Re: ANITA KERR AND JIM REEVES
Posted by Roy Zinck on October 17, 2022, 9:45 am, in reply to "Re: ANITA KERR AND JIM REEVES"
Gary ..If you check on page 106 in the Anita Kerr book, you will find most of the reasons why she left Nashville. Larry is correct about her frustrations and not getting the credit she deserved for her work. That was part of it for sure.
I will give a "Readers Digest" version for the folks here on the Forum on what is in the book. By 1965, Anita states she wanted more than to be an arranger and background singer for just Country music. Her calling seemed to be centering with a connection she had with Henry Mancini. She was leaning toward, what she referred to as "This Orchestra Thing" and Mancini said that the only way to follow this quest was to move to California. So, in August 1965, she and her Swiss businessman husband Alex Grob and her two children arrived in Los Angeles. Also, at the same time she was dealing with songs she had written, but as long as she stayed in Nashville they would not be recorded. obviously, a bit of Politics here. Hope this helps Gary but so many other factors determined her decision to leave, it would seem.
To answer your other question, Will (Gill) Wright passed away on April, 2017 at the age of 87. Born July, 1929 in Nashville.