On Sunday April 13, a number of fans and people who knew Jim Reeves from school, baseball or his radio and recording carreer, met at a room in the Carthage Chamber of Commerce building , courtesy of Tommy Ritter Smith.
Among the guests were Leo Jackson, a long time friend and former member of the Blue Boys, Tom Perryman and his wife Billie, and old baseball teammates Chester Studdard, George Bounds and Ralph Allen.
After the introductions, Leo Jackson did his “show and tell.” He had brought the baby Martin acoustic guitar that Jim had played on the Jimmy Dean Show in New York City in early 1964 and also in the Oslo, Norway concert in April of that same year.
Leo played the guitar to the delight of all in attendance. He picked the “Wildwood Flower” which was the guitar piece Jim played the most and best. Leo also played another tune or two and offered to let anybody in attendance hold or play the guitar. John Rex Reeves came forward and treated us to his version of Jim’s composition “Am I Losing You” while he played the Martin guitar.
Several other people examined the guitar and Ranjit, an Australian artist, did a chorus of “Waitin’ for a Train” while John Rex played the guitar and the rest of us helped out by singing (such as we could). That pretty much finished the formal part of the meeting.
Earlier that day, several members of our party headed to Galloway for the meeting at the Reeves/Yount house site which was Jim’s birthplace. Several friends and relatives of the present owners were there.
Leo is standing at the spot where the house Jim was born in, once stood.
A small group of us visited the Jim Reeves Memorial on our way to the meeting.
From left to right: Terry D'Souza, Marco van Vugt, Arie den Dulk, Leo Jackson and Dave Morris.
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