James Travis Reeves (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound (a mixture of older country-style music with elements of popular music). Known as "Gentleman Jim", his songs continued to chart for years after his death. Reeves died in the crash of his private airplane. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.


Biography


Early life and education


Reeves was born at home in Galloway, Texas, a small rural community near Carthage. He was the youngest of eight children born to Mary Beulah Adams Reeves (b. 1884) and Thomas Middleton Reeves (b. 1882). He was known as Travis during his childhood years. Winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas, he enrolled to study speech and drama but quit after only six weeks to work in the shipyards in Houston. Soon he resumed baseball, playing in the semi-professional leagues before contracting with the St. Louis Cardinals "farm" team during 1944 as a right-handed pitcher. He played for the minor leagues for three years before severing his sciatic nerve while pitching, which ended his athletic career.


Early career


Reeves' initial efforts to pursue a baseball career were sporadic, possibly due to his uncertainty as to whether he would be drafted into the military as World War II enveloped the United States. On 9 March 1943 he reported to the Army Induction Center in Tyler (Texas) for his preliminary physical examination. However, he failed the exam (probably due to a heart irregularity), and on 4 August 1943 an official letter declared his 4-F draft status. Reeves began to work as a radio announcer, and sang live between songs. During the late 1940s, he was contracted with a couple of small Texas-based recording companies, but without success. Influenced by such Western swing-music artists as Jimmie Rodgers and Moon Mullican, as well as popular singers Bing Crosby, Eddy Arnold and Frank Sinatra, it was not long before he was a member of Moon Mullican's band, and made some early Mullican-style recordings like "Each Beat of my Heart" and "My Heart's Like a Welcome Mat" from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. He eventually obtained a job as an announcer for KWKH-AM in Shreveport, Louisiana, then the home of the popular radio program the Louisiana Hayride. According to former Hayride master of ceremonies Frank Page, who had introduced Elvis Presley on the program in 1954, singer Sleepy LaBeef was late for a performance, and Reeves was asked to substitute. (Other accounts—including that of Reeves himself, in an interview on the RCA Victor album Yours Sincerely—name Hank Williams as the absentee.)


Initial success in the 1950s


Jim Reeves was a country music singer who had success early on in his career with hits such as "I Love You" (a duet with Ginny Wright), "Mexican Joe", and "Bimbo" which reached Number 1 on the U.S. Country Charts in 1954. In addition to those early hits, Reeves recorded many other songs for Fabor Records and Abbott Records. In 1954, Abbott Records released a 45 single with "Bimbo" on side-A which hit #1 and featured Little Joe Hunt of the Arkansas Walk of Fame. Jim Reeves and Little Joe Hunt met at the Louisiana Hayride which was Louisiana's equivalent to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. After performing at the Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana, Reeves and Hunt traveled & performed together for several years in the dance halls and clubs of east Texas and rural Arkansas. Reeves became the headliner with Hunt as the backup performer. Due to his growing popularity, Reeves went on to release his first album in November 1955, Jim Reeves Sings (Abbott 5001), which proved to be one of Abbott Records' couple album releases. Reeves' star was on the rise because he had already been signed to a 10-year recording contract with RCA Victor by Steve Sholes. Sholes went on to produce some of Reeves' first recordings at RCA Victor. Sholes signed another performer from the Louisiana Hayride that same year (1955), Elvis Presley. Most of the talented performers of the 1950s such as Reeves, Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Ed Brown & Maxine Brown, The Wilburn Brothers and Little Joe Hunt got their start at the Louisiana Hayride. In addition to the Hayride, Jim Reeves joined the Grand Ole Opry also in 1955. Reeves also made his first appearance on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee in 1955. He was such a hit with the fans that he was invited to act as fill-in host from May thru July 1958 on the popular program, Ozark Jubilee. From his earliest recordings with RCA Victor, Reeves relied on the loud, east Texas style which was considered standard for country and western performers of that time. However, he developed a new style of singing over the course of his career. He said, "One of these days.....I'm gonna sing like I want to sing!" So, he decreased his volume and used the lower registers of his singing voice with his lips nearly touching the microphone. Amid protests from RCA but with the endorsement of his producer Chet Atkins, Reeves used this new style in a 1957 recording, a demo song of lost love that had originally been intended for a female voice. It was titled "Four Walls" which not only scored Number 1 on the country music charts but scored Number 11 on the popular music charts as well. Jim Reeves was instrumental in creating a new style of country music which used violins and lusher background arrangements which soon became known as the Nashville Sound. This new sound was able to cross genres which made Reeves even more popular as a recording artist. Reeves became known as a crooner because of his light yet rich baritone voice. Because of his vocal style, he was also considered a talented artist because of his versatility in crossing the music charts. He appealed to audiences that weren't necessarily country/western. His catalog of songs such as "Adios Amigo", "Welcome to My World", and "Am I Losing You?" demonstrated this appeal. Many of his Christmas songs have become perennial favorites including "C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S", "Blue Christmas" and "An Old Christmas Card". Reeves is also responsible for popularizing many gospel songs, including "We Thank Thee", "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", "Across The Bridge", "Where We'll Never Grow Old". He was given the name Gentleman Jim. an apt description of Jim Reeves both on stage & off.


Early 1960s and international fame


Reeves scored his greatest success with the Joe Allison composition "He'll Have to Go", a success on both the popular and country music charts, which earned him a platinum record. Released during late 1959, it scored Number 1 on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Songs chart on February 8, 1960, which it scored for 14 consecutive weeks. Country music historian Bill Malone noted that while it was in many ways a conventional country song, its arrangement and the vocal chorus "put this recording in the country pop vein". In addition, Malone lauded Reeves' vocal styling—lowered to "its natural resonant level" to project the "caressing style that became famous"—as why "many people refer to him as the singer with the velvet voice." In 1963 he released his "Twelve Songs of Christmas" album, which had the well-known songs "C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S" and "An Old Christmas Card". During 1975, RCA producer Chet Atkins told interviewer Wayne Forsythe, "Jim wanted to be a tenor but I wanted him to be a baritone... I was right, of course. After he changed his voice to that smooth deeper sound, he was immensely popular." Reeves' international popularity during the 1960s, however, at times surpassed his popularity in the United States, helping to give country music a worldwide market for the first time.


South Africa


During the early 1960s, Reeves was more popular in South Africa than Elvis Presley and recorded several albums in the Afrikaans language. In 1963, he toured and was featured in a South African film, Kimberley Jim. The film was released with a special prologue and epilogue in South African cinemas after Reeves' death, praising him as a true friend of the country. The film was produced, directed, and written by Emil Nofal. Reeves was one of an exclusive trio of performers to have released an album there that played at the little-used 16⅔ rpm speed. This unusual format was more suited to the spoken word and was quickly discontinued for music. The only other artists known to have released such albums in South Africa were Elvis Presley and Slim Whitman.


Britain and Ireland


Reeves toured Britain and Ireland during 1963 between his tours of South Africa and Europe. Reeves and the Blue Boys were in Ireland from May 30 to June 19, 1963, with a tour of US military bases from June 10 to 15, when they returned to Ireland. They performed in most counties in Ireland, though Reeves occasionally abbreviated performances because he was unhappy with the available pianos at concert venues. In a June 6, 1963 interview with Spotlight magazine, Reeves expressed his concerns about the tour schedule and the condition of the pianos but said he was pleased with the audiences. There was a press reception for him at the Shannon Shamrock Inn organized by Tom Monaghan of Bunratty Castle, County Clare. Showband singers Maisie McDaniel and Dermot O'Brien welcomed him on May 29, 1963. A photograph appeared in the Limerick Leader on June 1, 1963. Press coverage continued from May until Reeves' arrival with a photograph of the press reception in The Irish Press. Billboard magazine in the US also reported the tour before and after. The single "Welcome to My World" with the B/W side "Juanita" was released by RCA Victor during June 1963 and bought by the distributors Irish Records Factors Ltd. This scored the record Number 1 while Reeves was there during June. There were a number of accounts of his dances in the local newspapers and a good account was given in The Kilkenny People of his dance in the Mayfair Ballroom where 1,700 people were present. There was a photograph in The Donegal Democrat of Reeves' singing in the Pavesi Ball Room on June 7, 1963, and an account of his non-appearance on stage in The Diamond, Kiltimagh, County Mayo in The Western People representing how the tour went in different areas. He planned to record an album of popular Irish songs, and had three Number 1 songs in Ireland during 1963 and 1964: "Welcome to My World", "I Love You Because", and "I Won't Forget You". The last two are estimated to have sold 860,000 and 750,000 respectively in Britain alone, excluding Ireland. Reeves had 11 songs in the Irish charts from 1962 to 1967. He recorded two Irish ballads, "Danny Boy" and "Maureen". "He'll Have to Go" was his most popular song there and was at Number 1 and on the charts for months during 1960. He was one of the most popular recording artists in Ireland, in the first ten after the Beatles, Elvis and Cliff Richard. He was permitted to perform in Ireland by the Irish Federation of Musicians on the condition that he share the bill with Irish show bands, becoming popular by 1963. The British Musicians' Union would not permit him to perform there because no agreement existed for British show bands to travel to America in exchange for the Blue Boys playing in Britain. Reeves did, however, perform for British radio and TV programmes.


Norway


Reeves played at the sports arena Njårdhallen, Oslo on April 16, 1964, with Bobby Bare, Chet Atkins, the Blue Boys and the Anita Kerr Singers. They performed two concerts; the second was televised and recorded by the Norwegian network NRK (Norsk Rikskringkasting, the only one in Norway at the time). The complete concert, however, was not recorded, including some of Reeves' last songs. There are reports he performed "You're the Only Good Thing (That's Happened to Me)" in this section. The program has been repeated on NRK several times over the years. His first success in Norway, "He'll Have to Go", scored Number 1 in the Top Ten and scored the chart for 29 weeks. "I Love You Because" was his greatest success in Norway, scoring Number. 1 during 1964 and scoring on the list for 39 weeks. His albums spent 696 weeks in the Norwegian Top 20 chart, making him one of the most popular music artists in the history of norway..


Last recording session


Reeves' last recording session for RCA Victor had produced "Make the World Go Away", "Missing You", and "Is It Really Over?" When the session ended with some time remaining on the schedule, Reeves suggested that he should record one more song. He taped "I Can't Stop Loving You", in what was to be his final RCA recording. He made one later recording, however, at the little studio in his home. In late July 1964, a few days before his death, Reeves recorded "I'm a Hit Again", using just an acoustic guitar as accompaniment. That recording was never released by RCA (because it was a home recording not owned by the label) but appeared during 2003 as part of a collection of previously unissued Reeves songs released on the VoiceMasters label.


Personal life


Jim Reeves married Mary White on 3 September 1947. They never had any children as Jim Reeves was believed to be sterile, due to complications from a mumps infection.


Death


On Friday, July 31, 1964, Reeves and his business partner and manager Dean Manuel (also the pianist of Reeves' backing group, the Blue Boys) left Batesville, Arkansas, en route to Nashville in a single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls. The two had secured a deal on some real estate (Reeves had also unsuccessfully tried to buy property from the LaGrone family in Deadwood, Texas, north of his birthplace of Galloway). While flying over Brentwood, Tennessee, they encountered a violent thunderstorm. A subsequent investigation showed that the small airplane had become caught in the storm and Reeves suffered spatial disorientation. The singer's widow, Mary Reeves (1929–1999), probably unwittingly started the rumor that he was flying the airplane upside down and assumed he was increasing altitude to clear the storm. However, according to Larry Jordan, author of the 2011 biography, Jim Reeves: His Untold Story, this scenario is rebutted by eyewitnesses known to crash investigators who saw the plane overhead immediately before the mishap and confirmed that Reeves was not upside down. Reeves' friend, the musician Marty Robbins, recalled hearing the wreck happen and alerting authorities to which direction he heard the impact. Jordan writes extensively about forensic evidence (including from the long-elusive tower tape and accident report), which suggests that instead of making a right turn to avoid the storm (as he had been advised by the approach controller to do), Reeves turned left in an attempt to follow Franklin Road to the airport. In so doing, he flew further into the rain. While preoccupied with trying to re-establish his ground references, Reeves let his airspeed get too low and stalled the aircraft. Relying on his instincts more than his training, evidence suggests he applied full power and pulled back on the yoke before leveling his wings—a fatal, but not uncommon, mistake that induced a stall/spin from which he was too low to recover. Jordan writes that according to the tower tape, Reeves ran into the heavy rain at 4:51 p.m. and crashed only a minute later, at 4:52 p.m. When the wreckage was found some 42 hours later, it was discovered the airplane's engine and nose were buried in the ground due to the impact of the crash. The crash site was in a wooded area north-northeast of Brentwood approximately at the junction of Baxter Lane and Franklin Pike Circle, just east of Interstate 65, and southwest of Nashville International Airport where Reeves planned to land. On the morning of August 2, 1964, after an intense search by several parties (which included several personal friends of Reeves including Ernest Tubb and Marty Robbins) the bodies of the singer and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of the aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States began to announce Reeves' death formally. Thousands of people traveled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves' final resting place near Carthage, Texas.


Legacy


Reeves was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame during 1967, which honored him by saying, "The velvet style of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves' was an international influence. His rich voice brought millions of new fans to country music from every corner of the world. Although the crash of his private airplane took his life, posterity will keep his name alive because they will remember him as one of the most important performers in Country music. In 1998 Reeves was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas, where the Jim Reeves Memorial is located. The inscription on the memorial reads, "If I, a lowly singer, dry one tear, or soothe one humble human heart in pain, then my homely verse to God is dear, and not one stanza has been sung in vain."


Posthumous releases


Reeves' records continued to sell well, both earlier as well as new albums, issued after his death. His widow, Mary, combined unreleased tracks with previous releases (placing updated instrumentals alongside Reeves' original vocals) to produce a regular series of "new" albums after her husband's death. She also operated the Jim Reeves Museum in Nashville from the mid-1970s until 1996. On the fifteenth anniversary of Jim's death Mary told a country music magazine interviewer, "Jim Reeves my husband is gone; Jim Reeves the artist lives on." During 1966, Reeves' record "Distant Drums" hit Number 1 on the British singles chart and remained there for five weeks, beating competition from the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" and "Eleanor Rigby" (a double-sided "A" release), and the Small Faces' song, "All Or Nothing". The song stayed in the UK charts for 45 weeks as well as taking the Number 1 on the US country music chart. Originally, "Distant Drums" had been recorded merely as a "demo" for its composer, Cindy Walker, believing it was for her personal use and had been deemed "unsuitable" for general release by Chet Atkins and RCA Victor. During 1966, however, RCA determined that there was a market for the song because of the war in Vietnam. It was named Song of the Year in the UK during 1966 by the BBC and Reeves became the first American artist to receive the accolade. That same year, singer Del Reeves (no relation) recorded an album paying tribute to him. In 1980, Reeves had another two Top Ten posthumous duet hits along with the late country star Patsy Cline, who featured on Have You Ever Been Lonely? and I Fall to Pieces. Although the two had never recorded together during their tragically short lives, producers Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley lifted their isolated vocal performances off their original 3-track stereo master session tapes, resynchronized them and re-recorded new digital backing tracks. Reeves' compilation albums containing well-known standards continue to sell well. The Definitive Collection scored Number 21 in the UK album charts during July 2003, and Memories are Made of This scored Number 35 during July 2004. Bear Family Records produced a 16-CD boxed set of Reeves' studio recordings and several smaller sets, mainly radio broadcasts and demos. During 2007, the label released a set entitled Nashville Stars on Tour, including audio and video material of the RCA European tour during April 1964 in which Reeves features prominently. Since 2003, the US-based VoiceMasters has issued more than 80 previously unreleased Reeves recordings, including new songs as well as newly overdubbed material. Among them was "I'm a Hit Again", the last song he recorded in his basement studio just a few days before his death. VoiceMasters overdubbed this track in the same studio in Reeves' former home (now owned by a Nashville record producer). Reeves' fans repeatedly urged RCA or Bear Family to re-release some of the songs overdubbed during the years after his death which have never appeared on CD. A compilation CD The Very Best of Jim Reeves scored Number 8 on initial release in the UK album chart during May 2009, to later score its maximum of Number 7 during late June, his first top 10 album in the UK since 1992.


India and Sri Lanka


Reeves had many fans in both India and Sri Lanka since the 1960s, and is probably the all-time most popular English language singer in Sri Lanka. His Christmas carols are especially popular, and music stores continue to carry his CDs or audio cassettes. There was a Muslim schoolgirl in Kegalle, Sri Lanka who wore only white sari to the school for three months from the date of his untimely death. Two of his songs, "There's a Heartache Following Me" and "Welcome to My World," were favorites of the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. A follower of Meher Baba, Pete Townshend of the Who, recorded his own version of "Heartache" on his first major solo album Who Came First during 1972. During Christmas season his versions of "Jingle Bells", Silent Night" or "Mary's Boy Child" are the most sought-after songs/albums in Sri Lanka. Robert Svoboda, in his trilogy on Aghora and the Aghori Vimalananda, mentions that Vimalananda considered Reeves a gandharva, i.e. in Indian tradition, a heavenly musician, who had been born on Earth. He had Svoboda play Reeves' "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his cremation.


Tributes


Tributes to Reeves were composed in the British Isles after his death. The song "A Tribute to Jim Reeves" was written by Eddie Masterson and recorded by Larry Cunningham and the Mighty Avons and during January 1965 it scored on the UK Charts and Top Ten in Ireland. It scored the UK Charts on December 10, 1964, and was there for 11 weeks and sold 250,000 copies. The Dixielanders Show Band also recorded a 'Tribute to Jim Reeves' written by Steve Lynch and recorded during September 1964 and it scored on the Northern Ireland Charts during September 1964. The Masterson song was translated later into Dutch and recorded. In the UK, "We'll Remember You" was written by Geoff Goddard but not released until 2008 on the Now & Then: From Joe Meek To New Zealand double album by Houston Wells. Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra, a Canadian alternative rock band whose musical style blends elements of surf music, gospel music, rockabilly, garage and punk released the song entitled "Jimmy Reeves" on their 1992 album "Don't Mind If I Do" Reeves remains a popular artist in Ireland and many Irish singers have recorded tribute albums. A play by author Dermot Devitt, Put Your Sweet Lips, was based on Reeves' appearance in Ireland at the Pavesi Ballroom in Donegal town on June 7, 1963, and reminiscences of people who attended. Blind R&B and blues music artist Robert Bradley (of the band Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise) paid tribute to Reeves in the album description of his release, Out of the Wilderness. He said, "This record brings me back to the time when I started out wanting to be a singer-songwriter, where the music did not need the New York Philharmonic to make it real...I wanted to do a record and just be Robert and sing straight like Jim Reeves on 'Put Your Sweet Lips a Little Closer to the Phone.'" British comedian Vic Reeves adopted his stage name from Reeves and Vic Damone, two of his favorite singers. In the United States, Del Reeves (no relation) recorded and released a 1966 album entitled Del Reeves sings Jim Reeves. Reeves' nephew, John Rex Reeves, appears occasionally on RFD-TV's Midwest Country, singing Reeves' songs, as well as other popular country songs.


Discography


Footnotes


Further reading


Vinopal, David. Jim Reeves. AllMusic Jim Reeves Discography. LP Discography – Covers & Lyrics. (US charted singles and albums) Bergan, Jon Vidar (2006). "Store Rock- Og Pop- Leksikon". Big Rock and Pop Encyclopedia. Kunnskapsforlaget, Oslo. (UK charted singles) Gilde, Tore (1994). "Den Store Norske Hitboka". The Big Norwegian Hit Book. Exlex Forlag A/S, Oslo. (Norway charted singles and albums) Rumble, John (1998). "Jim Reeves". – The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, editor. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 435–6. ISBN 978-0-19-517608-7 Stanton, Scott (2003). "Jim Reeves". The Tombstone Tourist: Musicians. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7434-6330-7 Houston Wells (Official Myspace)


External links


"Jim Reeves: His Untold Story", 672-page biography by Larry Jordan Jim Reeves photos Jim Reeves Memorial in Carthage, Texas Jim Reeves at the Country Music Hall of Fame "The Jim Reeves Way" – Website with audio clips Jim Reeves fan club Jim Reeves at AllMusic Jim Reeves discography at Discogs Jim Reeves Museum in Voxna, Sweden Large collection of Reeves information (Dutch) Jim Reeves European fan site [1] Jim Reeves minor league stats

I'd Rather Have Jesus I'd Rather Have Jesus - Jim Reeves

This world is not my home This world is not my home - Jim Reeves

Blue Christmas Blue Christmas - Jim Reeves

The Merry Christmas Polka The Merry Christmas Polka - Jim Reeves

God be with you till we meet Again God be with you till we meet Again - Jim Reeves

Precious Lord take my hand Precious Lord take my hand - Jim Reeves

A Beautiful Life A Beautiful Life - Jim Reeves

Moon River Moon River - Jim Reeves

May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You - Jim Reeves

Silent Night Silent Night - Jim Reeves

Precious Memories Precious Memories - Jim Reeves

An Old Christmas Card An Old Christmas Card - Jim Reeves

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells - Jim Reeves

Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) - Jim Reeves

I'd Fight The World I'd Fight The World - Jim Reeves

Where We'll Never Grow Old Where We'll Never Grow Old - Jim Reeves

The Farmer And The Lord The Farmer And The Lord - Jim Reeves

There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder - Jim Reeves

How Long Has It Been How Long Has It Been - Jim Reeves

I Can't Stop Loving You I Can't Stop Loving You - Jim Reeves

It Is No Secret - What God Can Do It Is No Secret - What God Can Do - Jim Reeves

Scarlet Ribbons Scarlet Ribbons - Jim Reeves

Teach Me How To Pray Teach Me How To Pray - Jim Reeves

Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) - Jim Reeves

We Thank Thee We Thank Thee - Jim Reeves

I'll Fly Away I'll Fly Away - Jim Reeves

Where Do I Go From Here Where Do I Go From Here - Jim Reeves

C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S  Medley C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Medley - Jim Reeves

Mary's Little Boy Child Mary's Little Boy Child - Jim Reeves

Welcome To My World Welcome To My World - Jim Reeves

The Night Watch The Night Watch - Jim Reeves

The Padre Of Old San Antone The Padre Of Old San Antone - Jim Reeves

Mary's Boy Child Mary's Boy Child - Jim Reeves - Gentri Music

White Christmas White Christmas - Jim Reeves

Peace In the Valley Peace In the Valley - Jim Reeves

My Cathedral My Cathedral - Jim Reeves

O Little Town of Bethlehem O Little Town of Bethlehem - Jim Reeves

The Search Is Ended The Search Is Ended - Jim Reeves

Dear Hearts and Gentle People Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Jim Reeves

In The Garden In The Garden - Jim Reeves

Whispering Hope Whispering Hope - Jim Reeves

Oh, Gentle Shepherd Oh, Gentle Shepherd - Jim Reeves

I Love You Because I Love You Because - Jim Reeves

Before You Came Along Before You Came Along - Jim Reeves

Across The Bridge Across The Bridge - Jim Reeves

Señor Santa Claus Señor Santa Claus - Jim Reeves

Have Thine Own Way Lord Have Thine Own Way Lord - Jim Reeves

Silver Bells Silver Bells - Jim Reeves

The Shifting Whispering Sands The Shifting Whispering Sands - Jim Reeves

God Be With You God Be With You - Jim Reeves

Trouble In The Amen Corner Trouble In The Amen Corner - Jim Reeves

The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees - Jim Reeves

He Will He Will - Jim Reeves

There's That Smile Again There's That Smile Again - Jim Reeves

The Letter Edged In Black The Letter Edged In Black - Jim Reeves

Satan Can't Hold Me Satan Can't Hold Me - Jim Reeves

Men With Broken Hearts Men With Broken Hearts - Jim Reeves

Don't Let Me Cross Over Don't Let Me Cross Over - Jim Reeves

It Is No Secret It Is No Secret - Jim Reeves

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Albums & Songs

  • Distant Drums
  • There's Someone Who Loves You
  • I've Forgotten You
  • How Many Tears From Now
  • Stand By
  • You're the Sweetest Thing
  • Heartbreakin' Baby
  • I'm a Hit Again
  • Gypsy Feet
  • Deep Dark Water
  • Crying In My Sleep
  • Subconscious Heart
  • Trying To Forget
  • If Heartache Is the Fashion
  • Lonesome Waltz
  • Your Old Love Letters
  • Then I'll Stop Loving You
  • It's Nothin' To Me
  • Read This Letter
  • Crying Is My Favorite Mood
  • Distant Drums
  • Is It Really Over?
  • I Missed Me
  • Snow Flake
  • A Letter to My Heart
  • Losing Your Love
  • This Is It
  • Not Until the Next Time
  • Good Morning Self
  • Where Does a Broken Heart Go?
  • Overnight
  • The Gods Were Angry with Me
  • He'll Have to Go
  • Blue Yodel No. 5
  • Newscast of 1948 (Spoken Word)
  • My Mary
  • When Did You Leave Heaven
  • Mexican Joe
  • Back Up and Push
  • Yonder Comes a Sucker
  • The Wreck of the Number Nine
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • The Fool's Paradise
  • Billy Bayou
  • Am I Losing You
  • I Grew Up
  • He'll Have to Go
  • I Know One
  • Tweedle O' Twill
  • Little Ole You
  • Bimbo
  • Pride Goes Before a Fall
  • Ichabod Crane
  • Young Hearts
  • That's a Sad Affair
  • Jimbo Jenkins
  • Two Shadows on Your Window
  • I'm Hurtin' Inside
  • Noointjie Van Die Ou Transvaal
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • Precious Memories
  • An Evening Prayer
  • The Padre of Old San Antone
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • The Night Watch
  • May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Where We'll Never Grow Old
  • I'd Rather Have Jesus
  • A Beautiful Life
  • Across the Bridge
  • Whispering Hope
  • Teach Me How to Pray
  • In the Garden
  • It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
  • We Thank Thee
  • Where Do I Go from Here
  • He Will
  • Oh, Gentle Shepherd
  • Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  • Memories Are Made of This
  • Roses Are Red (My Love)
  • After Loving You
  • Stand In
  • Waltzing on Top of the World
  • When You Are Gone
  • Just Out of Reach
  • I Love You Because
  • I'd Fight the World
  • The One That Got Away
  • Once Upon a Time
  • I Never Pass There Anymore
  • Don't Let Me Cross Over
  • There's a Heartache Following Me
  • The Talking Walls
  • Little Ole Dime
  • The World You Left Behind
  • I've Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand
  • Lonely Music
  • Bottle, Take Effect
  • You Kept Me Awake Last Night
  • Before I Died
  • Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart
  • The Old Kalahari
  • (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover
  • True
  • I'm Crying Again
  • Guilty
  • Blue Canadian Rockies
  • The Hawaiian Wedding Song
  • You Are My Love
  • Heartbreak In Silhouette
  • Tahiti (Verre Land)
  • Golden Memories and Silver Tears
  • According to My Heart
  • Four Walls
  • Yonder Comes a Sucker
  • Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me)
  • He'll Have to Go
  • Is It Really Over?
  • Stand At Your Window
  • I Won't Come In While He's There
  • I Know (And You Know)
  • Love Is No Excuse
  • The Writing On the Wall
  • In the Misty Moonlight
  • Mexican Joe
  • Bimbo
  • Beatin' On the Ding Dong
  • Penny Candy
  • Drinking Tequila
  • Yonder Comes a Sucker
  • According to My Heart
  • Waiting for a Train
  • Four Walls
  • Two Shadows On Your Window
  • Blue Boy
  • It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
  • Billy Bayou
  • Home
  • He'll Have to Go
  • I'm Gettin' Better
  • I Know One
  • I Missed Me
  • Am I Losing You
  • The Blizzard
  • Losing Your Love
  • Adiós Amigo
  • I'm Gonna Change Everything
  • Is This Me
  • Guilty
  • Welcome to My World
  • Love Is No Excuse
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • I Won't Forget You
  • This Is It
  • Is It Really Over?
  • Snowflake
  • Distant Drums
  • Blue Side of Lonesome
  • I Won't Come In While He's There
  • I Heard a Heart Break Last Night
  • That's When I See the Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes)
  • When You Are Gone
  • When Two Worlds Collide
  • Angels Don't Lie
  • Mexican Joe
  • Bimbo
  • Yonder Comes a Sucker
  • I've Lived a Lot In My Time
  • According to My Heart
  • Am I Losing You
  • Four Walls
  • Billy Bayou
  • Home
  • He'll Have to Go
  • Look Behind You (I'll Be There)
  • Stand At Your Window
  • I Heard a Heart Break Last Night
  • The Image of Me
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • Distant Drums
  • Four Walls
  • Blue Boy
  • Losing Your Love
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • Distant Drums
  • Is It Really Over?
  • Billy Bayou
  • He'll Have to Go
  • Home
  • This Is It
  • Silver Bells
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • Blue Christmas
  • An Old Christmas Card
  • Teach Me How to Pray
  • C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  • Precious Memories
  • Jingle Bells
  • The Merry Christmas Polka
  • In the Garden
  • Silent Night
  • Oh Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
  • It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
  • A Beautiful Life
  • The Padre of Old San Antone
  • Senor Santa Claus
  • Mary's Little Boy Child
  • May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees
  • An Evening Prayer
  • White Christmas
  • Mexican Joe
  • Bimbo
  • Beatin' On the Ding Dong
  • Penny Candy
  • Drinking Tequila
  • Yonder Comes a Sucker
  • According to My Heart
  • Waiting for a Train
  • Four Walls
  • Two Shadows On Your Window
  • Blue Boy
  • It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
  • Billy Bayou
  • Home
  • He'll Have to Go
  • I'm Gettin' Better
  • I Know One
  • I Missed Me
  • Am I Losing You
  • The Blizzard
  • Losing Your Love
  • Adiós Amigo
  • I'm Gonna Change Everything
  • Is This Me
  • Guilty
  • Welcome to My World
  • Love Is No Excuse
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • I Won't Forget You
  • This Is It
  • Is It Really Over?
  • Snowflake
  • Distant Drums
  • Blue Side of Lonesome
  • I Won't Come In While He's There
  • I Heard a Heart Break Last Night
  • That's When I See the Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes)
  • When You Are Gone
  • When Two Worlds Collide
  • Angels Don't Lie
  • Four Walls
  • Blue Boy
  • He'll Have to Go
  • Home
  • Am I Losing You
  • The Blizzard
  • I'm Gettin' Better
  • I Know One
  • Adiós Amigo
  • I Love You Because
  • I'm Gonna Change Everything
  • Welcome to My World
  • Is This Me
  • I Guess I'm Crazy
  • This Is It
  • Is It Really Over?
  • Distant Drums
  • I Won't Forget You
  • Blue Side of Lonesome
  • Suppertime
  • He'll Have to Go
  • I'm Gettin' Better
  • The Blizzard
  • Stand At Your Window
  • Four Walls
  • Billy Bayou
  • Am I Losing You
  • Danny Boy
  • Wagon Load of Love
  • Mexican Joe
  • Then I'll Stop Loving You
  • The Wilder Your Heart Beats the Sweeter You Love
  • Give Me One More Kiss
  • My Rambling Heart
  • Bimbo
  • Yonder Comes a Sucker
  • My Lips Are Sealed
  • According to My Heart
  • I've Got Just the Thing for You
  • Am I Losing You
  • Look Behind You (I'll Be There)
  • Four Walls
  • The Gods Were Angry With Me
  • I Know (And You Know)
  • I Heard a Heart Break Last Night
  • I Get the Blues When It Rains
  • Anna Marie
  • I Love You More
  • Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)
  • Welcome to My World
  • He'll Have to Go
  • Four Walls
  • Am I Losing You
  • Golden Memories and Silver Tears
  • She's Got You
  • I Fall to Pieces
  • So Wrong
  • Misty Moonlight
  • Back In Baby's Arms
  • Missing You
  • Walkin' After Midnight
  • The Blizzard
  • Why Can't He Be You
  • Distant Drums
  • Leavin' On Your Mind
  • You're the One Good Thing (That's Happened to Me)
  • Before I Died
  • Little Ole Dime
  • There's a Heartache Following Me
  • Dark Moon
  • Missing Angel
  • Roses
  • The Talking Walls
  • I Never Pass There Anymore
  • There's a New Moon over My Shoulder
  • You'll Never Know
  • Blue Skies
  • Oh, What It Seemed to Be
  • (It's No) Sin
  • Moon River
  • You Belong To Me
  • (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover
  • That's My Desire
  • Moonlight and Roses (Bring Mem'ries of You)
  • Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
  • Jingle Bells
  • Blue Christmas
  • Senor Santa Claus
  • An Old Christmas Card
  • The Merry Christmas Polka
  • White Christmas
  • Silver Bells
  • C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Mary's Little Boy Child
  • O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
  • Silent Night
  • Where Do I Go From Here
  • Mary's Little Boy Child
  • Beyond The Clouds
  • (Make Me Wonderful) In Her Eyes
  • Teach Me How To Pray
  • May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You
  • My Cathedral
  • He Will
  • The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees
  • The Farmer And The Lord
  • I've Lived A Lot In My Time
  • Blue Side of Lonesome
  • I Catch Myself Crying
  • Trying to Forget
  • I Know One
  • Seabreeze
  • I Won't Come in While He's There
  • Blue Without My Baby
  • Teardrops on the Rocks
  • Crying is My Favorite Mood
  • Deep Dark Water
  • Where Do I Go to Throw a Picture Away
  • You Kept Me Awake Last Night
  • I'm Crying Again
  • Oh, How I Miss You Tonight
  • Lonesome Waltz
  • Your Wedding
  • When You Are Gone
  • Missing You
  • Honey, Won't You Please Come Home
  • In a Mansion Stands My Love
  • I'm Glad You're Better
  • Kimberley Jim
  • Strike It Rich
  • I Grew Up
  • My Life Is a Gypsy
  • Born to Be Lucky
  • Old Fashioned Rag
  • Could I Be Falling in Love
  • Diamonds in the Sand
  • A Stranger's Just a Friend
  • Fall in and Follow
  • Roving Gambler
  • Dolly with the Dimpled Knees
  • The Boom-Chic Polka
  • The Search Is Ended
  • Blue Side of Lonesome
  • I Catch Myself Crying
  • Trying to Forget
  • I Know One
  • Seabreeze
  • I Won't Come in While He's There
  • Blue Without My Baby
  • Teardrops on the Rocks
  • Crying is My Favorite Mood
  • Deep Dark Water
  • Mexican Joe / Yonder Comes a Sucker
  • Medley: Four Walls / I Missed Me / Tennessee Waltz / I Really Don't Want to Know / He'll Have to Go
  • Medley: Walking the Floor Over You / There Stands the Glass / One by One / Guess Things Happen That Way / I Want to Be with You Always
  • Wildwood Flower
  • The Blizzard
  • Your Old Love Letters
  • Am I Losing You (Dialogue)
  • Bimbo
  • Stand at Your Window
  • Danny Boy