a great show for the entire family.  Reserve your tickets early by calling 281-852-8308.  Come help us celebrate the music of a true world-wide super star that started right here in east Texas.


16 JULY  2010

VETERAN DJ TOM PERRYMAN CELEBRATES HIS 83RD BIRTHDAY TODAY
 
Veteran DJ Tom Perryman, former friend and business associate of Jim Reeves, celebrates his 83rd Birthday today. Tom is still active in radio and has a daily  one hour country mysic program from Monday till Friday at KKUS The Ranch. Today on his program he mentioned that just before or about he first met Elvis Presley in 1954, he went to the deejay convention in Nashville where he broadcast an hour live from the Andrew Jackson hotel.   Tom just found a tape recording he made of it.  On that tape are a lot of artists and on one of them is Jim Reeves who just started hitting it big. Right after the show I called Tom and congratulated him also in behalf of members of the fan club. Tom visited us at home in the Netherlands, almost 12 years ago, where we did an interview. Tom and his wife Billie has not forgotten that visit.

  15 JULY  2010

SONGWRITING LEGEND HANK COCHRAN PASSES AWAY

Songwriting legend Hank Cochran passed away last night after suffering from a long illness.  He was almost 75. 

Jim Reeves recorded two songs Hank had written: "  Make The World Go Away"  , and "  I Fall To Pieces"   . He got the inspiration for "  Make The World Go Away"   at a visit to a movie theatre. When he got home, he wrote the song in 15 minutes.

I had the pleasure of doing an interview by telephone with Hank in 2005, through courtesy of his agent Martha Moore, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Nashville in April 2003. The interview will be published in the fan club journal soon.
Click  here for the press release by Martha Moore


RECORDING ENGINEER BILL PORTER  AWAY

Recording engineer Bill Porter died on July 7, 2010. He was just 79. He started to work as a sound engineer at RCA Studio B on March 31, 1959  and quit working for RCA in November 1964. 

The first Jim Reeves recording session he did was June 9, 1959 ("  Partners"   and "  I'm Beginning To Forget You"  ). On October 15, 1959 Bill was at the knobs of the control panel when Jim recorded "  He'll Have To Go  " which created the rich, smooth and velvet Jim Reeves sound .
  
When once Chet Atkins was asked how he got his NASHVILLE  SOUND , Chet replied: ' It was Bill Porter who made it. '

Click here  to  read a tribute by an Australian Elvis Presley fans website which includes a letter by Bill Porter about the recording equipment he used in RCA Studio B.


25 JUNE  2010

 

 LINDA FAZIOLI STARS IN " PATSY CLINE AND FRIENDS: SWEET DREAMS AT THE OPRY "

Country music fans will have a treat as country legend Patsy Cline, played by Linda Fazioli, entertains  at Cultural Park Theatre in Cape Coral, Florida. The show is called "  Patsy Cline and Friends: Sweet Dreams at the Opry."  The show will run for nine performances - June 18-20 and 24-27. There will be two shows on both June 19 and 26.

It's a two-act musical play created by Frank Fazioli. Patsy decides to host a party at the Grand Ole Opry, inviting some of her closest friends - all of whom are country stars in their own right.The guest list includes Kenny Rogers (Cecil Cox), Minnie Pearl (Patty Cox), Gentleman Jim Reeves (Johnny K), Ray Stevens (Johnny Russo) and Crystal Gayle (Patty Russo).


  20 JUNE  2010

 

 RAY WINKLER WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Ray Winkler, co-writer of one of Jim Reeves' biggest hits, " Welcome To My World" is one of three inductees in the 2010 TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, to be held on August 21 in Carthage, Texas. The other inductees are George Jones and  Al Dexter.


14 JUNE  2010

 

 JIMMY DEAN DIES AT AGE 81

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean died on June 13 at his home in Varina, at age 81. He was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Olton, Texas.

Dean's His debut single, "  Bummin' Around"  , reached No. 5 on Billboard's country chart in 1953. In  1957 he hosted The Jimmy Dean show show for CBS TV. Jim Reeves appeared on one of the episodes. His biggest success was the 1961 recording," Big Bad John" , which became his signature song. From 1963 to 1966 he hosted the ABC The Jimmy Dean Show. Jim Reeves and the Blue Boys appeared as guests on an episode of the show which was broadcast  on April 2, 1964. Jim Reeves may have never seen the show on television as he and some other RCA artist left New York for a  RCA sponsored tour   in Europe, by plane.

In February it was announced Dean was scheduled to be inducted in to the Country Music  Hall of Fame on October 24, 2010.
 

 

12 JUNE  2010

JIM'S " DISTANT DRUMS" TO FEATURE ON LATEST BEAR FAMILY BOXED-SET
Bear Family has always been good to the serious Jim Reeves collector and fan.  Since 1984 there has been a steady output of superb Reeves' material, and one need look no further than the massive 16 cd set (incidentally still the largest Bear Family set) to begin your collection.  The latest boxed-set and book, a 13 cd blockbuster, entitled " Next stop is Vietnam - 1961 - 2008"  (BCD16070) is a collection of war-related songs connected to the U.S. Forces overseas campaigns during that 47 year period.  Richard Weize has obviously considered that Jim Reeves'  " Distant drums"   falls into the required category, for the song is featured on cd1, track 9. Many would argue that including the word "drums" in the song does not necessarily constitute a war song, and the writer Cindy Walker never discussed the song's inferences.  However, the fact it was 1961 and  the Vietnam war had begun, was in producer Chet Atkin's eyes enough reason to turn the song down as not being right for the time.  Thanks to Jim's appreciation of an excellent song, we got a demo and the rest is history.

Click  here to  go to the Bear Family Home page


30 MAY  2010

HISTORIC QUONSET HUT STUDIO UPDATE

The  restoration of the historic Owen Bradley’s studio has been completed. The studio is up and running and is used by students for recording projects and other special events. The International Country Music Conference hosted a panel discussion there in 2009.

Presently there are no memorabilia from artists who once recorded there, on display, nor is the studio part of any tour.

The Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash memorabilia purchased by Mike Curb, are stored at facilities on Music Row and both facilities suffered no water damage.

Parts of the James Newberry collection are on display in Carthage, Texas. The KWKH radio equipment and other Jim Reeves memorabilia used to be on display at the museum next to the Opry House for a number of years. No doubt the flooding would have destroyed a large part of  if it  had still been there.

15 MAY  2010

NEW THOMSON HOLIDAY TV COMMERCIAL

A new 30 seconds long Thomson Holiday 30 seconds long commercial with again the voice track of Jim Reeves singing ' Welcome To My World' , has been spotted on British  television. A few scenes from the previous commercial have been incorporated.  It has not been uploaded to Youtube yet.

5 MAY  2010

SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF LEO JACKSON'S DEATH

Yesterday it was the second anniversary of the death of Leo Jackson. It's hard to believe he choose to leave this world two years ago. Talking to some of his friends recently, I learned that he is much missed for conversations about country music, guitars, Jim Reeves, watching movies and sport on television, in no particular order, because he had a vast knowledge about all of these subjects.

It must have been fun on ' Big Blue' back then, with Jim Reeves and the Blue Boys, travelling from one show to another, as Leo recalled on some radio and television documentaries. 

Those who have seen Leo perform at the fan club meeting in Carthage in April 2003 and at concerts in Europe a couple of years ago, will agree that he had not lost his skills. There are several American and European fans who have informed me that regret not having been to any of the venues where Leo played. Quite a few Jim Reeves fans liked him or even adored him, for he was a living link to Jim Reeves.

Leo and me were friends for 18 years, and it has been a wonderful friendship to both of us.

I will share with you one wonderful afternoon in April 2003,  when Leo, myself and Marco van Vugt, were invited to a visit of the Country Music Hall of Fame's preserved RCA Studio B by the Senior Historian of the CMF, Mr. John Rumble.  A wonderful experience for which quite a few fans would have traded an arm and a leg!

Click here to  view the webpage

 

4 MAY  2010

DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE FLOODED

We  received reports from friends in Nashville that after a torrential rainfall last Sunday, parts of Nashville have been flooded. The River Cumberland reached record levels and burst its banks, flooding lower Broadway. The Opryland Hotel, the Opry building,  building have been flooded and damaged. Guests at The Opryland Hotel had to be evacuated, the water level there was " Ten Feet High And Risin' " . The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center won't reopen for several months. It will mean that a large percentage of Nashville  hotel rooms and convention business will be closed during the tourist season.

The Country Music Hall of Fame has been flooded but there are no reports of damage to the vast collection of the Country Music Hall Of Fame. The museum has been closed yesterday and today.

The street near the historic Ryman Auditorium has been closed off but it is believed that the water has not reached the building. The Grand Ole Opry will be using other Nashville venues this week.  Tonight’s (May 4) performance will be at The War Memorial Auditorium, Thursday's Opry Classics remain at the Ryman,  and this weekend performances move to the Ryman. Both The War Memorial and the Ryman are former homes of the Grand Ole Opry. 

The extent of the flood damage to the Opry House is still being evaluated. The last time the Opry had to move was 35-years ago, the last time the Cumberland River flooded. It is too early to determine how long Opry operations will be impacted.  On May 25th, the Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its 85th Birthday.

If you wish to read the latest updates about  the flooding please click here  for The Nashville Tennessean newspaper and here  for NewsChannel5, both also feature video news clips.

 

UPDATED STORY - 5 MAY  2010

The wooden circle where once Jim Reeves stood and performed at the Ryman Auditorium, and  which has been incorporated in the stage of  the Opry House in 1974, is submerged in water. Papers and historical documents at the Grand Ole Opry House and at WSM-AM Opryland offices have been soaked with water. The Opryland museum displays may have suffered water damage too. Beside the huge economical damage, the loss of irreplaceable  country music documents and  memorabilia is horrendous. How much Jim Reeves' related  material has been destroyed or damaged is unknown yet.

 

29 APRIL 2010

MARY REEVES' SECOND WILL

 If you wish to read more about Mary Reeves'  second will,

please click here  for the AP newspaper article ( courtesy AP)

and please click here  for the ruling (courtesy Leagle, Inc.)

 

6 APRIL 2010

ALTON DOUGLAS THOMAS, BROTHER OF LANI ARNOLD, DIES AT AGE 66

With sadness we learned of the death of the brother of Lani Arnold on April 2, 2010. In a letter we received 2 weeks ago, Lani wrote that Alton had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and had only a few weeks to live. She was  spending as much time with him as was possible. She informed us that Alton was named after her Uncle Alton that was killed by lightening. Lani and her brother Alton are children of the late Vergie Thomas, who was one of the sisters of Jim Reeves.

In the Shreveport Times of today, an obituary with details about the visitation and funeral has been posted.  You'll find a link to post  words of comfort to the family in the obituary.

Click here to  read  the obituary

 

4 APRIL 2010


 

A HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER!

We wish all  Jim Reeves fans a happy and blessed Easter and wish to remind that what is written in the Bible at Luke 24:34 "It is true! The Lord has risen."

 

31 MARCH 2010

A FORMAL DRESS ONCE BELONGING TO PATSY CLINE ON AUCTION

A formal dress, once belonging to Patsy Cline will be auctioned  on April 9 by Heritage Auctions in  Beverly Hills, CA. The pink dress which carries a flower motif on the front, has a label attached with the words " Patsy Cline Las Vegas in 1962". Patsy performed in the Mint Theatre in Las Vegas in November and December 1962. Jim Reeves did a 2 week stint in the same venue at the end of September of that same year.    

 

11 MARCH 2010

BRENTON BANKS, NASHVILLE SESSION MUSICIAN AND JAZZ ARTIST DIED

Ronnie Light reported that Brenton Banks, one of Nashville’s great session players from the 60s, died in LA. on January 2nd. The name Brenton Banks may be unfamiliar to many Jim Reeves fans, but Brenton played  on  all Jim Reeves recording on which violins were used to create a rich and warm 'pop' sound.  His very  first Jim Reeves  session was on March 31st, 1960 when the first six songs for the "The Intimate Jim Reeves" album were recorded. Brenton played also on the last Jim Reeves recording session on July 2nd, 1964, and continued to play on overdub sessions from 1966 till 1975. He was an extremely versatile and talented musician. 

Dave Paulson at The Tennessean wrote an article about Brenton and found a wonderful photo taken of Brenton in Nashville in 1959.

Click here to  read  it

 

6 MARCH 2010

STEVE WARINER  RECEIVES 'GRAMMY AWARD

On January 31st, Steve Wariner received a Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy Award for 'Producer's Medley,' from his album "My Tribute to Chet Atkins” . The instrumental contains parts of some Chet Atkins' produced songs by  JIM REEVES, The Browns, Don Gibson, Skeet Davis, Al Hirt, and others.

Click here to  read about it

TONY WALL SINGS JIM REEVES' SONGS  LIVE ON MOTHER'S DAY

On Mother's Day, Sunday 14 March, Tony Wall will sing Jim Reeves' songs at "The Crown" in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

Click here to  read about it

 

13 FEBRUARY  2010

DUTCH RADIO 227 'JIM REEVES VALENTINE TOP 20'

Tomorrow, Sunday 14 February, Valentines day, Dutch Radio 227 will air the first 'JIM REEVES VALENTINE TOP 20' . Listeners could send their 5 top romantic Jim Reeves songs to the station.

Click here to  read about it

 

NEW THOMSON HOLIDAY TV COMMERCIAL ON THE WEB

The new Thomson Holiday television commercial has been recently uploaded on Youtube. It's a very attractive commercial, the third in a  'Welcome To My World' series, which has given the music of Jim Reeves a big boost, to reach a public it had not reached before. Considering the fact this happened almost 45 years after Jim's biggest hit in the UK, 'Distant Drums' reached the top of the UK Charts, we  can expect a rise of both  the  number of Jim Reeves fans and the sale  of Jim Reeves recordings in the UK. No doubt Jim would have been very proud.

Thomson Holidays - Thomson Advert Jan 2009
Thomson staff build the perfect holiday...

Please  click here to  view the commercial

Thomson Holidays - Thomson Day to Night TV Ad - June 2009
Thomson staff build the perfect holiday...

Please  click here to  view the commercial

Thomson Holidays - Thomson Advert December 2009
Thomson TV ad - first aired 17 December 2009.

Please  click here to  view the commercial
 

23 JANUARY  2010

'MAN OF THE YEAR 2010 ' NOMINATION

One can vote for their favourite singer at the Dutch website   'MAN VAN HET JAAR 2010' ( MAN OF THE YEAR 2010).  Michael Jackson attracted 1.322 votes, and 72 fans voted on Jim Reeves so far. One can visit the website and click on the English flag to get the text in English, and cast your vote on Jim Reeves! 

  Click here to  visit the 'Man of the Year 2010' website

10 JANUARY  2010

NOTED ARRANGER SHELDON KURLAND DIED

Shelley ( Sheldon) Kurland played violin on many Jim Reeves overdub sessions between 1966  Songs such as 'Distant Drums', 'Nobody's Fool', 'My Hands Are Clean', 'Trying To Forget', 'Deep Dark Water', 'Crying Is My Favourite Mood', 'He Will', and 'Crying In My Sleep'. On July 23, 1981 he played, as leader of 'The Sheldon Kurland Strings' on the Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline overdub session, which proved to be his last Jim Reeves overdub session.

Reproduced with kind permission of Music Row magazine and Robert K. Oerman..

http://www.musicrow.com/2010/01/noted-arranger-sheldon-kurland-passes/

"HOW MANY TEARS FROM NOW?" - THE JURY IS STILL OUT

At last there's a reaction to the November article which suggested the melodies to Jenny Lou Carson's "Many Tears Ago" and Jim's "How Many Tears From Now?" are the same.

Click here to  read about it

 

9 JANUARY  2010

DUTCH RADIO 227 'JIM REEVES VALENTINE TOP 20'

On Sunday 14 February, Valentines day, Dutch Radio 227 will air the first 'JIM REEVES VALENTINE TOP 20' . Listeners can send their 5 top romantic Jim Reeves songs to the station.

Click here to  read about it

 

3 JANUARY  2010

55 YEARS AGO JIM REEVES RETURNED FROM A CHRISTMAS USO TOUR TO AMERICAN FORCES BASES IN  FRANCE AND GERMANY

55 Years ago,  a group of American artists toured Europe and performed at American Forces Bases in France and Germany at Christmas 1954. The group headed by Forrest Tucker left Burbank, California at December 17, 1954 to return on January 3, 1955. Jim Reeves was the only country music artist in the group. There he met magician Dick O'Shaughnessy, who would become one of his closest friends and accompanied him on a few other foreign tours, among them the 1957 USO tour to American bases in Germany. 

 

27 DECEMBER  2009

SHREVEPORT'S MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM WILL BECOME A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK

The Shreveport Times reported that Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium, home of the Louisiana Hayride between 1948 and 1960, has become a National Historic Landmark on  December 22.

Please  click here to  read the article

Please  click here to  read the article about the ceremony

 

24 DECEMBER  2009

UPDATE ON JOYCE JACKSON'S BOOK  ABOUT JIM REEVES AND OTHER CELEBRITIES

The soft cover book 'My Memories of Jim Reeves . . . And Other  Celebrities' by Joyce Jackson can be ordered at Amazon.com.  The price including postage and handling for European customers is just over Euro 20. To place your order for the book at Amazon.com click here.  Please note the delivery estimate for European customers ranges from one to two months after placing the order.

 

23 DECEMBER  2009

CHRISTMAS ALONE

While listening to a  tape copy of the Christmas show, presented by Dave Bussey and Alan Potter and to be transmitted in the UK ( and on the web ) three times at Christmas, I noticed that they played  two different versions of 'CHRISTMAS ALONE', one by Jim Reeves, the other by Red Sovine.  I did some research  and you can read my report  here.

 

22 DECEMBER  2009

NEW THOMPSON HOLIDAY TV COMMERCIAL

A British member reported that he visited a local HMV store (not a large one) & searched the ever-decreasing country music section. All that remained in the Jim Reeves partition was a copy of "The Christmas Songbook" and 6 copies of "The Very Best of".  He  thought it is strange that HMV were having another 'go' at this massive-selling album at the bargain price of £7.99 (which of course is a full-priced release which should sell at double the price).  The HMV Country Sales Chart in the December issue of "Country Music People" magazine had "Christmas Songbook" at no.7 and the Camden "Legends" 3cd set at no.13.  But no mention of "The Very Best of".

During Friday evening at 8.45pm while watching ITV Channel 4, the commercial break included a brand new 30 seconds commercial from Thomson Holidays which again featured Jim singing "Welcome to my world".  It would appear that Jim is once more a part of their campaign to sell holidays over the ITV Networks at the beginning of the New Year. 

While visiting a local supermarket (Morrisons) on Saturday, they too were promoting the album at £9.99. Yes sir!!  Sony certainly haven't finished with Jim yet!!

Two more British fans reported to have seen the new Thompson travel commercial , it is a different one to the ones of last year and of this summer.  A copy of the latter can be found on Youtube here.

 

UPDATE ON JOYCE JACKSON'S BOOK  ABOUT JIM REEVES AND OTHER CELEBRITIES

Nova Books Nashville  informed us that they have the soft cover book 'My Memories of Jim Reeves . . . And Other  Celebrities' by Joyce Jackson in stock.

 

15 DECEMBER  2009

JOYCE JACKSON'S BOOK  ABOUT JIM REEVES AND OTHER CELEBRITIES SOON TO BE RELEASED

The book 'My Memories of Jim Reeves . . . And Other  Celebrities' by Joyce Jackson will be soon available, according to Walter Trott, publisher of Nova  Books Nashville.  The book has actually been completed since December 10,  the publisher  has yet to receive  their initial order from the printer in LaVergne, Tennessee.  According to information supplied by the publisher, the book  retails at $19.95 (U.S.) for the soft cover edition, and $24.95 (U.S.) for the hardback  version - plus appropriate S&H cost.  They anticipate receiving this first order by Dec. 18  (or sooner).

 Please  click here to  visit the website of Nova Books Nashville and view a picture of the cover of the book.

 

9 DECEMBER  2009

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

 

8 DECEMBER 2009

SWEDISH JIM REEVES IS ORGANISING A MUSICAL GET TOGETHER ON 12 DECEMBER 

Click here to  read about it

 

1 DECEMBER 2009

CALLING ALL JIM REEVES FANS - NOT TO BE MISSED THIS CHRISTMAS TIDE!

A UNIQUE CHRISTMAS TREAT TO REMEMBER. FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER! A 2 HOUR FESTIVE SHOW BROADCAST WORLDWIDE OVER THE INTERNET ON CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY AND BOXING DAY WHICH INCLUDES ALL JIM REEVES CHRISTMAS AND SEASONAL SONGS.

Click here to  read about it

 

12 NOVEMBER 2009

"HOW MANY TEARS FROM NOW?"

We have received an update to interesting article about the song "How Many Tears From Now On"  from a British Jim Reeves fan.

Click here to  read the article

 

11 November 2009

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

Click here to  read about it

 

10 NOVEMBER 2009

TOMORROW WILL BE THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF MARY REEVES

Tomorrow will be the tenth anniversary of the death of Mary Reeves. In memory of Mary we have published a rare picture of Mary Reeves and Jim Ed Brown at a function in the Jim Reeves Museum on this website.

 

Click here to  view the picture

 

27 OCTOBER 2009

"HOW MANY TEARS FROM NOW?"

We have received an interesting article about the song "How Many Tears From Now On"  from a British Jim Reeves fan. Although it may be published on other Jim Reeves websites too, we would still like to share this article with you all.

Click here to  read the article

 

22 OCTOBER 2009

LEO JACKSON WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY TODAY

Leo Jackson was born 75 years ago today. Unfortunately Leo died on May 4, 2008, but his memory and guitar artistry still lives on through  the Jim Reeves recordings he played on. A showcase of his artistry can be found on the MOUNTAIN VIEW PARK  concert, of August 1961. Members of the fan club had a World exclusive when they received a CD album with an almost complete recording of the show, the tape bought and paid for by members at an Ebay auction.  A British record company, H&H music  has recently released a CD album which contains a large part, but not all,  of the show. Now more fans, both in Britain and elsewhere, can  enjoy that show.

  

LEONA ATKINS, WIDOW OF CHET ATKINS, DIED AT AGE 85

Leona Atkins, widow of world famous guitarist Chet Atkins, died at her home in Nashville after a lengthy illness on October 21st at th age of 85. Before her marriage to Chet, she sang with twin sister Lois Johnson as the Johnson Twins. She married Chet in 1946. Her sister Lois married  Jethro Burns of Homer & Jethro in the same year.
 

Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 24, at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Highway 100, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Willowbrook Hospice, 381 Riverside Drive, Suite 440, Franklin, or to the Chet Atkins Music Education Fund, P.O. Box 44025, Nashville, 37244.

 

UPDATE ON THE LATEST H&H MUSIC JIM REEVES RELEASES
 

Customers who ordered and received the DVD  'THE JIM REEVES ANTHOLOGY' through the H&HMUSIC website, received an e-mail which notified them that  a quality control problem occurred in some of the copies of the Oslo section of the DVD.  They are working hard to remedy this problem. Although their copy may not have been affected, H&HMUSIC has the intention  to send  a replacement.
 

On their website, HMV offers the  DVD  'THE JIM REEVES ANTHOLOGY' at £8.99, with free delivery in the UK. The release date has been postponed and set to November 9.

 

On their website, AMAZON (UK)  offers the   DVD  'THE JIM REEVES ANTHOLOGY'  for £10.29, with free delivery in the UK.  The release date  has been postponed to October 26th, two weeks earlier than HMV!

 

12 OCTOBER 2009

JIM REEVES FEATURED AS 'ARTIST OF THE WEEK' ON DUTCH RADIO 5

This week, Dutch Radio 5, which broadcasts mainly music for listeners who are over the age of 50, has selected Jim Reeves to be the 'Artist of the week.  Thy play at least one  Jim Reeves record each hour. Please  click here to  read more about it ( in Dutch).

Between November 2 and 6, Radio 5 will transmit the EVERGREEN TOP 1000. Till 23 October listeners can vote on line  who their favourite top 5 records are. 

You can listen to Radio 5 on the web here. 

 

11 OCTOBER 2009

 LATEST  H&HMUSIC JIM REEVES CD ALBUM 'THERE'S SOMEONE WHO LOVES YOU' ON SALE AT HMV AT A DISCOUNT PRICE

On their website, HMV offers the latest  JIM REEVES 2 CD album 'THERE'S SOMEONE WHO LOVES YOU' at £8.99, with free delivery in the UK. The release date will be on  October 12th.  (disclaimer by HMV: The price displayed is for web site purchases only, and may differ to the price  in HMV Stores)

In contrast, H&HMUSIC  set the release date on October 19th,  and sells the CD for £14.48, including postage to Europe.  An American website has the world premier for charging the highest price  for this CD album; $25 (approx.  £15.00 plus additional shipping and handling). But  European orders will be shipped from Europe instead!

If HMV can make a profit on this album, they would not stock the album if they wouldn't, why do others charge a much higher price for this album?!

 

 H&HMUSIC JIM REEVES DVD ALBUM 'THE JIM REEVES ANTHOLOGY' ON SALE AT AMAZON.CO.UK

On their website, AMAZON (UK)  offers the   DVD  'THE JIM REEVES ANTHOLOGY'  for £8.99, with free delivery in the UK, and  £10.31  for European orders. The release date will be on  October 19th. 

For comparison, H&HMUSIC charges £14.48, and the US website charges $25 plus S&H.

 

6 OCTOBER 2009

 GINNY WRIGHT RECOVERING FROM HEALTH PROBLEM

Ginny Wright, who recorded the duet 'I LOVE YOU' with Jim Reeves on the FABOR label in 1953, reported that she has been suffering from an irregular heart rhythm. The medication she received fortunately has a good effect but she still feels weak at times. Former fellow FABOR recording artist TOM TALL, with whom Ginny also recorded a duet for the FABOR label, had a few strokes and is now in a nursing home. We wish Ginny a speedy recovery, she loves to go to work in her yard again soon!

15 SEPTEMBER 2009

 JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MEETING

On Sunday 13 September 2009 the fan club  held a fan club meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Special guest  was member Henk Brederode who sang Jim Reeves' songs.

Please  click here to  read more about it

DUTCH RADIO 5 NOSTALIGIA'S WEEK OF THE 50's

Dutch Radio 5 Nostalgia features "The week of the 50's", playing music from the 1950's. They have featured some less known Jim Reeves songs. On Wednesday at 16.00 CET, a list of the Top 500 songs from the 1950's will be published on their website, the songs will be played the next Thursday and Friday.

Please  click here to  visit the Radio 5 website and click on the 'Luister Live Radio 5 " button to listen to the station in streaming audio.

  

19 AUGUST 2009

 JIM REEVES 86TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

To celebrate what would have been Jim's 86th Birthday,  we  have put up  a 1961 live recording of I KNOW ONE . It was  recorded for  inclusion in either  US Airforce Country Music Time  show #200 or #207, but was not used. 

Click here to listen it with Realplayer

 

 

TOM PERRYMAN WILL HOSTS A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON HIS RADIO PROGRAM AT KKUS ON AUGUST 20

On Thursday August 20, Jim would have celebrated his 86th Birthday. Tom Perryman will play Jim Reeves' songs in the second hour of his radio program at KKUS 'THE RANCH' from 10am till 11am.  You can listen to the program in streaming audio at http://theranch.fm/ . You can contact Tom at the Ranch: 903-590-1921

 

3 AUGUST 2009

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel on July 31st.

Click here to  view the pictures and read who have revitalized the Jim Reeves Memorial.

 

2 AUGUST 2009

BILL ANDERSON JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO

Bill Anderson's Jim Reeves tribute on Sirius Satellite radio, with special guests Tom Perryman and Jim Ed Brown  on The Road House program will be repeated today at 2 PM ET. You can listen to it on the internet too. It's a great show with many interesting stories about Jim Reeves, including one about him wishing to adopt a young boy he happen to see on a street one day, as Jim and Mary couldn't have children.

Please  click here to  go to Sirius Internet radio

 

1 AUGUST 2009

TOM PERRYMAN WRITES BOOK ABOUT HIS RADIO CAREER

Tom Perryman recently wrote a book about his career in radio business called “Keeping It Country“

Please  click here to  read about it

 

31 JULY 2009

45TH ANNIVERSARY

Today we remember the 45th anniversary of the untimely deaths of Jim Reeves and his manager and piano player, Dean Manuel.

'Jim Reeves is gone, but his voice will live on eternally'

 

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

Floral tributes have been put at the graves of both Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel today. We will post pictures of these as soon as they are arrive. The weather conditions for taking good pictures in both Carthage, Tx. and Nashville, Tn. seems to be have been poor since a few days.

 

UPDATE TO THE JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTES LISTING

Please  click here to  read about it

 

FIXED BROKEN LINK TO 'ARCHIVED NEWS ITEMS' SECTION

Please click here to  read them

 

26 JULY 2009

A LIST OF SOME OF THE JIM REEVES RADIO TRIBUTES WHICH WILL BE TRANSMITTED ON THE INTERNET

Please  click here to  read about it

 

20 JULY 2009

UPDATE ON THE SONY/BMG CD ALBUM 'THE VERY BEST OF  JIM REEVES'   AT THE BBC RADIO 1 'TOP 40' CHART

 

This album is in the OFFICIAL BBC RADIO One charts  for 10 weeks now.  The current position at Number 19, it was  23 last week, is heavily influenced by the presence of 6 MICHAEL JACKSON albums in the Top-20. Does that remind us of the UK Charts of August and September of 1964 with several Jim Reeves albums in it ?

Kurt Rokitta reported that in the July 2009 edition of  the magazine  'COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE' , the HMV COUNTRY SALES CHART for July 2009 showed JIM REEVES at the Number 1 position.

Click here to  visit the BBC RADIO 1'S OFFICIAL TOP 40 CHART

 

19 JULY 2009

UPDATE TO 'DID YOU KNOW?' SECTION

We have updated the 'DID YOU KNOW?' section with two new items.

Please  click here to  read about it

 

14 JULY 2009

58TH ANNIVERSARY OF JIM REEVES' FIRST PERFORMANCE ON THE LOUISIANA HAYRIDE

On this day 58 years ago, Jim Reeves performed on the famous Louisiana Hayride for the first time. Jim sang “I  Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You”, a Hank Williams composition, “Unfaithful One”, an Ernest Tubb song and a Hank Thompson composition “Today”. His second performance on the Hayride happened when, according to former 'Hayride' presenter Frank Page,  Sleepy LaBeef who was scheduled to appear at the 'Hayride' on January 24, 1953. On his way to Shreveport, he got a flat tyre and missed the performance. Jim was asked to fill his slot and he performed  a few songs he had recorded in the Jim Beck studio in Dallas some weeks before. Jim sang  'Wagonload of Love', 'What Were You Doing Last Night', and 'How Many'. At Jim's third, and for many years  believed to be his FIRST Hayride appearance,  he sang 'Mexican Joe' on Saturday February 21, 1953. 

  

NEW JIM REEVES WEBSITE IN INDIA, AND A LIVE CONCERT IN TRIBUTE IN TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES 

Please  click here to  read about it

 

 9 JULY 2009

NEW UPDATE TO 'DID YOU KNOW?' SECTION

We have again updated the 'DID YOU KNOW?' section with two new items.

Please  click here to  read about it

 

24 MAY 2009

THE NEW SONY/BMG CD ALBUM 'THE VERY BEST OF  JIM REEVES'  CLIMBED TO THE NUMBER 8 POSITION ON THE BBC RADIO 1 'TOP 40' CHART THIS WEEK!

Click here to  visit the BBC RADIO 1'S OFFICIAL TOP 40 CHART

 

 23 MAY 2009

A NEW SONY/BMG JIM REEVES CD ALBUM  ENTERS THE BBC RADIO 1 'TOP 40' CHART AT NUMBER 9!

SONY/BMG has released a 20 track Jim Reeves compilation CD with a not veryoriginal, but  descriptive title of 'THE VERY BEST OF JIM REEVES'. It entered the prestigious BBC Radio 1 'Top 40' charts on 17 May. It has been a very long time ago since a Jim Reeves album made it to such an important chart.  Some months ago the Thomson Holidays television advert featured the sound track of the song 'Welcome to my world'. That advert proved to the best promotion for Jim Reeves in many years and it revived the interest for Jim Reeves' songs and that song in particular. To the  regular Jim Reeves fans this album offers no new or rare tracks, but it may attract new fans and/or  the demand for less know, but as beautiful tracks!  

 

Click here to  visit the BBC RADIO 1'S OFFICIAL TOP 40 CHART

Click here to  visit the track listing and watch the commercial for the album

 

 17 MAY 2009

'DID YOU KNOW?' SECTION ADDED TO THE WEBSITE

Since Leo Jackson died on the 5th of May 2008, the fan club has frequently received requests from fans 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 added to the website  today and  there will be regular updates , announced here.     

Please  click here to  read about it

 

11 MAY 2009

JIM REEVES FEATURED IN DUTCH RADIO 5 'TOP 1000 OF THE SIXTIES ' PROGRAM

Dutch Radio 5, which broadcasts mainly music for listeners who are over the age of 50, will  transmit the 'TOP 1000 OF THE SIXTIES' chart on radio and internet from May 11 to 15 . Eight Jim Reeves songs are on the list.  At No. 31:  DISTANT DRUMS,  No. 56:  HE'LL HAVE TO GO, No. 73:  ADIOS AMIGO, No. 135:  WELCOME TO MY WORLD,  No. 394: I LOVE YOU BECAUSE,  No. 852:  THERE'S A HEARTACHE FOLLOWING YOU, No. 884: AM I LOSING YOU, and at No. 918,  I WON'T FORGET YOU.
 

You can listen to the program at http://player.omroep.nl/?zenid=52

 

5 MAY 2009

LEO JACKSON REMEMBERED

Leo Jackson died a year ago today. A floral tribute from the fan club has been put on his grave.    

Please  click here to  read about it

 

15 MARCH  2009

DEBORAH  ALLEN SUFFERED A RUPTURED APPENDIX

Female singer Deborah Allen, who was handpicked by Mary Reeves to record posthumously duets with Jim Reeves in 1979, suffered  a ruptured appendix and needed immediate surgery last Friday.  We sent her our 'get well wishes' and she replied :

"It was quite an unexpected scare. A ruptured appendix. Without going into all the details, I will just say it was a very close call and god was watching over me to bring me through such a serious situation. I am at home now beginning my recovery. Please ask them to visit:  www.LastTimeForEverything.com to listen and post comments about my latest song there. All get well e-mails can go through my website  at www.deborahallen.com

Thanks so much for your love ad support, and for all of your prayers.
Sincerely,
 

Deborah Allen

9 MARCH  2009

GRAND OLE OPRY STAR HANK LOCKLIN DIES AT 91

HANK LOCKLIN  died Sunday, 8th  of March  at his home in Brewton, Alabama at the blessed age of  91. Hank Locklin's greatest hits were “Please Help Me, I’m Falling” and “Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On”  Hank knew Jim Reeves very well, besides recording for the same record company,  RCA and recording in the same studio, using usually the same producer and musicians,   they occasionally  performed at the same show. Hank and Jim were both part of the  1957 USO tour to Europe. A couple of years ago Bear Family released a CD album called '5000 Miles Away From Home' with recordings from one of the shows from that tour, recorded  in Germany.   

 

27 FEBRUARY 2009

"ARE YOU BEING SERVED ?"ACTRESS WENDY RICHARD DIED

Wendy Richard  died on 26 February 2009 at the Harley Street Clinic, where she was being treated for  cancer.

The connection to Jim Reeves was that in May 1963 Wendy  teamed up with hairdresser Diana Berry and recorded a record "We Had A Dream" with the flipside "Keep 'Em Looking Around". On Tuesday  11 June 1963, they went to a BBC radio studio in London to promote their record in the "POP INN" radio program. There they met  Jim Reeves, who was a guest on that program too. A picture of the was taken and appeared in an issue of the 'New Musical Express"  a few days later. Wendy's  record didn't made the charts and she pursued a career in acting instead.

 

19 JANUARY 2009

ONLINE NEWSPAPER REPORTS ON JIM REEVES ESTATE

Today's issue of The City Newspaper, a Nashville Online source for daily news featured an article with the title  'Little Ole Dime', about the continuing story of the battle of what is left of the Reeves' fortune.    

 Please  click here to  read about it

 

13 JANUARY 2009

BILLY BROWN,  DIES AT AGE 79

Billy Brown, who was the first singer to have a  record of He'll Have To Go" out, died  at his home  on Saturday January 10th, 2009.  He was suffering from emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for many years.

 Please  click here to  read more about Billy Brown

 

11 JANUARY 2009

JIM REEVES FAN OFFERS JIM REEVES MEMORABILIA FOR SALE

 Please  click here to  read about it

 

8 JANUARY 2009

PICTURES OF LEO JACKSON'S GRAVE

AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO NELL JACKSON

 Please  click here to  read about it

 

3 JANUARY  2009

JIM REEVES WITH 3 RECORDS IN DUTCH RADIO 2 'TOP 2000' 2008 CHARTS 

The tenth Radio 2 'Top 2000' chart has been broadcast between December 25th and midnight on December 31st 2008. It had not been complied by votes send in by listeners, instead it was based on the Top 200 charts of the previous Nine years. Jim Reeves positions were: # 1043:  I LOVE YOU BECAUSE, # 1162:  HE'LL HAVE TO GO, and # 1363:  DISTANT DRUMS  

 

1 JANUARY  2009

WE WISH ALL JIM REEVES FANS A HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

 

12 DECEMBER  2008

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

 

17 November 2008

BRITISH CD LABEL RELEASES 2 CD JIM REEVES ALBUM WITH 36 VOICEMASTERS RECORDINGS IN THE UK AND IRELAND

Click here to  read about it

 

11 November 2008

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

Click here to  read about it

 

7 November 2008

JIM REEVES FEATURED IN DUTCH RADIO 5 'EVERGREEN TOP 1000 OF  2008' PROGRAM

Dutch Radio 5 which broadcasts mainly music for listeners who are over the age of 50, transmitted their annual 'EVERGREEN TOP 1000' on radio and internet this week. Eight Jim Reeves songs are on the list: (126) Bimbo, (141) He'll Have To Go, (192) I Love You Because, (445) Four Walls, (489) Distant Drums, (772) Someday You'll Want Me To Want You, (842) Adios Amigo, and  (892) I Won't Forget You.

The selection of the song 'Someday You'll Want Me To Want You' reflects the large numbers of copies of the album 'Songs To Warm The Heart' sold in The Netherlands. It has been mentioned in a book that in the Seventies, almost every family in the Netherlands had a copy of this album. Many Jim Reeves  fans, including myself, were introduced to Jim Reeves' wonderful voice by this album.  
 

25 October 2008

SONGWRITER DANNY HILL HAS PASSED AWAY

 Danny Dill passed away on October 23.  Danny had been in failing health for a long time and was in the hospital at the time of his death.  He was 83 years old.  The funeral service was at 11 AM today, October 25, at the Chase Funeral Home in Huntington, TN where Danny was from.

 Danny Dill was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.  He wrote or co-wrote two of the all-time classic Country songs, Long Black Veil and Detroit City (I Wanna Go Home).  He also wrote a lesser know song, Partners, that was recorded by Jim Reeves.

 Here’s a link to a great bio about Danny.

 http://www.hillbilly-music.com/artists/story/index.php?id=14898

 

18 October 2008

TRIVIA QUESTION

Which British recording artist , who became a celebrated television actress later in her career, and had met Jim Reeves during the British Isles tour of 1963, has fronted the newspapers and magazines recently?

Click here to  read about it

11 September 2008

FAN CLUB MEETING  2008

If he had still lived, Jim would have celebrated his 85th Birthday on 20th of August.  In commemoration of this, the fan club held a meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Click here to  read about it

20 August  2008 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Today Jim Reeves would have celebrated his 85st Birthday.  To celebrate the occasion  we have put up  a never before published picture from the collection of  Frank C. Anderson.
 

Click here to view the  Birthday tribute.

11 AUGUST 2008

DON HELMS, THE LAST REMAINING MEMBER OF HANK WILLIAM'S BAND 'THE DRIFTING COWBOYS' DIED AT THE AGE OF 81.

Don Helms died this morning. He was born on February 27, 1927 and played the steel guitar on 100 of Hank Williams' recordings. After Hank's death he played for many other artists, including Jim Reeves. On January 25, 1956 Don  played steel guitar on 4 classic JIM REEVES recordings: ROLY POLY, TWEEDLE O'TWILL, HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU, and OKLAHOMA HILLS.  

 

 1 AUGUST 2008

(Updated 29 August 2008)

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31, 2008 

Click here to  read about it

 WORLD WIDE TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES

On and around July 31st many radio stations around the world transmitted tributes to Jim Reeves, many have been transmitted on the web too. With the death of Leo Jackson earlier this year, there was no special guest in any of the tributes who told personal stories about Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel. 

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINNY WRIGHT!

Ginny Wright celebrates her Birthday today. Ginny recorded a duet  song with Jim Reeves. "I LOVE YOU'  was released on FABOR, the record label Ginny recorded for, while Jim's records were released on ABBOTT. Both labels were owned by Fabor Robinson. Ginny also toured with Jim Reeves on several tours, One was named "The Strange Music Show' by the late Leo Jackson, whose memories of that particular tour appeared in one of the issues of the fan club magazine. Ginny and I are long time friends since I met Ginny for an interview in 1977. We wish Ginny and her family a Happy Birthday!

 

27 JULY 2008

NEW SOUTH AFRICAN JIM REEVES WEBSITE

Fan club member Leon Hart reported he has created a Jim Reeves website in the Afrikaans language.

 On the website there is a link to four programs on  Jim Reeves to be aired in the Afrikaans language on Radio Pretoria:

 Jim Reeves - Soos Ons Hom Leer Ken Het:  14:15 on 17 July 2008, and 21:30 on 23 July 2008

Jim Reeves - Postume Ontdekkings: 14:15 on 24 July 2008, and  21:30 on 30 July 2008

Jim Reeves en Suid-Afrika: 14:15 on 31 July 2008,  and 21:30 on 6 Augustus 2008

Jim Reeves - Klankgenote: 14:15 on 7 Augustus 2008, and  21:30 on 13 Augustus 2008

The URL of Radio Pretoria is http://www.radiopretoria.co.za/

 

19 JULY 2008

ISSUE #114 OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MAGAZINE FEATURES PART OF AN UNPUBLISHED INTERVIEW WITH JIM REEVES AND BILL ANDERSON

This week, issue #114 of the fan club magazine has been mailed to the members of the fan club. It features a 5 page interview with Ray Baker, who worked for Jim Reeves and Mary Reeves for a  number of years. In commemoration of the 44th anniversary of Jim's death on July 31st, and what would have been his 85th Birthday, there a transcript of part of a never before published interview with Jim Reeves and Bill Anderson about the song 'LOSING YOUR LOVE',  recorded  at the 1961 disk jockey convention in Nashville. With thanks to Mr. Frank C. Anderson who kindly supplied the transcript and Mr. Bill Anderson for granting permission to publish it in the fan club magazine.

 

 6 JULY 2008

FLORAL TRIBUTES PLANNED FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31, 2008 

Click here to  read about it

 

22 JUNE  2008

FAN CLUB MEETING  2008

This year Jim would have celebrated his 85th Birthday.  In commemoration of this, the fan club has planned a meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Click here to  read about it

 

8 JUNE  2008

45TH ANNIVERSARY  OF JIM REEVES TOUR OF IRELAND

45 years ago, Jim Reeves and the Blue Boys were engaged on a 3 week tour that took them all over the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and a  number of American air force bases in England.  On Saturday June 8, 1963 Jim did two shows in the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tickets for both shows sold out 3 weeks in advance! On the following Monday, the 10th of June, the 'BELFAST NEWSLETTER' published a picture of Jim Reeves signing an autograph for Miss Freda Verner, of Newtonbreda. 

 

27 MAY  2008

RARE JIM REEVES BRONZE STATUE BEING AUCTIONED BY WISCONSIN PUBLIC TELEVISION  

Wisconsin Public Television are having a televised auction and a company has donated a beautiful 30"bronze statue of Jim Reeves. The sculptor is Bill Rains and it is a very limited edition piece that is no longer available on the market. Estimate of the piece is $12,500. To bid on it go to  http://auction.wpt.org/  and then enter Jim Reeves in the keyword search area.

 

18 MAY  2008

'THANK YOU' LETTER TO FANS FROM LANI ARNOLD  

I would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayer for our Granddaughter, Camryn Leigh Harris.   There is never a day that passes that we do not think about our precious Michaela.   But we know that she is in God's hands.  Camryn is progressing well and she is catching up to other babies her age. We were told that she would be a little behind until she was about two due to being premature but she is really surprising the doctors.   She is truly a miracle from God!

 

She is almost 9 months old and she can turn over and sit up alone for short periods of time.  She is still very small - 12 pounds.  That is o.k.,  her Mom is very petite.
 
Thanks again for your concerns and prayers.
 
Sincerely,
Lani Arnold

 

11 MAY  2008

THE FINAL UPDATE TO  THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

A week after he  died, we have updated the 'Ask Leo Jackson' section for the very last time.

Click here to  read about it

 

8 MAY  2008

DICK CLARK WILL RECEIVE JIM REEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD  

On May 18, Dick Clark, the veteran television personality, will receive the Jim Reeves International award at the 43rd ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live on CBS Television Network on May 18th. The award is  presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.

Jim Reeves appeared on the Dick Clark Show on three occasions in 1958,  and twice on Dick Clark's  American Bandstand in 1960. 

Click here to  read more about the event

 

COUNTRY LEGEND EDDY ARNOLD DIED AT AGE 89

We learned that singer Eddy Arnold died at a care facility near Nashville, almost two months after the death of his wife Sally. He would have celebrated his 90th Birthday next week,

Click here to  read more about it.

 

7 MAY  2008

TRIBUTE TO  LEO JACKSON 

Ronnie Light, a Nashville producer, wrote a tribute of his friend, Leo Jackson. In short it tells about the life and times of Leo.

Click here to  read the article

THE LEO JACKSON MEMORIAL FUND

The Leo Jackson Memorial Fund has been established in his honor to remember him in the way he would have appreciated most. His wife Nell, his son Leo and his grandsons, Dallas and Jordan were his inspiration.

The Leo Jackson Memorial Fund has been established with SunTrust Bank. Donations may be made at any branch or mailed directly to:



Peter Erickson
SunTrust Bank, Nashville
Mail Code TN-NA-1120
401 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37219

 

for more information e-mail write to Tracy Short (his niece) at tshort@awbyrdco.com
 

6 MAY 2008

LEO JACKSON'S OBITUARY ' IN TODAY'S  'TENNESSEAN'

G
eorge Edward "Leo" Jackson JACKSON, George Edward "Leo" Age 73 of Goodlettsville. May 4, 2008. Mr. Jackson played lead guitar for the late Jim Reeves and was the first Blue Boy Band member hired by Jim Reeves. He also recorded with the group Alabama and George Strait, and many others. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nell Walls Jackson and his son, Leo D. Jackson, both of Goodlettsville; 4 grandchildren also survive. His family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Hendersonville Funeral Home and on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m.. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2008 from the Chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home, with Rev. Jimmy Snow officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include Jim Pierce, Arnie Benoni, Billy Hodges, Jimmy Pomonis and James Kirkland. Family members will serve as Active Pallbearers. Interment will be in Hendersonville Memory Gardens. HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME, 615-824-3855.
 

Please note the revised funeral arrangements! It is interesting to know that an error was made with the name of one of the pallbearers: Jimmy Pomonis should have read Johnny Pomonis, who was a friend of both Leo Jackson and Jim Reeves. It is fitting that one of the surviving members of the Blue Boys, James Kirkland, is pallbearer too.

 

DUNDALKFM RADIO PLAYED TRIBUTE TO LEO JACKSON

Jimmy Neary, from Ireland,  called to inform that DundalkFM radio would do a Leo Jackson tribute this afternoon. I couldn't listen to it myself but have been informed by e-mail that an interview with Leo from the Jim Reeves tribute program transmitted on July 27 last year , has been transmitted again.

I have received many letters with condolences for Leo Jackson's family which I will pass on to them.

Peter Atkinson from England sent us a tribute banner which we have put on the top of this web page.

 

5 MAY  2008

UPDATE ON LEO JACKSON DEATH

In today's edition of THE NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN appeared a report about the death of Leo Jackson. He apparently committed suicide by  shooting himself while in bed. He was suffering from strong back pains he had suffered before. Although the prescribed strong pain killer might have lowered the threshold, he had told at least three of his closest friends, including myself, what he would do if that very painful back pain returned. I knew then that no one could change his mind about it. His son Leo, once nicknamed 'Little Leo', found his father wounded in bed 12:30 yesterday afternoon.

 

LETTER FROM JIM PIERCE

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am writing to Leo’s friends to let them know of his passing.  He died yesterday around 12:30 in the afternoon.  As many of you know, Leo had suffered many health problems over the past several years.  Along with surgeries and medication he continued to be up beat about his situation and was always ready to email a good joke to his friends.

 Unfortunately, one of the health problems was with his back.  I know he couldn’t bare the thought of undergoing the unspeakable agony from another attack.  Obviously that attack happened for a second time yesterday.

 I had spoken to him only a few minutes before 12:30 and he told me his back went out again.  He did not tell me it was the same situation as the bad one from before.   From time to time his back would give him problems but never as bad as the severe one.  But Sunday would be the return of the horrendous pain and he could not go through it again.  Subsequently, he ended his suffering the only way he could think of…he took his own life.

Leo was like a brother to me and I’ll miss him more than I can say.

 Jim Pierce

 FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS (REVISED)

Visitation for Jackson will be held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. On Thursday, visitation will begin at 8 a.m. until the funeral at 2 p.m. Both the visitations and the funeral will take place at Hendersonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 353 Johnny Cash Blvd. Interment will be in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

 

4 MAY  2008

LEO JACKSON IS DEAD

We received confirmation from Leo Jackson's family that Leo died a few hours ago at home. Yesterday, he had send  an e-mail to his friends about his health condition and reported that he was on the mend and that it could take awhile before he could answer all the e-mails and he thanked all for the prayers.

Leo  underwent minor surgery on Tuesday, returned home, and was taken back to the emergency room and spent Thursday night in hospital. His family took him back home on Friday. His wife Nell was very optimistic about his recovery when we talked to her yesterday. There for his death  comes as quite a shock to all of his friends.

I know I spoke for all Jim Reeves fans when I passed on my condolences to Nell and the family when I spoke to her tonight. She was overwhelmed with grief and details about what has happened and funeral will be released later.

Our friendship has lasted for about 18 years, in those years our friendship grew with every letter, phone call, and e-mail. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Nashville a few times and had been invited to his home, which is very unusual, as Leo was a very private person.

Those who have seen Leo perform at the fan club meeting in Carthage in April 2003 and at concerts in Europe a couple of years ago, will agree that he had not lost his skills.

We all have the recordings of Jim Reeves and the Blue Boys as a memorial to Leo's guitar playing. Very few fans, if any, have realised the importance of Leo to the 'JIM REEVES SOUND'. Leo created it with his guitar, Jim liked it, and when Leo went into the  Army, any guitar player who replaced  Leo, had to listen to Jim's records and had to copy Leo's style and guitar licks.

For the last couple of years, we discussed a  lot of subjects in at least two hundred  phone calls, ranging from  the beginning when he joined Jim Reeves to the the current fan scene.

We received his last contribution to the 'ASK LEO' section last week and delayed  posting until Leo had replied to another one. It will be posted a week from now.

We will put up a special Leo Jackson tribute webpage later in the week. It will not have any 'world exclusive' or such claims, we consider that very inappropriate for such a very sad occasion.  

Leo Jackson will be very much missed by all of us.

 

13 APRIL 2008

GEORGE H. CAMPBELL Jr. WHO WROTE THE MUSIC FOR 'FOUR WALLS', DIED  AT AGE 89.

One of our Dutch members, Gerard v. d. Linden reported that the man who wrote the music for one of Jim's greatest hits, FOUR WALLS,  died last Wednesday, April 10th. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  Songwriter Marvin Moore wrote the lyrics of that song.

Click here to  read an obituary on the website of the Star-Telegram newspaper.

 

21 MARCH 2008

WE WISH YOU  A HAPPY EASTER!

A MYSTERY SOLVED

Finally the mystery about  the identity of the person whose picture was used on the cover of the album  'SONGS OF LOVE'  has been solved. We proudly publish  proof of it. 

Click here to  read about it.

 

22 FEBRUARY  2008

LATEST UPDATE ABOUT LEO JACKSON  HEALTH PROBLEMS

Leo Jackson reports:  'Hi Y’all, the doctor doesn’t think I have anything to worry about so I’m not. Thanks for all your prayers. I really do believe in them.  As Always, Leo'.

 

8 FEBRUARY  2008

LEO JACKSON  UNDERWENT SAFETY CHECK FOR CHEST PAINS

Leo Jackson reports there’s not blockage enough to warrant a stent, all the arteries look fine. He'll be seeing his specialist again in a couple of weeks and hopefully they find the problem that's causing the pain in his chest.

Leo thanks you for remembering him in your prayers.

 

5 FEBRUARY  2008

LEO JACKSON   WILL UNDERGO SAFETY CHECK FOR CHEST PAINS

Leo Jackson, who played lead guitar with Jim Reeves for over 10 years, reported he's checking into hospital for a safety check because his chest has been hurting.

He'll be going to have an angiogram on Thursday at 10 AM. Leo underwent a triple heart bypass 10 years ago. We wish Leo well and please remember him in your prayers.

To read more about the procedure (which has been much improved and innovated since Leo underwent it ten years ago)  please visit:

http://www.vascularweb.org/patients/NorthPoint/Angiogram.html

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4721

 

2 FEBRUARY  2008

ARIE DEN DULK AND JIMMY NEARY WERE GUESTS ON  DUNDALK FM  RADIO PROGRAM

On Tuesday January 29th, there were  two 'live' guests in Joe Duffy's program;  Arie den Dulk and another Dundalk FM deejay and Jim Reeves fan, Jimmy Neary. Joe played some songs of Jim Reeves and Irish artist Oliver Barrett, who sounds very much like Jim Reeves.  The interviews with Arie and Jimmy will be repeated in 'PICK OF THE WEEK' at 8 PM on both Saturday February 2  and  Sunday February 3.

 Click here to  go to the website of Dundalk FM.

 

26 JANUARY  2008

FOUR NEW  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

22 JANUARY  2008

COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND SLIM WHITMAN HAS NOT DIED!!

Click here to  read about it

 

7 JANUARY  2008

FORMER CAPITOL A&R  EXECUTIVE KEN NELSON DIED AT AGE 96

Click here to  read about it

 

31 DECEMBER  2007 

HAPPY NEW YEAR MESSAGE AND NEW  QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

25 DECEMBER  2007

JIM REEVES HAS FOUR RECORDS ON THE DUTCH RADIO ''TOP 2000 FAVOURITE RECORDS"THIS YEAR!

 

Every year Dutch Radio 2 transmits  a  "Top 2000  favourite records" program.

Click here to  read Bert Bossink's report about it

Klik   hier  voor het verslag door Bert Bossink

 

19 DECEMBER  2007

ANOTHER JIM REEVES TRIBUTE PROGRAM TO BE AIRED BY AN IRISH RADIO STATION ON DECEMBER 26


CRCFM Community Radio Station will broadcast a tribute to Jim Reeves radio program on St. Stephens Day, December 26. The program will run for an hour and has be presented by Michel Fox and fan club member James Reddiough. The station is located in Castelbar, Republic of Ireland and transmits on the VHF frequency of 102.9 Mhz.

 

8 DECEMBER  2007

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

 

11 November 2007 

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

Click here to  read about it

 

NOVEMBER  2007

HANK THOMPSON HAS PASSED AWAY

Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson passed away at his residence in Keller, Texas, on Tuesday, November 6.

"He was battling aggressive lung cancer," Thompson spokesman and Heart of Texas Records President Tracy Pitcox said. "He remained conscious until the last couple of hours and passed away peacefully at about 10:45 PM on Tuesday night surrounded by his friends and family."

Click here to  read about it

 

 

NOVEMBER  2007

HANK THOMPSON RETIRES DUE TO ILLNESS

Click here to  read about it

 

30  OCTOBER  2007

PORTER WAGONER HAS PASSED AWAY LAST SUNDAY

Click here to  read about it

 

24  OCTOBER  2007

LEO JACKSON THANKS FANS FOR BIRTHDAY WISHES HE HAS RECEIVED  

Click here to  read about it

 

22  OCTOBER  2007

LEO JACKSON WILL CELEBRATE HIS 73RD BIRTHDAY TODAY!

Click here to  read about it

 

 

18  OCTOBER  2007

BEAR FAMILY TO RELEASE A 4-DVD SET OF CLASSIC 'COUNTRY STYLE USA' SERIES

In November BEAR FAMILY will release a 4 DVD set of  the classic 'COUNTRY STYLE USA' series, which have been transmitted on American television in the 50's.

Click here to  read about it

 

7 OCTOBER  2007

JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MEETING 2007

On the 30th September 2007,  Jim Reeves fans from The Netherlands, Belgium and the U.K gathered together in Hilversum  to attend the Jim Reeves fan club meeting.

Click here to  read about it

 

28 SEPTEMBER  2007

DE 25STE FANCLUBIJEENKOMST WORDT OP 30 SEPTEMBER IN HILVERSUM GEHOUDEN.

Op zondag 30 september houden we voor de 25ste keer weer een fanclubbijeenkomst . Henk Brederode en Eddie Punton zijn onze special gasten.

Klik hier  om er meer over te lezen

 

21 SEPTEMBER  2007

SWEDISH FAN CLUB MEMBER BJORN HERLIN UPDATED THE WEBSITE OF HIS PRIVATE JIM REEVES MUSEUM

Bjorn Herlin, who has bought quite a number of Jim Reeves memorabilia, has put up a museum which he opened to the public this summer. The museum contains a number of pictures, documents, clothing, and a life like head of Jim Reeves, made by a Swedish sculptor. If you're in Sweden, it's worth visiting the museum which is located north of Stockholm.

Click here to  visit his website

 

10 SEPTEMBER  2007

SOME NEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read them

 

5 SEPTEMBER  2007

JANIS MARTIN, WHO TOURED EUROPE TOGETHER WITH JIM REEVES  AND OTHER ARTISTS IN 1957 DIED LAST MONDAY.

Janis Martin, a rockabilly pioneer died  of cancer at the age of 67 at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. last Monday.

Although she was a rockabilly pioneer, and once was called the female Elvis, she had joined a country music show with Hank Snow, and later toured with  Faron Young, Porter Waggoner, Jim Edward, Maxine and Bonnie Brown, Johnny Cash, and other country music acts. In 1957 she joined Jim Reeves on a European tour to entertain the American Armed Forces. Bear Family released a CD album with recordings from this tour; '5000 MILES FROM HOME'. 

After her return from Europe she was invited to perform on the 'Grand Ole Opry'. She retired from the show business in 1958, coming out of it until the late 70's. She was tremendously popular in Europe.

Bear Family will publish a book about American artists who visited Germany in the Post-war years, no doubt Janis Martin will be featured in it too.

  

3 SEPTEMBER  2007

VOTE FOR JIM REEVES  TO GET HIM INTO THE "TOP  100 HITS OF THE FIFTIES" TRANSMITTED BY DUTCH RADIO 5 ON 28 SEPTEMBER. 

One can vote for records to se selected for the "TOP 100 OF THE FIFTIES". It will be transmitted on 28th of September, from 10.00 to 16.00 hours CET. Three to Ten records can be selected by a voter and the votes can only be submitted by mail to Radio 5, t.a.v. Nicki Vet, Antwoordnummer 42, 1200 VB in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
 

Vanaf maandag: Stem op de Top 100 van de Jaren 50!


De Week van de jaren 50 komt er weer aan, en daarom kunt u vanaf maandag 3 september weer stemmen op de Top 100 van de Jaren 50. De lijst wordt uitgezonden op 28 september tussen 10.00 - 16.00 uur.

Bekijk de lijst ook op Teletekst pagina 298. U stuurt vervolgens een briefkaartje (postzegel niet nodig) met minimaal 3, maximaal 10 liedjes van uw keuze naar Radio 5, t.a.v. Nicki Vet, Antwoordnummer 42, 1200 VB in Hilversum.

 

31 AUGUST  2007

JIM REEVES SELECTED  AS "MUSICAL PERFORMER OF THE WEEK" BY DUTCH RADIO 5 


Dutch Radio 5 station has  selected  Jim Reeves as 'ARTIEST VAN DE WEEK' (Musical performer of the week) for next week. From Monday September 3 till Friday 7 September, every hour a Jim Reeves song will be played.

You can tune in to the station on the web too:
http://portal.omroep.nl/radio5


A promotional webpage in Dutch can be viewed at
http://portal.omroep.nl/radio?nav=boqnmRsHdDoBdDUlDmO


This is the result of extensive promotion campaign by  Eimbert van den Oetelaar, Gerard van der Linden and Bert Bossink. they have sent Jim Reeves CD albums and requests for Jim Reeves songs to radio 5.

20 AUGUST  2007

SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS FOR LANI ARNOLD AND FAMILY

We just received news that Lani Arnold's 9 day old Granddaughter, Michaela Lynn Harris, died last Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, PA. Camryn the other twin is in trouble and may not make it either. Lani ask for all the prayers they can get.

I believe I do speak on behalf of all Jim Reeves fans and offer our deepest sympathy to Lani and her family at this time. - Arie den Dulk

 

18 AUGUST  2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

On Monday 20 August 2007 Jim Reeves would have celebrated his 84th Birthday.  To celebrate the occasion  we have put up 8 rare pictures and  a 1961 live recording of I KNOW ONE . It was  recorded for  inclusion in either  US Airforce Country Music Time  show #200 or #207, but was not used. 
 

Click here to view the  Birthday tribute

 

16 AUGUST 2007

REPEAT OF JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON IRISH RADIO ON AUGUST 18th, 2007

 A repeat of the Joe Duffy Tribute to Jim Reeves programme, transmitted on 27 July,  is due for transmission on Saturday 18th August  at 11am Irish Time. This repeat is due to a huge response from our listeners and e-mails from listeners all over the world.

Special guests  on the show are  John Rex Reeves  who is a nephew of Jim Reeves, , Leo Jackson, who was Jim's  lead guitar player for just over 10 years, Joyce Jackson, who was Jim's secretary,  and Arie den Dulk.

For American and Canadian would like to tune in, there's a time difference of 5 hours with EDT.

Click here to  go to the website of Dundalk FM.

 

13 AUGUST 2007

JIM REEVES  RECEIVED STAR ON SHREVEPORT'S WALK OF STARS

On August 11, 2007, Jim Reeves received a star on a plaque in the 'WALK OF STARS' in Shreveport, LA. More details and pictures  about the event will be published on this web site soon. On the SHREVEPORT TIMES website there's a picture gallery with 18 pictures of the event.  

Click here to  go the Shreveport Times gallery.

Louise England from Edmonton, Kentucky, took pictures at the ceremony and uploaded a short film of approximate 4 minutes on You Tube.

Click here  to view a film clip

Click here  to view the  pictures

Click here  to view more  pictures of the event on the web site of John Rex Reeves

 

1 August  2007

(Updated 12 August 2007)

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON 31 JULY  2007 

Click here to  read about it

 

31 July  2007

THIS IS THE WORLD OF JIM REEVES - AUGUST 1964 TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES BY RAY WINKLER, CO-AUTHOR OF 'WELCOME TO MY WORLD

A tape recording of this tribute has been recently auctioned on Ebay and  saved for posterity by three fans

 

Click here to  read the text of the tribute.

 

29 July  2007

'THE BUCKS BRAUN SHOW' TO TRANSMIT THE 4TH ANNUAL JIM REEVES TRIBUTE SHOW ON  JULY 31, 2007

On Tuesday, July 31, 2007, from  7 AM till 12 Noon EDT. the 4th annual Jim Reeves tribute show will transmitted by the "Bucks Braun show"on"Classic Country Radio"It   will be heard around the world on the Internet. http://www.myclassiccountry.com .

This year Bucks will be hosting an all request show. Bucks has asked that you call him with your requests on Monday July 30 between the hours of 7 and 12 Noon EDT the Toll Free # from anywhere in the World is 1-888-740-9444 Extension 4, or send him an email Monday, his email address is bucks@myclassiccountry.com

 

MESSAGE FROM LANI ARNOLD TO THE FANS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO JIM'S STAR

The induction for Uncle Jim's Star will be on August 11th at 1:00 p.m.  Under the Texas Street Bridge. There was an article in the Shreveport Times newspaper on Saturday stating that the family and fans of Jim Reeves have made this possible.   Please pass on a special thanks to all that contributed to the star.  It will finally be a reality.  Thanks again, Lani Arnold

 

Click here to  go to the article of the Shreveport Times.

 

17 July  2007

JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON IRISH RADIO ON JULY 27th, 2007

 

On Friday 27th of July, Jimmy Neary will pay tribute to the memory of Jim Reeves on the Joe Duffey Request show (2 to 4 pm). Jimmy Neary will also transmit a recent interview he did with Jim's former lead guitar player, Leo Jackson. Special guest will be Joyce Jackson, who was Jim's secretary, she'll be interviewed live on the air. 

Dundalk FM also broadcasts on the internet and its programs attract many listeners from all the continents, mostly emigrated Irishmen.  For American and Canadian would-be listeners, there's a time difference of 5 hours with EDT!

Send your request for the programme to info@dundalkfm.com

Click here to  go to the website of Dundalk FM.

 

JULY 11, 2007

JIM REEVES  TO HAVE STAR ON SHREVEPORT'S WALK OF STARS ON AUGUST 11, 2007!

On August 11, 2007, Jim Reeves will get his star on a plaque in the 'WALK OF STARS' in Shreveport, LA. More details about the event will be published on this web site soon, but it is known that John Rex Reeves, a nephew of Jim, will take part in performing on the event. 

 

JUNE 14, 2007 

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31, 2007 

Click here to  read about it

NEW QUESTION AND ANSWER IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

May 26, 2007

HENK BREDERODE TO PERFORM ON THIS YEAR'S JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MEETING 

On Sunday 30  September the fan club will celebrate it's twenty-fifths  meeting in Hilversum, Holland. Special guest will be member Henk Brederode, at special request of our members. More details will be published soon.  

 

April 21, 2007

TOM PERRYMAN HOSTS A COUNTRY MUSIC RADIO PROGRAM AT KKUS.

Click here to  read about it

 

April 8, 2007

BEAR FAMILY BOXED ALBUM  OF THE EUROPEAN TOUR OF APRIL 1964 HAS BEEN RELEASED ON APRIL 2

Click here to  read about it

LATEST UPDATE ON THE  TRACKS OF THE  BEAR FAMILY BOXED ALBUM  OF THE EUROPEAN TOUR OF APRIL 1964

Click here to  read about it

 

26 March   2007

FILM CLIP OF JIM REEVES SINGING AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT FOUND IN DUTCH AUDIO AND VISUAL  ARCHIVES

Click here to  read about it

 

5 March   2007

HISTORIC RCA STUDIO B CELEBRATES GOLDEN MILESTONE DATE 

Click here to  read about it

 

20 February  2007

UPDATE ON THE  BEAR FAMILY BOXED ALBUM  OF THE EUROPEAN TOUR OF APRIL 1964 

Click here to  read about it

 

 NEW QUESTION AND ANSWER IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

18 February  2007

BERT BOSSINK WILL BE GUEST ON RADIO 227

On February 18 and 25, between 18.00 and 20.00 CET,  fan club member Bert Bossink will be the guest of Dick Zuydwijk on Radio 227.

They'll play audio recordings of ship based pirate radio stations and artists from the Sixties. One will be able to listen to Radio Veronica deejays such as Joost de Draayer and Jan van Veen, and jingles from Radio London and Radio Luxemburg, and air checks of AFN radio.

Bert will play music from the sixties and interviews with Jim Reeves, Elvis Presley and other artists. There will be five Jim Reeves items, and some more on Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, and Floyd Cramer.

The program will be broadcast in streaming audio on the web, at http://www.radio227.nl

Bert also reported that  on Friday 9 March, Dutch Radio5  will be playing the Top 100 of songs from the '50's . From February 19th,  Dutch listeners can vote on Jim Reeves songs from that period, such as 'Mexican Joe', 'Bimbo', 'Billy Bayou', 'Blue Boy', etc,

 http://www.portal.omroep.nl/radio5

 

17 February  2007

SONG WRITER RAY EVANS DIED

Song writer Ray Evans has died at the age of 92. He wrote the lyrics for songs 'Mona Lisa" and a Christmas Carol which was also one of the favorite songs of Jim,  'Silver Bells". Jim Reeves recorded both of these  songs, Jay Livingstone composed the music. They both are also responsible for some other great classics, such as "Que sera, Sera" and the title songs of television series from the late fifties and sixties, such as "Bonanza" and "Mr. Ed (the talking horse), series well known to many of us.

 

10 February  2007

JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MAGAZINE No. 108

Issue No. 108 of the Jim Reeves fan club magazine has been nailed to most of the European membership. Printing and mailing of the magazine is in progress for Norwegian and  American and Canadian members.

There are two main articles, one about the start of Jim Reeves' performances  at the KWKH 'Louisiana Hayride'  show. The other is about the first recording session with Jim Reeves of Leo Jackson. It reveals the date and the song, and Leo also talks about his memories for what he believes was his first live stage performance he played with Jim Reeves.  

 

16 January 2007

SYMPATHY FOR LEO JACKSON AND FAMILY

We just learned that Leo Jackson’s mother in law  Ms. Ruth Walls has died today. She was 86.

 Also on behalf of the members of the fan club,  our deepest sympathy goes to Leo and his family at this time, 

Arie den Dulk
 

8 January 2007

 FARON YOUNG POSTHUMOUSLY INDUCTED IN THE SHREVEPORT'S 'WALKWAY OF STARS'


On December 10th 2006, the late Faron Young, "THE SINGING SHERIFF", posthumously got inducted into the Shreveport's " Walkway of Stars".

Click here to  read more about about the 'Walkway of Stars' and the efforts of Jim's niece Lani Arnold to have Jim Reeves elected into it too.

 NEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

3 January 2007 

 JIM REEVES IS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING WITH THREE RECORDS ON THE DUTCH RADIO ''TOP 2000 FAVOURITE RECORDS"

 

Every year Dutch Radio 2 transmits  a  "Top 2000  favourite records" program.

Click here to  read Bert Bossink's report about it

 

1 January 2007 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We wish all Jim Reeves fans a Happy and Prosperous 2007!

 

MESSAGE FROM LEO JACKSON

After news about my physical discomfort has been posted on the web, I would like to tell everyone, especially the Jim Reeves fan club members, thank you for all the prayers and get well wishes. I think the  Doctors have finally got a good idea how to treat the infection in my left thumb. It's still very painful but so much better.

I'd like to tell you an anecdote: While I was in hospital, a nurse entered my room and apparently was searching for an elderly patient, she left the room and came back in disbelief. She believed I was in my early 50's instead of 72.

Please do send questions about Jim Reeves and his music for the "Ask Leo" section to the fan club and not to my private address.

I wish you all a Happy and prosperous 2007.

As Always,

Leo
 

25 December 2006 

DUET IMPOSSIBLE

 

BBC television broadcasted a very special program on Christmas eve 2006. It took the concept of  posthumous overdubbing one step further.

Click here to  read about it

 

 

22 December 2006 

 2 NEW QUESTIONS , ANSWERS AND CHRISTMAS WISHES FROM LEO IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

 

28 November  2006

CHRISTMAS TIME AT THE HOME OF JIM AND MARY REEVES 

Two pictures taken at Jim's home at Christmas  have been posted in the Scrapbook section of the website.

 Please  click here to  view them

 

 

10 November 2006 

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

Click here to  read about it

 

 

9 November 2006 

 3 NEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

 4 November 2006 

JIM REEVES NOT (YET)  IN GREATER SHREVEPORT WALK OF STARS

 Lani Arnold who is a  niece of Jim Reeves, is working  to have a star of Jim Reeves placed in the Walkway. 

Click here to  read about it.

 

2 November 2006 

 BUDDY KILLEN DIED OF CANCER 

Buddy Killen died November 1 at his home. He was  73, and suffering from cancer of the liver and pancreas. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, step-son Darrell Nelson; two daughters, Robin Killen and Linda Richardson. His first wife was June Webb, who can be seen performing in episodes of Gannaway's 'Classic Country' television shows from the fifties, released  on video tape and DVD.

Buddy started his career as bass player, and worked for and later owned the Tree Publishing company. He played bass occasionally in Jim's band, The Wagonmasters and played bass for Jim at the Carnegie Hall concert on November 29th, 1961.

He was a close friend of Jim Reeves and wrote about his friendship with Jim in his book "By the seats of my pants", published in 1993. It showed a side of Jim which before never was revealed in print. In the book there's a picture of Jim and the Wagonmasters, taken  in November 1955 when Jim first moved to Nashville, just before he called Leo Jackson up from Gladewater,Tx. to come live with him in Tennessee. Left to right..."Big" Red Hayes-Floyd Cramer-Buddy Killen-Jim-Jimmy Day- Kenny Hill- unknown.
 

31 October 2006 

JIM REEVES - 'IN HIS FOOTSTEPS' AND 'SONGBIBLE 2006'

 Member Bill Marks, from Birmingham, England, has been working on 2 projects  for about 15 months.

Click HERE to  read about it.

 

28 October 2006 

REPORT ON FAN CLUB MEETING HELD IN HILVERSUM, HOLLAND  ON 22  OCTOBER 2006

Click HERE to  read about it

 

27 October 2006 

(updated 31 October 2006)

PANOLA COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TO BROADCAST FROM NEAR JIM'S GRAVE ON 28 OCTOBER 2006

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 22 October 2006 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEO JACKSON!

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 8 October 2006 

 BUDDY KILLEN HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER 

Leo Jackson reported  the sad news that Buddy Killen has stage IV  Pancreatic Cancer, which has already spread to his  liver and lungs. This was detected last week through  testing at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Stage IV is  inoperable, and is usually treated with chemo and radiation. Buddy will start having chemo immediately.

Please remember Buddy in your prayers.

 

 

 3 October 2006 

 THE 'DISTANT DRUMS DAY' CELEBRATION  

David Bussey reports on THE DISTANT DRUMS CELEBRATION DAY, held in Harrogate, UK, on 22 September, 2006.

 

Click here to  read about it

 

9 September 2006 

(updated 18 September 2006)

 

 BEAR FAMILY PLANS TO RELEASE  AN ALBUM ABOUT THE EUROPEAN TOUR OF APRIL 1964 

Bear Family  is looking for everything relating to this tour, Tickets/Posters/Photos/tour programmes, newspaper clippings, etc, on all of the artists; Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, and The Anita Kerr Singers.

Please write to  Richard Weize

 Bear Family Records, The Label,  

Achtern Dahl 4,  27729 Vollersode ,Germany

 Tel.: 49-4794-930011

 Fax: 49-4794-930033

 email: weize@bear-family.de

 

Contrast to rumours on the web, this will be no CD release, but a DVD one. It is   believed  it will contain the OSLO NRK TV show with perhaps additional material if it can be located. I've located a Dutch news film sequence of the arrival of the group in Amsterdam and Jim singing "I Love You Because" in the press conference room at the airport.  This project won't be a Jim Reeves only release.

 

25 August 2006 

 

 3 NEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

 

 

18 August  2006 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

On Sunday  20th of August Jim Reeves would have celebrated his 83rd Birthday.  To celebrate the occasion  we have put up two never before published pictures from the collection of  Frank C. Anderson.
 

Click here to view the  Birthday tribute.

 

14 August  2006

(Updated  19 August  2006) 

 

JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON IRISH RADIO ON AUGUST 18th

 

On Friday 18th of August, from 15.00 hours to 15:30 hours GMT, Irish radio station Dundalk fm will broadcast a TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES tribute program on the JOE DUFFY REQUEST SHOW, this tribute will be on the eve of Jim's 83rd Birthday. Jim Neary  intends to be a guest on the show.

Dundalk fm also broadcasts on the internet and its programs attract many listeners from all the continents, mostly emigrated Irishmen.  For American and Canadian would-be listeners, there's a time difference of 5 hours with EDT!

Click here to  listen to Dundalk fm.

 

(Updated  19 August  2006) 

Instead of the intended 30 minutes, the program  ran for a full hour. Guests on the show were Jim Neary, John Rex Reeves and myself. Because the extension had been arranged at short noticed, unfortunately Leo Jackson couldn't be interviewed as he was getting ready for a visit to a friend, and Joyce Jackson couldn't be contacted as she was travelling to friends in Louisiana. 

It was a fine tribute, a number of records played, Jim Neary talked a bit about Jim's 1963 tour in Ireland. John Rex Reeves talked about his uncle, and Jim's favourite poem was spoken by a female guest, and I talked about the fan club.

Dundalk FM had kindly put up a link to the fan club web site on their web site.

Since the program was also  been broadcasted over the internet in broadband quality, many fans worldwide listened to it, as  indicated by the numerous reactions received by me. 

 

 

1 August  2006 

RARE ACETATE OF LOUISIANA HAYRIDE JULY 1951 PERFORMANCE AUCTIONED ON EBAY

Click here to  read about it

 

31 July 2006 

(updated September 9, 2006)

 

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31, 2006. 

Click here to  read about it

 

 42nd ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE

Click here to  read about it

 

28 July 2006 

 FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE #106 MAILED YESTERDAY

Click here to  read about it

 

RARE ACETATE OF LOUISIANA HAYRIDE JULY 1951 PERFORMANCE NEW  ON EBAY

Click here to  read about it

 

13 July 2006 

 

NEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it

 

10 July 2006

DISTANT DRUMS - 2006. AN ANNIVERSARY GET-TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS SINCE JIM'S SONG HIT NUMBER 1

Click here to  read about it.

 

4 July 2006

HAPPY JULY 4 GREETINGS TO ALL JIM REEVES FANS

We wish all the  American Jim Reeves fans a happy July 4th celebration.

 

JIM REEVES' TRIVIA

Which singer, born in Panola County, Texas,  sang the song 'MEXICAN JOE' on the 'Louisiana Hayride Show' and received 2 encores, on Saturday February 21, 1953?

 

Was it 

TEX RITTER

or

 JIM REEVES?   

The first person who'll send the  correct answer to adendulk@wanadoo.nl, will receive a copy of a recently released SONY/BMG 2 CD Jim Reeves Album ; 'THE ESSENTIAL JIM REEVES'.

The first person to send the correct answer was Scott Reeves from Humble, Texas. Congratulations and the album  will be mailed to you tomorrow.

 

 

Yes it was Jim Reeves, contrary to what many stories about Jim Reeves tell you, that was not Jim's first appearance at the Louisiana Hayride.

Fifty-five  years ago, in the summer of 1951, Jim performed  three songs at the 'Hayride', among these,  a Hank Williams song.

According to former 'Hayride' presenter Frank Page,  Sleepy LaBeef who was scheduled to appear at the 'Hayride' on January 24, 1953. On his way to Shreveport, he got a flat tyre and missed the performance. Jim was asked to fill his slot and he performed  a few songs he had recorded in the Jim Beck studio in Dallas some weeks before, Jim sang  'Wagonload of Love', 'What Were You Doing Last Night', and 'How Many'.

Mitchell Torok wrote 'Mexican Joe' in the first week of January, 1953. Jim recorded that song and 'Butterfly Love', also penned by Mitchell Torok,  in the KWKH studio after the station went of air, on January 18th. Billy Walker, and a few other artists who appeared on the 'Hayride', sang 'Mexican Joe' before Jim was allowed to sing it. That was not an usual practice in those days. Billy Walker recorded 'Mexican Joe' for the Columbia label on March 8, 1953,  but his cover never could come close to the success of Jim's record  which became  'The Best Country and Western record of 1953'! 

 

 

3 July 2006

HAPPY JULY 4 GREETINGS TO ALL JIM REEVES FANS FROM LEO JACKSON

Leo Jackson would like to tell all fans he'll be having a  drink of cognac on the 4th to celebrate, so maybe   the fans will drink a toast with him. Leo appreciate every one of you fans.  It will be 42 years since Jim's death but he  still miss Jim  like it was yesterday.

Leo will soon answer more questions send to  the 'ASK LEO' section. If you have any question for Leo to reply to, please send it to adendulk@online.nl 

                                                      

30 June 2006

 

FLORAL TRIBUTES PLANNED FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31, 2006.

Click here to  read about it.

 

23 June 2006 

UPDATE TO LEO JACKSON'S RECUPERATION

Yesterday, Leo Jackson reported about the medical check he underwent a couple of days after he underwent surgery in which his gallbladder was removed. His doctor said that everything is fine. They removed the stitches and everything looks good and they even didn't have to put bandages on it. The doctor said that Leo's doing great.

We're glad to hear this good news and wish Leo a further speedy recuperation.

 

2 May 2006 

ACETATE RECORD OF HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE DISCOVERED

An  acetate record of Jim Reeves on which he performs three songs at the Louisiana Hayride in 1951 have been discovered.  Please click here to  read more about it.

 

23 March 2006 

 

NEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

Click here to  read about it. 

4 February 2006 

'GENTLEMAN JIM' - A MOVIE SCRIPT 

Fans have always wondered why  there was never a movie about Jim Reeves. For many years Mary Reeves  told fans of plans for a movie about the life of Jim Reeves. Please click here to  read more about it.

11 December  2005

CHRISTMAS TIME AT THE HOME OF JIM AND MARY REEVES 

Two pictures taken at Jim's home at Christmas  have been posted in the Scrapbook section of the website. Please  click here to  view them

 

 13 November  2005

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

Click here to  read about it

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEO JACKSON!

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 

26 September  2005

A REPORT AND PICTURES OF THE FAN CLUB  MEETING  SEPTEMBER 24th  IN HILVERSUM

Click here to  read about it

 FANCLUBBIJEENKOMST OP ZATERDAG 24 SEPTEMBER  IN HILVERSUM.

Klik hier aan om het te bekijken

 

6 September  2005

ARNE BENONI AND LEO JACKSON PERFORMED  AT THE LOFOTEN COUNTRY  FESTIVAL IN LEKNES, NORWAY ON 3 SEPTEMBER 2005 

Click here to  read about it

 

20 August 2005

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Click here to  read about it

 

31 July 2005

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31, 2005. 

Click here to  read about it

 

26 July  2005

VOLUME 3 OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB SCRAPBOOK SERIES RELEASED!

Click here to  read about it

 

23 June  2005

FLORAL TRIBUTES PLANNED FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31, 2005. 

Click here to  read about it

 

20 June  2005

KEVIN STOCKS RECORDED A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ALBUM, LEO JACKSON PLAYED ON THE RECORDING SESSIONS IN NASHVILLE  

Click here to  read about it

 

 

22 April  2005

REPORTS AND PICTURES OF ARNE BENONI AND LEO JACKSON PERFORMING  AT A FESTIVAL IN SCOTLAND,  AT EASTER WEEKEND OF 2005

Click here to  read about it

 

26 March  2005

PBS SCHEDULES "THE GRAND OLE OPRY'S VINTAGE
CLASSICS", INCLUDING RARE JIM REEVES PERFORMANCES  

Click HERE to  read about it

 

28 December  2004

ARNE BENONI AND LEO JACKSON TO PERFORM  ON A FESTIVAL IN SCOTLAND AT EASTER WEEKEND 2005

Click HERE to  read about it

 

24 December  2004

JIM REEVES WEDEROM VERTEGENWOORDIG IN RADIO TOP2000!

JIM REEVES AGAIN LISTED IN DUTCH RADIO TOP2000!

Click HERE to  read about it

 23 December  2004

BUNKY KEELS - MEMBER OF THE BLUE BOYS, DIED ON NOVEMBER 29, 2004

Click HERE to  read about it and view a few pictures of him.

 

 6 November  2004

UPDATES ON THE  40th ANNIVERSARY RADIO TRIBUTES 

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 27 October  2004

REPORT OF THE  40th ANNIVERSARY FAN CLUB MEETING IN HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS ON 24 OCTOBER 2004

Click HERE to  read about it

 

18 October  2004

LEO JACKSON WILL CELEBRATE HIS 70th BIRTHDAY ON OCTOBER 22nd!

Click HERE to  read about it

ROUTEBESCHRIJVING NAAR DE FANCLUBBIJEENKOMST OP 24 OKTOBER IN HILVERSUM.

Klik hier om het te bekijken

 

28 September  2004

ARNE BENONI 'TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES' CONCERT TOUR featuring LEO JACKSON - a report

Click HERE to  view our tribute.

 

20 August  2004

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Click HERE to  view our tribute.

 

 2 August 2004

(Updated August 8, 2004)

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31st.

Click HERE to  read about it

 

30 July  2004

40th  ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE

Three  fans like to share some items from their collection with other fans on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Jim's death.

Click HERE to  read about it  

 

27 July  2004

THE JULY 2004 ISSUE OF THE FAN CLUB MAGAZINE FEATURES POSSIBLY ONE OF THE LAST PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN OF JIM REEVES!

Click HERE to  read about it  

 

 

25 July  2004

40th ANNIVERSARY FAN CLUB MEETING IN HILVERSUM, THE NETHERLANDS ON 24 OCTOBER 2004

A fan club meeting has been planned on Sunday 24 October  2004 in Hilversum, near Amsterdam , The Netherlands. Special guest will be Dutch singer Henk Brederode.  More details to follow soon.

 

 

23 July  2004

40th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTES ON RADIO AND THE INTERNET

Click HERE to  read about it (updated November 6th, 2004)

 

 

 11 June  2004

FLORAL TRIBUTES PLANNED FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL ON JULY 31st.

Click HERE to  read about it

 

10 June 2004

BEAR FAMILY RELEASES 'KIMBERLEY JIM' ON DVD, A COMPILATION OF 4 JIM REEVES ABN RADIO SHOWS AND A TRIBUTE CD!  

Click HERE to  read about it

 

31 May 2004

PICTURES AND A REPORT ON THE PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE CAREER AND HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF JIM REEVES AT BELMONT UNIVERSITY ON 28  MAY 2004  

Click HERE to  read about it

 

24 May 2004

   TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME  JIM REEVES DISPLAY EXTENSION 

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame opens a new Jim Reeves  Display extension on 21 August 2004. 

Click HERE to  read about it

 

30 March 2004

   A POSTCARD SENT TO JIM REEVES 

We've uploaded scans from a  postcard sent to Jim Reeves by the Hollywood Coordinating Committee, inviting Jim  to a briefing about his overseas USO tour in 1954.

Click HERE to  read about it

 

24 March 2004

   A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE CAREER AND HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF JIM REEVES AT BELMONT UNIVERSITY ON 28  MAY 2004  

Click HERE to  read about it

 

13 January 2004

   A PICTURE POSTCARD FROM JIM REEVES SENT TO A FRIEND

We've uploaded scans from a picture postcard from Ireland Jim sent to a friend.

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 

11 January 2004

   'NASHVILLE  TENNESSEAN' FEATURES AN ARTICLE ON JIM REEVES ON THE FRONT PAGE !

Click HERE to  read about it

 

28 December 2003

  JIM REEVES LISTED 3 TIMES IN DUTCH RADIO TOP2000 ! 

Click HERE to read about it and listen to the broadcast live. 

 

18 December 2003

  A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE TOUR TO NASHVILLE IN JULY 2004.  

 Joe Fish sent an itinerary for "The Jim Reeves Tribute Tour". For European fans who would like to be in Nashville on the 40th anniversary of Jim's death, this is an excellent  opportunity to be there with an experienced guide who happens to be a long time Jim Reeves fan!

Click HERE to read about the itinerary. 

 

24 November  2003

  A  RARE GLIMPSE OF JIM REEVES IN THE RECORDING STUDIO (2)

 Two songs, AUF WIEDERSEHEN SWEETHEART and BLUE CANADIAN ROCKIES have been uploaded . 

Click HERE to read about it and view footage of these songs!

 

11 November 2003

  WE REMEMBER MARY REEVES WHO DIED FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY  

Click HERE to  read our tribute and view a picture of Mary taken in The Netherlands in 1969

 

 

10 November  2003

  A  RARE GLIMPSE OF JIM REEVES IN THE RECORDING STUDIO 

On the evening of 26 February 1963, Jim was in Studio B recording songs for what would become his LP, "The International Jim Reeves", and a sound camera captured parts of the session.

Click HERE to read about it and view footage of three songs!

 

2 November 2003

  SOME MORE PICTURES TAKEN AT 'THE JIM REEVES 80th BIRTHDAY PARTY' IN  BEST, THE NETHERLANDS ON 21 SEPTEMBER  2003

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 

19 October  2003

LEO JACKSON WILL CELEBRATE HIS 69th BIRTHDAY ON OCTOBER 22nd!

Click HERE to  read about it

 

24 September 2003

  A FEW PICTURES TAKEN AT 'THE JIM REEVES 80th BIRTHDAY PARTY' IN  BEST, THE NETHERLANDS ON 21 SEPTEMBER  2003

Click HERE to  read about it

 

15 September  2003

  THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB WEB SITE TO MOVE AND TO EXPAND WITH STREAMING AUDIO AND VIDEO FILES 

Click HERE to  read about it

 

20 August  2003

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

Click HERE to  read our tribute.

 

12 August  2003

MORE PICTURES FROM A VISIT TO NASHVILLE IN APRIL 2003 

Click HERE to  read about it

 

1 August  2003

PICTURES FROM A VISIT TO NASHVILLE IN APRIL 2003 - LEO JACKSON VISITS RCA STUDIO B AND AND  GRAVE OF DEAN MANUEL

 (added more pictures on 4 August )

Click HERE to  read about it

15 June  2003

JIM REEVES 80th BIRTHDAY PARTY IN THE NETHERLANDS ON 21 SEPTEMBER  2003

Click HERE to  read about it

 

19 May  2003

MORE PICTURES OF THE   JIM REEVES FANS MEETING IN CARTHAGE, TEXAS  ON 13 APRIL  2003

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 8 May  2003

BEAR FAMILY RELEASES A FULL ONE HOUR ABN JIM REEVES RADIO SHOW !

Click HERE to  read about it

 

1 May  2003

REPORT AND PICTURES OF THE   MEETING IN CARTHAGE, TEXAS  ON 13 APRIL  2003

Click HERE to  read about it

 

5 March  2003

REPORT ABOUT BBC TV COUNTRY MUSIC DOCUMENTARY ON WITH 4 JIM REEVES CLIPS

Click HERE to  read about it

 

26 February  2003

BBC TV COUNTRY MUSIC DOCUMENTARY ON WITH 4 JIM REEVES CLIPS ON MARCH 1ST!

Click HERE to  read about it

 

14 February  2003

JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MEETING IN CARTHAGE, TEXAS ON SUNDAY 13 APRIL !

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 3 and 14 January 2003

BEAR FAMILY TO RELEASE A FULL ONE HOUR ABN JIM REEVES RADIO SHOW NEXT MONTH!

Click HERE to  read about it

 

24 December  2002

WE WISH ALL JIM REEVES FANS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

22 October  2002

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEO JACKSON !

Click HERE to  read about it

 

15 October  2002

'LOUISIANA HAYRIDE' LEGEND HORACE LOGAN DIES AT AGE 86.  

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 4 October  2002

A REPORT AND A FEW PICTURES OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MEETING IN HILVERSUM , THE NETHERLANDS,  28 SEPTEMBER.  

Click HERE to  read about it

 

2 September  2002

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME BUILDING ON 18 AUGUST  2002

Click HERE to  read about it

 

31 August  2002

UPDATES ON THE NEWS ABOUT ED GREGORY AND UNITED SHOWS FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

Click HERE to  read about it

 

24 August  2002

We are first to publish on the internet:

ED GREGORY AND UNITED SHOWS FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

Click HERE to  read about it

 

11 August  2002

RAY WINKLER'S TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES

Click HERE to  read about it

 

 31 July  2002

MR. JAMES B. NEWBERRY TALKS ABOUT HIS LATEST ACQUISITIONS

Click HERE to  read about it

 

21 July  2002

ARIE DEN DULK REALLY SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Click HERE to  read about it

 

18 July  2002

UPDATE ON LEO JACKSON'S HEALTH CONDITION

In a very recent phone call to Leo Jackson, Leo  told me underwent 8 weeks of radiation . On Tuesday July 9th, his doctor told him  that the cancer is in remission. Leo would like to thank all of you who sent him get well cards and remembered him in their prayers.

FAN CLUB MEETING 2002 

A fan club meeting has been planned on Saturday 28 September  2002 in Hilversum, near Amsterdam , The Netherlands. Special guest will be Norwegian singer Arne Benoni.

 

30 June  2002

JIM REEVES 38TH ANNIVERSARY

WE PROUDLY PRESENT A WORLD EXCLUSIVE. A REVIEW OF THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW BY THE JIM REEVES FAN WHO BOUGHT THE FILM WITH GENUINE STILLS FROM THE ORIGINAL TV SHOW

 Click HERE to read about it

 

19 June  2002

JIM REEVES & PATSY CLINE TRIBUTE SHOW

Click HERE to read about tour dates in the UK

Click HERE for Amanda Norman Sell's website

 

SPECIAL AWARD PRESENTED TO ED GREGORY

Click HERE to read about it.

 

MORE PICTURES OF THE RESTORATION OF JIM'S 1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO

Twenty-three  recent pictures which show in detail  the restoration of Jim's 1960 Cadillac Eldorado can be viewed at: http://www.simpkinsautocare.com/ When you got there, select "check vehicle" from the menu on the left, and  select car #127. Regularly new pictures will be added.  Collector and Jim Reeves fan James Newberry bought the car from Mr. Ed Gregory last year. The car should be ready around June 30. 

The immediate plans for the car after restoration will be to put it on the car show circuit. It will be displayed with proper signs and banners displaying the car's history and association with Jim Reeves. And of course, as the spectators approach the Cadillac, Jim's voice will be playing inside, adding to the atmosphere. It should make a great display, not to mention it's publicity value to the Jim Reeves legacy.

 

LEO JACKSON IS SUFFERING FROM   PROSTATE CANCER 

Leo Jackson told me he has  prostate cancer, but it's isolated to just the prostate and has not spread. He's doing 8 weeks of radiation treatment which has almost been finished and the doctor's feel that he will be cured after that. We wish him a full recovery. 

 

JIM REEVES, ME & 'MEXICAN JOE'

Click HERE to read about the exciting book by writer Mitchell Torok

 

PICTURES OF THE RESTORATION OF JIM'S CADILLAC ELDORADO

Click HERE to view these pictures of the restoration.

 

TOMMY HILL PASSED AWAY

On March 21, Tommy Hill  passed away.  Click here  to read about it.

 

AUCTION OF JIM REEVES' MEMORABILIA ON 8 DECEMBER 2001 

On December 8, 2001 there was an auction was of memorabilia of various country music artists, such as Jim Reeves, The Blue Boys, Gene Autrey, Faron Young, Carl Smith,  Conway Twitty.  Click here  to read about it. (Updated 11 February  2002)

 

FAN CLUB MEETING IN THE NETHERLANDS ON6  OCTOBER 2001   

On October 6th, the fan club organized a fan club meeting in Hilversum, The Netherlands.  Click HERE to read about it and view pictures taken by members.

 

JIM REEVES 37TH ANNIVERSARY

On July 31st 2001 was the 37th anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves. Mike Slater submitted a few rare pictures of Jim Reeves, taken  by his uncle at a concert in Florida. Click HERE to view them

 

JUDGE ACCEPTS WILL SIGNED  BY MARY REEVES IN 1976

On  14 July  2001,  Davidson County Circuit Judge Frank Clement Jr accepted a will that Mary Reeves Davis signed in 1976. Click HERE  to read the Nashville Tennessean report about it.

 

TWO NEW BEAR FAMILY JIM REEVES CD ALBUMS

Two new Bear Family Jim Reeves CD albums have been released on 11 April  2001.  Click here  to read about it.