Whenever I introduce people for the first time to Jim Reeves there are two songs I always play, which I think best illustrate the velvet voice:
"There's That Smile Again" and "Make the World Go Away." Jim was at the apex of his vocal talent on those two songs and they were recorded at his last sessions on July 2, 1964. Like a fine wine, he got better with age!
What is all the more remarkable is that, as you may know, songwriter Hank Cochran stopped by to see Jim at the session and Reeves recorded "Make the World Go Away" on the spot as a way to cheer up Hank, who had just gotten divorced. Anita Kerr wrote the string parts in a few minutes and Jim stepped up to the microphone and crooned the song flawlessly.
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