JohnRexReeves.com/Jim Reeves Family Tribute
[ JohnRexReeves.com/Jim Reeves Family Tribute ]
On the occasion of Jim's 50th Anniversary of being gone
Posted by John Rex on 8/12/2014, 5:54 pm
Jim Reeves was my uncle, and he and Chet Atkins and the A-Team at RCA produced timeless recordings for music lovers all over the world. When Jim died on July 31st, 1964, RCA sent me the Jim Reeves catalog on 33 RPM records. Being an artist myself, I know the feeling of joy when people respond to my songs. Knowing Jim, he felt the same way. During the 50 years since his passing, Jim’s recordings have been mixed, matched and released and re-released until many fans have asked me why. They already have the Jim Reeves originals, so I can understand their mixed feelings about those who chose to re-do the originals in the pretense of giving the fans something new and fresh. My personal 50th Anniversary CD is done with my own arrangements and out of my love for Jim. It is my own presentation of a few of his songs to include the introduction song that I wrote, “Remembering Jim Reeves”.
There will never be another Jim Reeves, Chet Atkins and Nashville A-Team of musicians that will capture the pure sound of Jim’s original recordings. I would never choose to re-touch a Rembrandt painting. Not being a painter, I would feel very strange doing so. Let others choose to do what they wish to, but the original of anything is the one that lasts forever.
Great country music is a Reeves family tradition.
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