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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
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
2280 AB Ryswyk
telephone number 0031613844105
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14 SEPTEMBER 2014
DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES
AND PATSY CLINE PERFORMED ON THE SAME SLOT AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY IN JANUARY
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
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
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
Now here's a surprise!!!???
Gosh, David Bussey's music
book selling on
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR JIM REEVES AND DEAN MANUEL
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
8 JUNE 2014
HANK SNOW INSTRUMENTAL VERSION OF ' AM I LOSING YOU' INCLUDED ON BEAR FAMILY 'S LATEST HANK SNOW RELEASE
On the occaision of the 100th anniversary of Hank Snow (He was born May 9, 1914) Bear Family has released a single CD entitled HIS MOST REQUESTED SONGS OF ALL TIME (BCD 17351).
As an bonus track it features an instrumental version of Jim's 'AM I LOSING YOU' , just Hank and his guitar, which Hank recorded on December 7, 1965.
3 JUNE 2014
FORMER OPRY PHOTOGRAPHER FOR 32 YEARS, LES LEVERETT , WAS AMONG 10 PHOTOGRAPHERS HONOURED THAT PHOTOGRAPHED COUNTRY ARTISTS AND SITUATIONS
to read about it - click here
27 MAY 2014
DID YOU KNOW IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 1955 JIM AND MARY REEVES SPENT TIME WITH THE PERRYMANS?
to read about it - click here
21 MAY 2014
JOHN REX REEVES, NEPHEW OF JIM REEVES, WAS GUEST ON TOM PERRYMAN'S RADIO SHOW TODAY
Tom Perryman had a special guest in his two hour radio program today, John Rex Reeves, nephew of Jim Reeves. They rekindled memories about Jim Reeves and Tom played a few tracks from John Rex's latest 16 track album "REMEMBERING JIM REEVES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH", to be released next week. They also talked about the Jim Reeves 50 Year Anniversary Tribute Show, to be hosted by John Rex, at the Henderson Civic Theater on Friday July 25th.
to visit the website of John Rex Reeves - clickhere
click here for the "REMEMBERING JIM REEVES" album
19 MAY 2014
DID YOU KNOW IN MARCH 1969 A JIM REEVES SONG DISPUTE WAS SETTLED IN THE HIGH COURT IN LONDON, ENGLAND ?
to read about it - clickhere
9 MAY 2014
BEAR FAMILY WILL RELEASE 3 CD SET ON JIM REEVES - "THE COMPLETE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, PLUS"
On May 5, 2014 BEAR FAMILY RECORDS announced the release of 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.
to read more about it - click here
8 MAY 2014
SAD LETTER FROM BILL AND JEANNIE WALKER
With a heavy heart, I tell you that our precious Lisa passed away Sunday, May 4, at 5:00pm. She hada brief, but difficult struggle with lung cancer, which had spread to her brain, pancreas and liver. Her funeral is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, and will be held at Woodbine Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN. Visitation is from 10:30am til 12:00pm. Service is at 12:00 noon with Dr. Frank Lewis, pastor of First Baptist Church, Nashville, officiating. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts for us all on her behalf.
Much love, Jeanine & Bill Walker
We sent a letter with our condolences and our warmest sympathy Bill and Jeannie. Bill Walker was hired by Jim Reeves and arrived in America on the day that Jim Reeves was killed in an airplane accident, July 31st, 1964.
7 MAY 2014
DID YOU KNOW THAT LEO JACKSON WAS ONE OF THE PRESIDENTS OF THE JIM REEVES FAN CLUB IN 1958?
to read about it - clickhere
4 MAY 2014
LEO JACKSON REMEMBERED
Leo Jackson died 6 years ago today. A floral tribute from the fan club has been put on his grave.
Please click here to read about it
29 APRIL 2014
DID YOU KNOW BY JUNE 1953, MITCHELL TOROK'S COMPOSITION OF "MEXICAN JOE" HAD BEEN RECORDED BY 8 DIFFERENT ARTISTS?
to read about it - click here
23 APRIL 2014
DID YOU KNOW THAT AN AMERICAN RADIO INDUSTRY MAGAZINE WITH A FOCUS ON ADVERTISING PUBLISHED ARTICLES ABOUT THE ABN LIVE AMERICAN RADIO PROGRAMS?
In 1957, the magazine SPONSOR published a few articles about the ABN LIVE AMERICAN radio programs. The JIM REEVES SHOW was one of the programs featured.
to read about it - click here
17 APRIL 2014
DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES SANG A MEDLEY OF SONGS IN AFRIKAANS DURING A CONCERT IN THE NETHERLANDS 50 YEARS AGO?
Fifty years ago, on Friday April 17, 1964, Jim Reeves performed twice for an
enthusiastic audience in The Netherlands, and even sang a medley of songs in
to read about it - click here
5 APRIL 2014
COUNTRY GUITARIST ARTHUR SMITH DIES AT 93
Country music guitarist
Arthur Smith has died at age 93 on April 3. He was one of the most influential
guitarplayers in country and early rock 'n' roll and was nicknamed Arthur
"Guitar Boogie" Smith after the title of his breakthrough tune. He found fame
with his 1948 single "Guitar Boogie" and enjoyed other hits including "Feudin'
Banjos" in 1955. In 1972 the song was renamed "Dueling Banjos" for the movie
"Deliverance" by Warner Brothers, Arthur sued them and won substantial
In Liverpool in 1957, a young Paul McCartney played "Guitar Boogie" during his first concert with The Quarrymen, who went on to become The Beatles.
WBTV ran ´THE ARTHUR SMITH SHOW´ on television for 32 years. The show was syndicated across the US.
In October 1966 the DOT record label released the album "The Arthur Smith Show presents a Tribute to Jim Reeves." It had been recorded in the Arthur Smith Recording Studios, 5457 Old Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC., and contains 12 tracks, but only 6 of these were Jim Reeves' tributes.
Pictures of the front and rear cover can be viewed here
A comprehensive obituary is published in the Charlotte Observer
31 MARCH 2014
IN 1982 THE FANS IN EUROPE GOT A TREAT
In November of 1982 Jim Reeves fans in great Britain ( and the rest of Europe) got a Christmas surprise. Five until then unissued ABBOTT tracks by Jim Reeves were released by RCA on the LP album THE ABBOTT RECORDINGS, Volume 2.
to read about it - click here
22 MARCH 2014
50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE APRIL 1964 RCA EUROPEAN TOUR
Bear Family is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the April 1964 RCA European tour by Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, and The Anita Kerr Singers with the re-promotion of the "NASHVILLE STARS ON TOUR" CD/DVD boxed set.
to read about it - click here
15 MARCH 2014
DID YOU KNOW THAT MEMBERS OF BOTH BRITISH FAN CLUBS COULD ORDER A SET OF SMALL SIZED JIM REEVES PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE LATE 1960's?
to read about it - click here
11 MARCH 2014
SEARING AMAZON REVIEW TEARS APART THE 'UNTOLD STORY'
After 2 & 1/2 years, at last
an honest review on Amazon from someone brave enough to uphold the long held
views of David Bussey on the unnecessary seamier parts of the book "Jim Reeves -
His Untold Story."
Comac "wonder boy" Texas bravely puts himself in the firing line by formulating a lengthy unfavourable critique of the book. Criticism is a word the author always chooses to ridicule or ignore, and he will find it very hard to squirm his way out of all this.
to read the review - click here
3 MARCH 2014
DID YOU KNOW ON APRIL 21, 1961 JIM REEVES' MUSIC WAS PLAYED FOR 14 MINUTES ON A DUTCH NEW GUINEA RADIO PROGRAM?
to read about it - click here
26 FEBRUARY 2014
JD MICALS "STUDIO B- THE B SIDE" CD ALBUM - A JIM REEVES TRIBUTE?
Recently JD Micals released
a 13 track album of high Jim Reeves content. The singer himself reported "this
new CD is not meant to be a tribute CD to Jim, but , just songs that happened to
have been recorded in Studio B, and not all were recorded in RCA 's Studio B.
Jim Reeves has been a big part of his life and he will always hold dear some of
the memories and photo's he has of this great man".
Lani Arnold, Jim's niece whose support and guidance helped to make this project a reality. Joyce Jackson, Jim and Mary's secretary supported with her knowledge.
17 FEBRUARY 2014
DID YOU KNOW JIM REEVES FEATURED ON A PRIVATE REFERENCE ALBUM?
to read about it - click here
12 FEBRUARY 2014
JIM REEVES CELEBRITIES ON FACEBOOK
For those fans who are searching for postings by Jim Reeves celebrities who don't post on forums any more, we have good news. Joyce Jackson, once Jim's secretary, and Lani Arnold, Jim's niece, can be found on Facebook, the largest social media platform.
On Joyce's Facebook account one can find some rare Jim Reeves pictures, including one of Jim Reeves and Joyce standing backstage at the Opry.
Joyce has been promoting Jim
Reeves memory almost from the day Jim got killed. Of all the people who knew Jim
Reeves during his life, she is the one who has written the longest piece of
history on him in book form. She once was married to Jim's lead guitar
player Leo Jackson and she has officially a daughter by Leo, named Joy.
We sincerely hope that Joyce will continue to promote Jim's memory for many more years.
8 FEBRUARY 2014
THE STRAW MAN
POSTING, A DISCLAIMER & A FINAL WORD TO HIS LORDSHIP
To read it - click here
6 FEBRUARY 2014
LEO JACKSON ON MY WEBSITE AND SOME RUMOURS ELSEWHERE
I was informed that on the Jim Reeves Forum there was a message that Leo Jackson's family had asked me to remove Leo's name from my website.
I checked my correspondence and tape recordings with Mrs. Jackson, but have not found any request by the family. Jim Reeves fans should not believe everything they read.
Leo Jackson was a very strong supporter of the Jim Reeves Fan Club and indeed endorsed the fan club and website. The 'ASK LEO JACKSON' section is still very popular with visitors. Do I sense jealousy ?
I've got a large number of recorded interviews with Leo about Jim Reeves and the then current fan scene. Some content I have used and some I will use in future issues of the magazine or website. I wonder if it was ever disclosed just who of the Reeves Family supported the Jim Reeves Way website/forum, and why, and by whose authority it was suddenly removed?
Leo may have initially been a friend and helped him when Mr. Jordan started to work on his book. He trusted him and foolishly opened up, giving him personal information he shouldn't have done. Mr. Jordan's tapes will confirm this.
However, I hate to have to
inform everyone, but after a few years Leo Jackson saw the author for what he
really was, and at the end of his life had nothing but contempt for him and even
HATED him. I have it on tape when he tells exactly what he thinks of him after
some of his antics (plus expletives.) I wonder if he would exchange that
recording for the one he has ( illegally according to Mr. Bussey) on his blog of
Mr. Bussey? It's much more exciting & revealing! I can spare that recording
since I have a few more similar ones by Leo.
4 FEBRUARY 2014
POSITIVE REACTIONS TO "THE STRAWMAN"
We have received quite a few
positive reactions to the "Strawman" posting from both Europe and the USA, since
we put it on.
The "Great Jim Reeves Story Teller" might be surprised to learn that there are even a few contributors to his tome who agree with the content of the posting, but of course wish to remain anonymous for fear of incurring his incrimination & wrath. Maybe they contributed more personal stories than they intended.
The "GJRST" got it very wrong yet again. The writer was NOT David Bussey!! The "GJRST"s pathetic hootings were totally irrelevant!! I suspect the "GJRST" is suffering from enosiophobia - an excessive fear of criticism, the poor fella. Get your tablets close at hand, fella, there's more criticism to come your way.
2 FEBRUARY 2014
MIKE STREISSGUTH WAS GUEST ON TENNESSEAN PUBLIC TELEVISION PROGRAM
On November 10, 2013,
Tennessee public television aired the program "A Word On Words". It was hosted
by John Siegenthaler. Siegenthaler's guest was Mike Streissguth who was talking
about his latest book on the Outlaw movement in country music. The program was
repeated a week ago.
Each week, John Seigenthaler sits down with acclaimed authors who discuss their latest literary works.
John Siegenthaler was a journalist who worked for "THE NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN" till 1960, to serve as an administrative assistant to incoming Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy , to return to the newspaper after a brief period.
John Siegenthaler's wife is Dolores Watson, who was a featured vocalist on the ABN The Jim Reeves Show. She was prominently featured in the chapter about the ABN radio show in "Jim Reeves - The Untold Story". We could not discover in the "A Word on Words" archive a podcast which featured the author of that book.
One can listen to the program here.
To read more about Mr. and Mrs. Seigenthaler - click here.
30 JANUARY 2014
GERMAN SINGER FRED BERTELMANN DIED AT THE AGE OF 88
Fred Bertelmann died at the
age of 88 in the little village of Berg in Bavaria on January 22.
He scored a million seller in the Fifties with the German adaptation of "GAMBLER'S GUITAR" called "DER LACHENDE VAGABUND".
In 1966 he released the
German version of DISTANT DRUMS called DIE TROMMEL RUFT.
28 JANUARY 2014
ANOTHER WINNER FROM MIKE STREISSGUTH
Another winner is guaranteed for author Mike Streissguth whose 8th book "Outlaw - Waylon, Willie, Kris, & the Renegades of Nashville" was published in hardback in 2013 by Itbooks, an imprint of Harper Collins.
to read more about it - click here
27 JANUARY 2014
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS PICTURE?
to read about it - click here
25 JANUARY 2014
CHARLEY PRIDE PERFORMED "WELCOME TO MY WORLD" AT THE 'GRAND OLE OPRY' LAST NIGHT
Charlie Pride performed “Welcome To My World” on stage of the old Ryman Auditorium at the last slot of the Friday Opry show, last night. It marks the 50 anniversary of the original release of “Welcome To My World”, in the United States, by the great Jim Reeves. Bette Winkler Hodges, daughter of Ray Winkler, one of the co-writers of the song, was in the audience.
For those who could not listen to the broadcast, it will be available in the archives section of wsmonline.com soon.
24 JANUARY 2014
DID YOU KNOW THAT RAY WINKLER, CO-WRITER OF "WELCOME TO MY WORLD" RELEASED A TRIBUTE SINGLE TO JIM IN 1970 ON THE STARTIME LABEL? HE WROTE TO DAVID BUSSEY AT THE TIME SEEKING ASSISTANCE.
to read about it - click
22 JANUARY 2014
"50 YEAR" RECOGNITION OF THE COUNTRY
MUSIC STANDARD "WELCOME TO MY WORLD"- CELEBRATION AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY ON
JANUARY 24, 2014
January 2014 marks 50 years since the original release of “Welcome To My World”, in the United States, by the great Jim Reeves. The recognition is being held at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, January 24th, with Charley Pride performing “Welcome To My World”. Mr. Pride released “Welcome To My World” on his “A Tribute To Jim Reeves” CD.
Charley Pride will be performing at the 8.45 PM. to 9.15 PM. CST (3.45 AM. to 4.15 AM. CET) slot. The Grand Ole Opry show will be streamed on the internet .
To read the press release about it - click here
20 JANUARY 2014
ANOTHER STRAW MAN
ARGUMENT FROM LARRY JORDAN
Larry Jordan, with help from some
of his friends, is making another of his straw man arguments on his Jim
Reeves Way website.
He's superficially defending Jim's sexual dalliances, saying no one is perfect, many celebrities did the same thing, etc., etc.
But the problem with the dozens of sexual references in Jim Reeves His Untold Story is not the extreme over emphasis on sex (Jordan even shockingly refers to the size of Reeves penis!), but something which actually falls on Jordan and not on Reeves.
And that is the fact that Jordan did not have to tell every little sexual story, anecdote, or rumor he collected on Reeves. He could have made his case briefly, by presenting some facts, and then moved on. He did not have to say something about sex on just about every other page in every chapter. It makes one wonder just who was obsessed with sex.
There is at least one historical precedent for not telling everything which has been learned or rumored about a public figure. Throughout his presidency, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's polio paralysis was known by every reporter who covered The White House, but they chose not to publicize it. They knew, but those who had the information and could have reported it decided instead to respect FDR, and even protect him, apparently because his condition was unrelated to his job.
Jordan might be feeling some heat from various places because of all the sexual smut he included in the book, and so he's employing the old tactic of using a straw man. Instead of defending his use of sex and more sex in his book, he's diverting the attention away from himself and placing it on Jim.
Jordan did not have to tell everything he knew, simply because he had the information. He could have followed the example of the White House reporters: he could have respected, perhaps even protected, the person he knew so much about. Jim's sexual escapades had nothing to do with using that wonderful voice and talent for recording and performing his music.After all, Jim Reeves is famous because he was a great singer, not because he had sex with women who were not his wife.
But Jordan chose to do what he did. He put in his book some kind of sexual reference again and again whether it was necessary to telling the story or not. But you will not see the vast majority of those sexual references in his so-called "index". The index is quite incomplete for that reason alone. It likely was selective exclusion.
Because he continues to market the books and related materials, it must be assumed that his main motivation is profit.
And, unfortunately, that old entertainment maxim is still true for those wishing to make a dollar: sex sells.
19 JANUARY 2014
Grand Ole Opry
photographer from 1960 until he retired in 1992, informed me that his
wife Dot, who has been into dementia for close to two years, has had a
downward turn and apparently has only a very short time left.
16 JANUARY 2014
DID YOU KNOW A YOUNG FAN NAMED JACKIE JOHNSON MET JIM ON SEPTEMBER 22ND 1956 AT THE ROGUE VALLEY BALLROOM, MEDFORD, OREGON?
to read about it - click here
13 JANUARY 2014
Dutch singer Hans Sommer, whose natural voice sounds very much like Jim Reeves, recently recorded a self composed song at his home studio, and put it on Youtube. Hans, together with his two brothers, formed the band Sommerset in the 1970's, and their recording of "WE JIM REMEMBER JIM " was very popular in Europe at the time, making it into the Dutch record charts. After the band disbanded, Hans recorded a CD album titled "DE RIJMELAAR", which contained 15 Jim Reeves songs freely translated into Dutch.
11 JANUARY 2014
Al Grant has included quite a few Jim
Reeves songs on his CD albums, among them the DVD/2CD release "Welcome to
my world". A recent publicity notice reads:
"As 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of
the death of great Jim Reeves Al presents an unique insight into the Life and
Times of Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of Jim Reeves classic 'Hit' songs.
With narration and Video screen footage it will be an evening of Song and Story.
Renowned for his classic interpretation of Jim Reeves songs with unerring
similarity to the voice of the 'Great Man' this promises to be one of the
concerts of the year. Al is backed by a band which includes some of Ireland's
finest musicians and special guest on the night will be renowned
singer/songwriter Isla Grant."
Al Grant will be performing at 17 venues in Ireland between February13th till March 10th.
For more details, please click here
9 JANUARY 2014
DID YOU KNOW JIM WROTE A SHORT ARTICLE FOR THE NOVEMBER 10TH 1962 ISSUE OF THE "MUSIC VENDOR" MAGAZINE?
7 JANUARY 2014
article corrected on 9 January 2014
DID YOU KNOW A REPORT IN NASHVILLE'S "MUSIC REPORTER" OF 23RD NOVEMBER 1963 REVEALED JIM REEVES WAS "IN AN ADVANCED COURSE ON HOW TO FLY AN AIRPLANE."
To read about it - click here
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