Jim Reeves (August 20, 1923 - July 31, 1964) was a highly acclaimed country singer who became famous during the 1950s-1960s. With a smooth, velvety baritone that earned him the moniker, "Gentleman Jim," this country crooner and international superstar also had tremendous crossover appeal with such hits as "Four Walls" (1957), "He'll Have To Go" (1959), and "Am I Losing You" (1960). While at the height of his fame, Reeves was instrumental in creating and popularizing a then-new style of country music known as the Nashville Sound that was more pop-oriented and made use of lush orchestral arrangements. He toured actively and amassed a huge fan base worldwide. Although his life and career were tragically cut short at age 40 in a crash of his private airplane near Nashville, his popularity remained intact and his songs continued to chart for many years after his death.
Reeves made his debut in 1953 on the Country charts with the chart-topping "Mexican Joe." This smash was followed by a very long string of hits lasting through 1984 that also included "Bimbo" (1953), "Four Walls" (1957), Billy Bayou" (1958), "He'll Have To Go" (1959), "I Guess I'm Crazy" (1964), "This Is It" (1965), "Is It Really Over?" (1965), "Distant Drums" (1966), "Blue Side Of Lonesome" (1966), "and "I Won't Come In While He's There" (1967), all of which topped the charts. Other hits by Reeves that are also now considered to be country classics include "I'm Gettin' Better" (1960), "Adios Amigo" (1962), "I Love You" (1954, duet with Ginny Wright), and "Welcome To My World" (1964, which later also became a hit for Eddy Arnold in 1971).
Reeves was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967. His many other honors and accolades also included being inducted in 1998 into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
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