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Jim Reeves: His Untold Story

Jim Reeves: His Untold Story [Kindle Edition]

Larry Jordan
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Velvet-voiced Jim Reeves was not only one of the world's most popular (and enduring) recording stars, he was one of the most fascinating. Now, in this truly intimate and scrupulously well-researched biography, (the Kindle version the equivalent of the 672-page printed book), author Larry Jordan sets the record straight, dispelling rumors and misinformation that have swirled around Reeves for decades. More than 11 years in the writing, this riveting bio is based on hundreds of interviews with the people who knew Jim best, as well as his personal diaries and private correspondence. Jordan's brisk, though richly detailed narrative style tells an engrossing story, taking you virtually day by day through Jim's life. There are many intriguing - even explosive - revelations here, in a portrait that is honest, though sometimes painful; poignant, yet full of good humor. More than 150 rare photos depict the private as well as public side of the unforgettable "Gentleman Jim." "Country Music People" magazine says "rarely can a book have been as eagerly awaited as Larry Jordan's 'Jim Reeves: His Untold Story...'" Billboard reports "Though the author is a Reeves fan, he didn't put the singer on a pedestal... The book is a balanced account of Reeves' life and career..." The chairman of the Belmont Award, says "I believe this book could be in the major leagues with [Pulitizer Prize winners]. It is an excellent biography..." Winner of a prestigious Hollywood Book Award. Also order the NEW companion 2-CD 144-minute documentary called "JIM REEVES: THE NEW RECORDINGS," (based on the book) featuring 42 songs by Jim, including 20 NEW overdubs of RCA masters fans have not heard before, NEW unreleased songs, NEW interviews with Jim, plus comments by the author. (Total 86 tracks). To order it, just search Amazon by typing in the ASIN #, which is "B008YO11H0" or search by the title, "JIM REEVES: THE NEW RECORDINGS."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9034 KB
  • Print Length: 675 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615524303
  • Publisher: Page Turner Books International, LLC; 1 edition (21 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006P5SFKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Larry Jordan began writing professionally when he was only 15, and has worked as a speech writer, fundraiser and political consultant in three Congressional campaigns. Since 1992 he has been the editor and publisher of Midwest Today, a glossy regional magazine. For the past 14 years, Jordan has also produced a weekly radio show heard on 52 stations across ten states. His work has been widely quoted, including by ABC radio, CBS-TV, BBC-TV, Family Circle, Soap Opera Digest, Catholic Digest, and a multitude of other media around the world. He has been praised by respected journalists ranging from Tom Brokaw to Walter Cronkite, and political figures like President Bill Clinton, who called his writing "very impressive." In 2003, Jordan launched an indie label, VoiceMasters, which has issued CDs featuring previously unreleased recordings by Jim Reeves, with plans for other artists as well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Reeves - many unknown facts now told! 14 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
(This is a review of the paperback book).

Eagerly awaited, Larry Jordan's life of Jim Reeves instantly reveals why it has taken over ten years to complete. A massive tome of 658 pages, it has been painstakingly researched with information stemmed from countless diaries, letters, consumer and trade clippings, personal memories and recollections, interviews and other reference sources in order to create the most complete portrait of this iconic artist ever.

With so much information available - and much revealed for the first time - it is inevitable that the darker side of Reeves' character would be uncovered alongside the popular image. The biggest revelation is that the singer had a long relationship with Hollywood pr Bea Terry, a woman who was not only a lover but also a mentor, convincing him to change his singing style from raw-edged hillbilly singer to smooth crooner. She also helped pick his songs and create his network radio show, secured him tv appearances and set him on his first foreign tour in 1954. But Ms. Terry was only one of the many women in Reeves' life: there were others throughout the USA and even one in Germany whom he met while touring. It becomes obvious that he had an open marriage as his wife Mary (who was to meticulously ensure that his music lived on long after the singer's tragic death) also enjoyed her own liaisons.

Away from these previously undisclosed aspects of Jim Reeves - told strictly in an unsensational, non-tabloid manner - the book recounts the singer's life in a chronological, almost day-by-day manner, beginning with a family history and early years where ambition flitted between baseball and music, until a leg injury put paid to the former.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the untold told!! 26 Dec 2011
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I first came across the velvet voice of Jim Reeves as a very ill, eleven year old boy and had to stay with my Grandmother as both parents worked, my Gran had a record player so took some records with me, but looked thru her collection and found about 15 Jim Reeves records, put on Gentleman Jim and from that moment was have nearly every CD available, love the voice.
it was nice to get this book and to read it, because, it humanises the pictures on the albums, this is a man, as they say, warts and all, i love Mr Jordans use of all text and interviews available, you get both sides of the story, if you were to ask my Ex-Wife about me, she will tell you a different story than say my wife now and that is what is great about this book, nothing has been left out, it does not paint Jim as a golden voiced saint who did no wrong and had no enemies, this book tells you about the golden voiced MAN, jim was.
it is great the way Mr Jordan has set the book to a time line, so you get it in order not flying all over the place, it also gives you insight into why he recorded some songs and not others, a look at some myths about,his life, his recordings and his relationship, with the equally legendary Chet Atkins.
If you love the Music of this great man, Jim Reeves, then get this, you won't be disappointed, I wasn't, a highly recommended read.
well done Larry Jordan.Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Reeves his untold story 25 Dec 2011
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Well the long awaited Jim Reeves biography was well worth the wait! It is incredibly well researched and Larry Jordan is to be congratulated on his labour of love. If you want to learn all you can about Jim Reeves the entertainer and person then this has got to be THE place to go. It's likely to contain more than a few surprises for you too!
I think there are several other books which could be developed from here - one about the writing of this book as that must have been a journey all in itself and then what about the twins?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful thanks to Larry Jordan 20 Mar 2013
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I've loved the voice of Jim Reeves since I was 14 years old, and I still remember my sadness at the time of his death in 1964, when I was 16. I acquired every album and every piece of information available on the singer in the sixties, which of course pales in comparison to what can be sourced today on the internet. Since these early days, I've developed as a musician of sorts, performing jazz, blues, pop, gospel, even country music. But I keep coming back to Jim Reeves and his astonishingly complete voice - a performer who started off average but became great due to his own dedication and attitude. I now realize that the pedestal on which I placed Jim Reeves nearly 50 years ago was as innocent as the trust placed on certain members of the clergy in these days. Jim Reeves was clearly a ladies' man through and through (and he seems to have got through literally hundreds). Perhaps all true artists have to be flawed to produce great music.

So be it. All Jim Reeves fans throughout the world with a molecule of intelligence owe Larry Jordan an enormous debt of gratitude for his colossal efforts in getting to the truth of this cathartic artist. A few references are made in the book to Michael Streussgurth's earlier book who seems to be regarded by many as a charlatan whose book did a hatchet job on Jim Reeves. Through meticulous research and sheer bloody determination in the face of some Reeves fans of disturbingly questionable intelligence, the brilliant Larry Jordan has brought the man's spirit to life. He has put Jim Reeves' story to bed and no mistake.

I can understand why some might consider the detail to be overly pedantic.
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Brough this for my husband and he enjoyed it very much. this book was well written and he has recommed it to his friends
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Finally and sadly I have finished reading, Jim Reeves, His Untold Story.
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Published on 7 Mar 2012 by knightman
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely everything you wanted to know about Jim Reeves
I bought this book from in the US, as a Christmas present for my brother -in -law, who has been a Jim Reeves fan for nearly 50 years. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2012 by Jeepster2
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I bought this in hardback from the USA as a Christmas present for my Dad who has been a Jim Reeves fan since the beginning. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by ajbarrett
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