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Jim Reeves

  • Original Name James Travis
  • Birth 20 Aug 1923 Galloway, Jefferson County, Texas, USA
  • Death 31 Jul 1964 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Carthage, Panola County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 1698

Nicknamed "Gentleman Jim," he was one of the great voices in music. His aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player ended due to an ankle injury so he turned to singing and working as a disc jockey for KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana, the home of the Louisiana Hayride. His breakthrough single came in 1953 with a song called Mexican Joe. That same year he officially joined the cast of the Louisiana Hayride and in 1955 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He made the transition to romantic balladeer with such classic country songs as "Am I Losing You," "Four Walls," "Blue Boy," and "He'll Have To Go." He also toured extensively throughout the world making him one of the first country western artists to achieve international stardom. On July 31, 1964, the single engine plane he was piloting crashed in heavy rain near Nashville, Tennessee killing Jim and a fellow musician. The hit records continued posthumously with songs such as "Is It Really Over," "Blue Side of Lonesome," and "Missing You," which only added to his legacy as one of the greatest balladeers of all-time. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967.

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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.





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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1698
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jim Reeves (20 Aug 1923–31 Jul 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1698, citing Jim Reeves Memorial Park, Carthage, Panola County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .