LAST UPDATED ON 29 AUGUST 2015
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

THE 'ASK LEO JACKSON' SECTION 

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

Click here to  read the questions and Leo's replies

 

WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB

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

 

Jim Reeves

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Jim Reeves Fan Club
Postbus 66
2280 AB Ryswyk
The Netherlands
 

 EXTRA GOLD RADIO BROADCAST A WEEKLY JIM REEVES PROGRAM ON SATURDAYS

Extra Gold Radio will broadcast a weekly Jim Reeves program a whole year long, on Saturdays from 21:00 – 22:00 hours European Central Time.  The program will have a  mixture of songs in logical order, a tribute, live recordings, overdubbed songs, and  promo’s. Tune in  here .

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 .

 

25 JANUARY 2015

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

 

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.

 


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  • IN MEMORIAM

    MARY REEVES  

    20 January  1929 - 11 November 1999 

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