Many Jim Reeves fans are familiar with his 1963 LP, "Good 'n' Country, and have read the excellent liner notes by Lorne Harasen, a Canadian radio personality. But few, if any, fans know how Mr. Harasen came to write those liner notes. Here, exclusively, we present four documents from the Jim Reeves estate which speak for themselves and tell the true story of how Lorne Harasen became the writer of the "Good 'n' Country" liner notes.
Before you read the documents presented here, we wish to clear up some misinformation about the liner notes which was posted on another Jim Reeves website on Nov. 17, 2011 by Julie (Webmistress). In a response to a posting on the other site by Lorne Harasen, Julie(Webmistress) states that, "...Mr. Harasen was selected by Jim Reeves to write the liner notes...", and that Mr. Harasen was,"...asked by Mr. Reeves to do this."
Well, not exactly.
On January 21, 1962, Lorne Harasen wrote a letter to Jim Reeves and asked Jim if he could write the notes for one of his albums. Harasen said that writing the notes would boost his career.
Graciously, Jim replied by saying that he would ask Chet Atkin's permission, and that it would be a pleasure for Jim to have Lorne write the notes.
Six months pass and Harasen has not heard from Jim about the liner notes. So, Harasen writes Jim again and asks him again if he could write the liner notes for one of Jim's albums. In his reply, Jim says that he will discuss the matter with,"...the people concerned." And Jim says that he will try to see that Harasen writes the liner notes.
Harasen eventually wrote the liner notes, and did a fine job of it, as most fans will agree.
However, the genesis of the event was not exactly as was portrayed by Julie (Webmistress), who made it seem almost as if Jim had sought out Harasen to do the writing, or that Jim had contacted Harasen. Actually, it was the other way around.
This was perhaps an innocent mistake by Julie (Webmistress), due to ignorance of the facts. The original documents presented here set the record straight.
Frank C. Anderson
from the collection of Frank C. Anderson