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Jim Reeves

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James Travis “Jim” 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). Reeves scored his greatest success with the Joe Allison composition “He’ll Have to Go”. Known as “Gentleman Jim”, his songs continued to chart for years after his death. Reeves died at age 40 in the crash of a private airplane. He is a member of both the Country Music and Texas Country Music Halls of Fame.

Reeves was born in Galloway, Texas, a small rural community near Carthage. 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.

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.

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  • Patiomkin

    Christmas coming = more listeners at last.fm

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • doneves

    Fantastic singer with so many beautiful, romantic songs. Miss him a lot

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • batinlinda

    Love From Indonesia

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mudugamuwa

    jim reeves never forggotten.....his golden voice soothing me always

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • VASINGER

    I'll take Jim Reeves any day over Johnny Cash!

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • pearlgray

    always good to hear jim

    19 Nov 2010 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    A memorable and great singer , sadly missed but he left a great many good songs

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Archie38

    the 40's ?

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • algenon50

    adios amigo............ i chose this to be played at my dads funeral service 27/8/09............................love you dad....xx

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • zucchin

    that advert is a classic tho...

    12 Dec 2009 Reply
  • thailandsongs

    Jim Reeves is the best one of the songs artists of the world that I like.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Hishmacla

    This guy is one of my Dad's all time favourites - I never really listened to him until now, all cos of an advert I hate to say! Caramel more than velvet...

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Kanixtant

    Don't got no money, don't got no woes...

    30 Jun 2009 Reply
  • marcelodylan

    Dancin', romancin', Always on the go, Sun shinin' down on Mexican Joe

    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    This is "Real Country" not that country copy cat songs we hear today. What ever happened to be your own voice, not someone else's . The new artists , while having very good voices tend to mimic someone else. Warbling in excess is NOT Country! Jim Reeves was a true Classic. Makes your Heart Melt!!!!!!

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bigfanofmusic

    The very best of classic country including 'Gentleman' Jim can be found in this group Country from the 50s & 60s The rest doesn't matter since they are clearly confused on what is real country and what isn't.

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • BluesRok

    Feel free to check and join the Country Artist of the Week group. Members vote for their favorite country artists to become the group's "Country Artist of the Week".

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
  • PandaGetSad

    worst song i've ever heard

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • raymond07

    great voice true gentleman sadly missed

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • airevac40

    My folks hooked me on country watching them dance together...

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
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