Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Here Are Some Facts About Jim Reeves, The Voice Of The Nashville Sound

Jim Reeves Facts
by

With his smooth, warm baritone voice, Jim Reeves was not only one of the world’s most popular stars to emerge from the Nashville sound, but he was also one of the best and the most fascinating. The sweet country music and country-flavored pop music he produced helped boost country music to new commercial heights.

So, today, let’s celebrate Jim Reeves‘ life and career with these facts. Check them out below.

1. He’s a native of Galloway, Texas. 

Born James Travis Reeves on August 20, 1923, the country singer was the youngest of nine children. The big family was raised by his mother by working in the fields – with his older brothers forced to leave school to help support the family – when his father died when Reeves was only ten months old.

2. He developed an interest in country music at an early age. 

Reeves received his first guitar when he was five years old. However, it had missing strings. Luckily, an oil construction worker fixed it up and even taught him some basic chords. Jimmie Rodgers‘ songs were some of his inspirations.

3. He tried to pursue a professional baseball career. 

Reeves was a talented athlete. He was a pitcher on his team at Carthage High School. After graduating, he earned an athletic scholarship and played at the University of Texas – where he studied speech and drama. However, he dropped out after six weeks. Eventually, Reeves joined minor league teams in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Sadly, a leg injury that did not heal properly ended Reeves’s baseball career.

4. His wife encouraged him to pursue his interest in music. 

In 1947, Reeves married school teacher Mary White – who encouraged him to sing as an amateur in the area. So, you could say she’s the woman behind Reeve’s success. Even after Reeves’ death, she managed the country singer’s posthumous career.

5. He wore a toupee. 

Many fans may not have known, but Reeves got himself a toupee. During his first appearance at The Grand Ole Opry in the early 1950s, his receding hairline was already noticeable. So, his manager discussed it with him to wear a toupee, which he wore ever after. This fact was kept a secret for many years that even Reeves’ wife once sued an overseas magazine for reporting it.

6. He didn’t like the accordion. 

According to Chet Atkins, Reeves disliked the accordion so much that the musical instrument appears on only one song he ever recorded: “The Merry Christmas Polka.” Atkins managed to convince Reeves that the song wouldn’t be a polka without an accordion.

Although Reeves’ death was untimely, it did not mean the end of his career. Even more than fifteen years after the plane crash that killed him, Jim Reeves songs continued to chart. He achieved posthumous chart success that no other singer in the history of recorded music has accomplished. His popular velvet voice soared through the history of country music. 

Latest Stories

Charley Pride + Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray?: A Timeless Gospel Song by Charley Pride

In 1971, Charley Pride took a big step in his career when he released his first gospel song, “Did You Think to Pray,” as part of his album of the ...

Alabama + Tennessee River

“Tennessee River”: The Song That Launched Alabama’s Country Reign

In 1980, the American country music band Alabama released the chart-topping song titled “Tennessee River” as part of their album, My Home’s in Alabama. Upon the song’s release, it immediately ...

Waylon Jennings' Controversial Exit from We Are The World Recording Session

“No Good Ol’ Boy Sings in Swahili”: Waylon Jennings’ Exit from “We Are the World”

In January 1985, a supergroup of 46 of the biggest music artists of the time, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Billy Joel, as well as country stars Ray Charles, ...

Zach Bryan + Pink Skies

Zach Bryan’s “Pink Skies” Explores Loss and Love

Country music singer-songwriter Zach Bryan released “Pink Skies” as part of his album of the same title. It immediately became the talk of the town because of the (definitely not ...

Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin'

Hank Williams’ Relatable Charm in “Hey, Good Lookin’” 

When Hank Williams arrived in 1949 in Nashville, he didn’t wait long to become one of the biggest stars in country music. A year later until 1951, he enjoyed the ...

Cavendish Beach Musical Festival 2024

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:July 5-7, 2024Venue:Route 6 Ranch in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, CanadaPerformers Include:Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Zac Brown Band, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here ...

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic 2024

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2024Festival Duration:July 4, 2024Venue:Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, New JerseyPerformers Include:Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and moreTicket Information:Get Your ...

Travis Tritt + Help Me Hold On

Travis Tritt Begs His Lover For One More Chance In “Help Me Hold On”

Country singer Travis Tritt scored his first number-one hit with his second release from his 1990 debut album Country Club titled “Help Me Hold On.” He co-wrote it with accomplished ...

Carrie Underwood Falls Off Stage on Tail End of South Carolina Concert

Carrie Underwood Rocks Carolina Country Music Fest Despite Rain

Country singer Carrie Underwood graced the last day stage of the Carolina Country Music Fest 2024 in Myrtle Beach and delivered one hell of a performance despite the massive downpour. ...

Billy Ray Cyrus Files for Divorce from Firerose, Seeks Annulment on Grounds of Fraud

Billy Ray Cyrus Files for Divorce from Firerose, Cites Fraud

American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus reached a breaking point with Australian singer Firerose just after seven months of marriage. According to court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Billy ...