On Saturday March 1st, the BBC broadcasted part 2 of 'LOST HIGHWAY', a new series about the history of country music.
In part 2; 'ROAD TO NASHVILLE', the first 40 minutes were devoted to Hank Williams and honky tonk music.
Then it was reported that Elvis Presley and rock and roll almost killed country music. It also provided country music performers oppertunities to get recognition and credibility outside the country charts. A number of record producers in Nashville knew if a record did not sound to country, it appealed to that part of the public which did not like rock and roll. They created the "NASHVILLE SOUND" and Jim Reeves was the ideal candidate for the 'Nashville Treatment'.
Indeed in the program Jim Reeves was giving credit for being the most succesful artist and having an international appeal.
Jim featured for 41/2 minutes while Eddy Arnold just got 3 minutes. Besides 4 not complete filmclips, there was the added commentary by historian Ronnie Pugh. The Nashville Sound was only given a brief description in comparison to the Honky Tonk music. In a telephone conversation we had, the producer realized and apoligized for it, they could have done a full program on it by its own, but didn't have the time for it.
It was interesting to watch film clips from recording sessions by Dottie West, Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold, all in the same RCA Studio B, perhaps filmed on the same day.
The 'FOUR WALLS' clip from a 'COUNTRY STYLE USA' show had been overdubbed with the the recording from the record, and not lip-sync either!
It was nice to see Jim on European TV again after so many years. The BBC press office reported 2.300.000 viewers in Britain alone watched the program, the number of viewers in The Netherlands, Belgium and pars of France couldn't be recorded but it is known BBC2 is a very favourite channel .