Re: New BGO release
Posted by Larry Jordan on October 10, 2016, 2:44 pm, in reply to "New BGO release "
As I predicted Paul, but some people didn't want to believe me. |
However, I will say this: I thought the liner notes, by John O'Regan, were better than most. He made an earnest attempt to tell Jim's story (to supplement the original liner notes that are reproduced off the LP releases).
In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find he quoted me extensively, set the record straight about the plane crash (based on my book), and even credited VoiceMasters for having released a lot of new material on Reeves.
So thank you Mr. O'Regan. I was unaware he was going to do that but obviously he has done his homework.
A few things were in error, but it wasn't the writer's fault. He cited a Chet Atkins quote that Jim wanted to be a TENOR, which is preposterous. Mary Reeves told me the first time we met many years ago that Jim was frustrated by having to sing in a higher key but that sometimes when you start out, you have to do what your bosses tell you to do -- and that was the case with Jim. Chet had nothing to do with Reeves developing the more intimate, crooning style he adopted; Bea Terry is the "woman behind the man," as I explain in my book, "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story." Chet didn't even back Jim when Reeves got into an argument with an engineer who insisted he stand several feet away from the microphone instead of getting up close, like Jim wanted to do. Eventually when the engineer left, Jim got his way.
I had noticed a big surge in my book sales lately and I surmise it's due to the mention in the liner notes of this CD. So thank you BGO!