'Jim (Gentleman-Jim) Reeves' certainly one of 'The all Time Greats'
His music landed somewhere between 'Country and Pop' which made him a favourite
with old and young alike, I remember my parents liking his music, which at the time
wasn't in truth what i wanted to hear, because I too liked many of his songs.
'Jim's early material charted in the 'American' country charts way back in 1953 with
two number one hits.....'Mexican Joe' (1953) 'Bimbo' (1954) the latter included among
the track list on this album.
He broke into both the U.K and U.S (Billboard) charts in 1959 with 'He'll Have to Go'
though having many hits both sides of the 'Atlantic' he only had the one number '1' here
in the U.K which was 'Distant Drums' (1966) in the U.S he had eleven number 'i's in
the 'Country' charts, however his highest in the Billboard was 'He'll Have to Go' (number
This CD- 'The Best of Jim Reeves' contains all his U.K top ten successes along with many
that made the Top 40.
I'd have to say, for me this ii would call an 'Easy Listening' experience well worth visiting
now and then.
Among some of the great numbers included on this collection....'Welcome to My World' ...
'Distant Drums'....'I Won't Forget You'....'I Love You Because'....'There's a Heartache
Following Me'....'He'll Have To Go'....'Guilty'....'But You Love Me Daddy'....and....'Have I
Told You Lately That I Love You'......some of the truly memorable numbers on board.
This album is a great reflection of the music 'Jim Reeves' gave us.
Sadly, whilst piloting a light aircraft over 'Brentwood' 'Tennessee' he ran into a violent
thunderstorm, 'July 31st 1964' he and all on board perished....he was just 42 years old.
He was at the height of his popularity, his music continued to chart after his death, as
with so many of yesterday's 'True Greats' his music remains 'The Legacy' to many lives on.