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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

 

18 NOVEMBER 2014

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

To read about it - click  here

 

11 NOVEMBER 2014 (updated 14 November 2014)

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

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

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

 

9 NOVEMBER  2014

JIM REEVES CLIP ON BBC TV 4 PROGRAMME

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

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

 

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

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

To read about it - click  here

 

3 NOVEMBER  2014

SEVEN JIM REEVES SONGS IN DUTCH RADIO EVERGREEN TOP 1000 CHARTS

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

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

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

All times are in Central European Time.

 

You can listen to Radio5 Nostalgia on the web here .    

1 NOVEMBER 2014

FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE # 139 HAVE BEEN MAILED TO MEMBERS

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

24 OCTOBER 2014

JOYCE JACKSON'S SPEECH AT MARY REEVES' REINTERMENT

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

 

22 OCTOBER 2014

LEO JACKSON WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY TODAY

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

 

19 OCTOBER 2014

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

Picture courtesy of  Marco van Vugt.

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

16 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

15 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

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

 

12 OCTOBER 2014

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


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

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

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

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

 

9 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALWAYS REMEMBER

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

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES

 

6 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

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

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

 

3 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Peter Atkinson- attacks on Amazon -doubtful.

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

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

Frank C. Anderson

1 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

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

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

We will remember him in our prayers.

 

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

To read about it - click  here

 

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

GEORGE HAMILTON IV DIES AT AGE 77

 

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

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

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

Odiliapeel, The Netherlands, April 8, 1978.

 

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

To read about it - click  here

 

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

 A TRIBUTE TO JIM REEVES BY DAVE BUSSEY

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

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

To read more on Lette Heselton - click here

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

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

 

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

 JIM REEVES FAN CLUB MEETING

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

Please  click here to  read more about it

 

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

To read about it - click  here

 

28 AUGUST 2014

THE DISPOSABLE BOOK

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

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

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

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

Frank C. Anderson

 

21 AUGUST 2014

FORMER TAOISEACH ALBERT REYNOLDS DIES AGE 81

 

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

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

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

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

20 AUGUST 2014

HAPPY  91st BIRTHDAY JIM REEVES!

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

 You can read about  it here .
 

 

19 AUGUST 2014

TOM PERRYMAN RETURNS TO THE AIRWAVES TOMORROW

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

THE FATE OF MANY UNWANTED ITEMS


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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank C. Anderson

 

18 AUGUST 2014

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

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

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

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

16 AUGUST 2014

TWO JIM REEVES SONGS IN THE HOTDISC TOP 40 CHART

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

13 AUGUST 2014

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

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


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

 

9 AUGUST 2014

50TH ANNIVERSARY REMEMBERED IN IRISH PRINTED PRESS
 

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

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

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

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

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

8 AUGUST 2014

TOM PERRYMAN IS IN HOSPITAL WITH PNEUMONIA

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

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

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

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

6 AUGUST 2014

 INTERVIEW JOHN RUMBLE ON BBC RADIO JERSEY

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

3 AUGUST 2014

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

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

Click here to  read about it

 

2 AUGUST 2014 (updated 4 August)

JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON BBC RADIO ULSTER

Velma Elizabeth Smith
Velma Elizabeth Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

1 AUGUST 2014

VELMA ELIZABETH  SMITH DIES 87

Velma Elizabeth Smith
Velma Elizabeth Smith

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

John Rex
 

31 JULY 2014

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



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

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

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

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

 

 

FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL

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

Click here to  view the pictures.

 

30 JULY 2014

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


THE 2012 HOLLYWOOD BOOK AWARD CONTEST
 

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

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

28 JULY 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27 JULY 2014

FAN CLUB MAGAZINE ISSUE #138 MAILED TO THE MEMBERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

25 JULY 2014

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

23 JULY 2014

 JIM REEVES'  50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTES  

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

 

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

 

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

 

JIM REEVES TRIBUTE ON NASHVILLE FM

 

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

 

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

 

BBC RADIO 2 TO RETRANSMIT  JIM REEVES TRIBUTE

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

 

15 JULY 2014

 JAMES KIRKLAND INTERVIEWED BY TOM PERRYMAN ON KKUS

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

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

 

11 JULY 2014

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

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

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

 

9 JULY 2014

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

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

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

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

 

3 JULY 2014

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

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

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

 

26 JUNE 2014

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


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

To order a copy go to the website of MAVERICK

 

22 JUNE 2014

GRAND OLE OPRY PERFORMER JIMMY C. NEWMAN DIES AT 86


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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

19 JUNE 2014

TOM PERRYMAN REPORTED THAT JIMMY C. NEWMAN NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS

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

 

17 JUNE 2014

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

to read about it - click  here

 

9 JUNE 2014

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

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

to view the preview of the booklet, click  here

to read more about the CD album, click  here


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    MARY REEVES  

    20 January  1929 - 11 November 1999 

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