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How Many Tears From Now; Got You On My Mind;
Mexican Joe; There's Someone Who Loves You; I've
Forgotten You; Am I Losing You; Four Walls; Gypsy
Feet; Love Letters In the Sand; Pretend You Don't
See Her; Around the World; Linda; Someday; You
Belong To Me; I Could Cry; He'll Have To Go;
Purina Song; Pyrofax Song; Wheels; Mona Lisa.
I'd Like To Be; Poor Little Doll; I Was Just
Walking Out the Door; How Long Has It Been; Padre
of Old San Antone; Precious Memories; Throw
Another Log On the Fire; What Would You Do?; A
Fool Such As I; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; I
Know One; I Missed Me; Scarlet Ribbons; Just Call
Me Lonesome; Making Believe (duet with Barbi
Franklin); How's the World Treating You (duet with
Barbi Franklin); I Love You Because; Deep Dark
Water; Crying Is My Favorite Mood; There's A Light
Shining Through; Distant Drums; May the Good Lord
Bless and Keep You. A total of 86
tracks, including narrative. Total run time 144
To read the Foreword to Larry's
A SMALL SAMPLING OF BOOK HIGHLIGHTS
•The woman behind the
man, and NO, it's NOT Mary. Revealed at last:
the petite brunette who fell in love with Jim, who used
her connections in showbiz to further his career, and
who taught him how to sing on records. Jim hung out at
her Hollywood hideaway, and wanted to leave his wife for
her, but she actually saved the Reeves marriage. Then
Mary sued her after Jim was gone!
•What Jim did before a
recording session (it's not what you think),
and what he liked to
do after (also surprising)...plus detailed
accounts of his studio work, including interviews with
death-defying close calls on airplanes,
including an engine fire, engine failure, a loss of
control on take-off and nearly a crash landing...How Jim
got headaches on the days he took flying lessons, got
his private pilot license before he was competent to
fly, and triggered a security alert that prompted F-9
fighter jets to be scrambled to intercept the Reeves
plane...The unsung heroine (and wife of a famous country
music star) who put together a search party from the
country music fraternity when Jim's plane went down...
•Glean insights into
Jim's personality: As one of his confidants
stated: “Jim either intensely disliked someone or he
loved them. Most people he disliked. What really would
have made Jim happy is if he had been able to completely
withdraw from society but keep his star status. Jim
hated sham, which was an admirable trait...but learned
to play act like he liked everybody...and he hated every
minute of it.”
•The vision Jim had
while driving alone late one night, which he
interpreted to have heavenly significance and
saved him from a washed-out road... How Jim became so
afraid for his own safety after being mobbed by fans in
South Africa he started even wanting security at the
Opry...How Jim fended off three carnival workers who
accosted him after a show, yet how his estate ultimately
fell into the hands of a carney who ripped off Jim's
widow for millions and almost destroyed Reeves' legacy.
•The song Jim wrote for
a ladyfriend while sharing a Pullman on a
cross-country train trip with Vaughn Monroe, Eddie
Fisher and Billy Eckstein...intimate details of
life on the road for Jim and the Wagonmasters, and then
the Blue Boys...
•Read Jim's own account
of growing up, reflections on his career, the world of
music, and what he planned for his future
(including another album sung in a foreign language).
•Find out what Jim's
biggest heartache was in his life...
•What Jim REALLY
thought about his colleagues Chet Atkins, Eddy
Arnold, Fabor Robison, Bill Anderson, Dottie West,
Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, Roger Miller,
Roy Clark, Elvis Presley and others.
•How Jim blew his
chance to go on a Bob Hope Christmas tour overseas
when he flew into a jealous rage over a woman...
Why Jim's manager had to bribe a doctor in Canada... How
the producers of “Kimberley Jim” found a novel way to
get Jim up in the morning so he could start the day's
•Read Jim's own diary
entries on his first South African tour,
including how he suffered through physical illness and
yet won praise for his singing...Plus, hear personal
accounts from those who traveled with Reeves on that
trip, and read about the songs Jim recorded in South
Africa which nobody has ever heard before...
experimentation with the psychic realm...the
premonitions he had about how he would die... •Read about the time Jim
protected a little handicapped girl who was being
harrassed... Learn how Jim was a veritable Pied
Piper whom children adored... Also his heartache because
he wanted a child of his own.
•Why Mary used to sneak
off across the state line to Kentucky...how
romance blossomed between Mary Reeves and Blue Boy Bud
Logan...Why Mary almost went to jail over a fraudulent
loan...why she was forced to sell Jim's song publishing
firms... how compromising photos of her were allegedly
used to blackmail her...
•Learn about the night
Jim and a ladyfriend had a
tête-à-tête in Hank Williams'
apartment...Find out what happened to the 1932
Buick Jim used to own.
•The shocking and
important information about the JFK assassination that
Jim could have given to the Warren Commission and
perhaps changed history. (He was in Dallas just
before Kennedy was killed)...Why Chet Atkins said Jim
wanted to clean up the corruption in Nashville...
•The unpublicized acts
of kindness that Jim did anonymously...the
inspirational notes he made to himself...Jim's views on
churches and God...
•Learn music industry
secrets such as who REALLY wrote "We Thank
Thee" and "Welcome To My World."
•Read an interview with
the young woman whom Jim wrote between recording
sessions on July 2, 1964 and the plans he made
to be with her... Also detailed is Mary's confrontation
with this female at Jim's funeral.
•How Jim saved Chet
Atkins from a jealous husband...and how Jim
fell head over heels in love with a woman in Europe...
Learn why Jim couldn't play for civilian audiences in
•See unpublished and
intimate handwritten letters from Jim and even pages
from his diaries...Also uncovered: the sad
irony of Jim's plans to write a book in latter 1964...
•Read how Jim wanted to
leave Nashville and launch a NEW career...the
woman he was involved with while writing love letters to
Mary...why he stopped taking his wife with him to the
•The night Ferlin
Husky, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Kitty Wells shared
•Intriguing new info
about Jim's foray into network radio...How Jim
brought South African arranger Bill Walker to the U.S.
(and put him on salary), because he planned to move his
music into a "pop" direction and had accepted an offer to do
a weekly network TV variety show to compete with Jimmy
•What Jim did in Las
Vegas on a night off... Hear about Jim's search
for a ranch in Texas.
•Find out what Jim
liked to eat, his favorite foods, what he did
to diet, what he liked to drink... Read about Jim's 1960
Cadillac Eldorado, plus see close-up photos of his
diamond cluster ring.
•Enjoy offbeat stories
about Jim's humor...What Dick Clark thought
about Jim (exclusive interview!)...the shocking way Jim
indulged himself on a foreign tour...
accounts of Jim's encounters with famous people like
you've never heard before about Jim Reeves from
Jean Shepherd, Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, Little Jimmy
Dickens, Elton John, Boots Randolph, Gilbert Gibson and
details of Jim's performance at Carnegie Hall...what
Ed Sullivan said to him...what Jim liked to do in New
York...what Jim enjoyed doing with with magician pal
Dick O'Shaughnessy, and the gift Jim gave Dick...
•Read about Jim's
disputes with RCA and why he boycotted sessions
for 5 months...
•Fascinating details of
Jim's overseas tours, the places he visited,
the fun (and challenges!) he had...How Jim had his
doctor write a medical excuse so he could cancel shows
and take the summer off...
•The REAL story behind
the disasterous Irish tour with details never
before revealed...the published allegation that Jim used
heroin while on that tour (debunked)...
•The things that Jim
was afraid of...his nocturnal ramblings around
Nashville and Printer's Alley...the shocking thing Jim
did at the Blue Boys' apartment...the week Jim and the
band spent at a Tennessee lake...how Jim skinned his
knees (hint: he got carpet burns at Buddy Killen's
office after hours...)
•Learn new details
about Jim's genealogy (which has been
misreported), the trouble Jim's father got into with the
law, how Jim's mother,
Beulah, said she had been married before she met Tom
Reeves (Jim's dad), and why the true birth date of her
first born son, Buford, suggests a cover-up.
•The people at
the Opry who did not want Jim to become a member...
Who Jim's best friend was in Nashville...the 14-year-old
female rodeo star whom Jim befriended...
•What Jim did while
flying Mary and him home from their last vacation that
made her cry, and what she made him promise
he'd never do again. (But he broke that promise with
•How Jim spent his last
weeks, his last weekend, his last night, his last day...The
man he called from Batesville the night before...The
person Jim and Dean stopped to see on their way to the
airport who, if he had been there, would have changed
the timetable of their flight and kept them alive...The
one small indulgence Jim and Dean enjoyed before taking
off on their ill-fated flight home.
•Read the gripping,
minute-by-minute account of what led up to the plane
crash, including the final tragic moments of
the flight, with vital
new details culled from the long-elusive accident
report, along with an eyewitness to the crash
who was never interviewed by authorities. Also explored
are the mysteries surrounding the search efforts and how
the FBI investigated links to organized crime, the
briefcase authorities were frantic to find at the crash
site, and what the scene looked like, as revealed by a 10-minute
color home movie never known to exist but obtained by
•Also read the tragic
story of Mary's decline, how she was betrayed
by people close to her, and the Reeves family member who
is still trying to exact revenge on her for not making
him a star!
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