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WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB

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

 

Jim Reeves

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Jim Reeves Fan Club
Postbus 66
2280 AB Ryswyk
The Netherlands
telephone number 0031613844105

 

PLEASE NOTE ALL POSTINGS BY THE WEBMASTER,  UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED

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."

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  • IN MEMORIAM

    MARY REEVES  

    20 January  1929 - 11 November 1999 

    Please click here for our tribute 

     

    Click on the camera for links to a collection of photographs of Jim Reeves. 

    Scrapbook

    List of radio shows issued on transcription records

    The opening of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

    Pictures of the Jim Reeves Memorial in Carthage.

    Pictures of the former Jim Reeves "EVERGREEN" Museum in Madison  

    Pictures of the mausoleum where Mary Reeves has been put to rest

     

    Please click here for links to other sites

                                              

     

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