Jim Reeves - My Friend (RCA Victor) 1972
James Travis Reeves was a man of many talents and always strived to be the best. Like any young Texas boy he was strong and athletic and if it wasn't for injury, he would have stuck with baseball and ended up pitching for St. Louis Cardinals.
The man known as the practitioner of the Nashville Sound and often called "Gentleman Jim" was born in Galloway, Texas.
He worked for a radio station in Gladewater, Texas and would sing until closing time at a local club, and then sleep on a couch in the lobby at the station for fear of not waking in time to sign the station the next morning.
Jim was even popular outside of the USA in countries as far as Britian, Ireland, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa, where he toured and recorded "Geboorteplaasie" - an Afrikaans song written by South African Actor/Musician/Songwriter Taffy Kikillus. The song is about a man longing to go back to the farm where he was born.
Worldwide hits like "He'll Have To Go", "Mexican Joe", "Bimbo" were just as popular as his Christmas songs which can still be heard during the festive season everywhere in Sri Lanka.
In 1962, a plane that Jim Reeves was taking home from South Africa encountered turbulence. It was then he decided to get his pilots license. He took lessons and ended up getting his license and small plane to travel in on tours. Everything went fine until one fateful night in July 1964 as he was flying to Nashville in a violent thunderstorm with his business partner/manager Dean Manuel his plane crashed and killed both passengers on impact.
In the Texas Country Music Hall of fame, there is a Jim Reeves memorial with an inscription that reads:
"If I, a lowly singer, dry one tear, or soothe one humble heart in pain, then my homely verse to God is dear, and not one stanza has been sung in vain"
My favourite track (on this record): Geboorteplaasie (the song playing on this post)
Dedicated to my good friend @ohmyfiji
and her Dad, William Toganivalu 💚
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