|David M. McKee|
26th Jun 2011
| ||Jim Reeves’ first million seller made it’s appearance here as his second London single. The A-side extols the virtues of Mexican Joe, while the flip reveals a pedestrian performance by Jim of his own song, saved only by a steel guitar backing.|
Jim hailed from Panola County, Texas and was born on August 20, 1924. College educated, he was forced to quit as a professional baseball pitcher for Houston Buffaloes through a leg injury. He was also a full-time radio announcer at one stage of his career. He started recording in 1945. Jim owned and operated two music companies and two radio stations, he also wrote songs and played guitar.
In 1961 the citizens of Henderson, Texas, saluted him with a Jim Reeves Day. He was killed in an air crash in his private plane on July 31, 1964. He was elected to the Country and Western Music Hall of Fame in 1967.