The web is rife tonight with tributes to Jim Ed Brown from people calling him a "great man." It's nice to remember people fondly when they leave this earthly scene, but we all leave a legacy, for good or bad. There is no point in rewriting history IF you are interested in the TRUTH.
A lot of people aren't. They cling to myths because there is safety there. That is not a mature approach to living.
Court testimony established the fact that Jim Ed was on Mr. Gregory's payroll, close associates of mine have told me of witnessing conversations between the two men, Wilma Burgess was furious that when she went to retrieve her personal and career possessions from Mary's warehouse (after Mary became ill), they had been quickly removed -- after she called Jim Ed to make arrangements to have a truck pick them up.
Jim Ed ended up with Jim Reeves' guns because Gregory, as a convicted felon, couldn't own firearms.
There is much to the Jim Ed saga that people in Nashville KNOW, and they are "putting on airs" when they pretend otherwise.
Ask members of the Reeves family if they think Jim Ed helped or hurt Jim Reeves' legacy. But if you can't stand the truth, maybe you'd better refrain from asking.
BTW, when I was a young man visiting my friend Mary Reeves in Nashville many years ago, I had a chance to meet a lot of the biggest stars. Jim Ed was the only one who was ever downright RUDE to me and I have never forgotten how he treated a teenaged boy from Iowa. And that, friends, is a FACT.
Some may find my remarks inappropriate when someone dies, but reading all this b.s. about how honorable this guy was is enough to make one choke.
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