Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 7:49
91st Death Anniversary of "Gentleman Jim"
Today, the late American country and popular music singer and songwriter Jim Reeves celebrates his 91st Birthday.
James Travis popularly known as Jim Reeves, or even Gentlemen Jim, was born on the 20th of August 1923, and died on the 31st of July 1964, in a plane crash, when he was only 40 years of age.
With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, "Gentleman Jim’s songs continued to chart for years after his death.
Reeves' first successful country music songs included "I Love You”, "Mexican Joe", and "Bimbo" which reached Number 1 in 1954 on the U.S. Country Charts, and other songs with both Fabor Records and Abbott Records.
Reeves was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame during 1967, which honored him by saying, I quote: "The velvet style of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves' was an international influence. His rich voice brought millions of new fans to country music from every corner of the world. Although the crash of his private airplane took his life, posterity will keep his name alive because they will remember him as one of country music's most important performers." Unquote.