Jim Reeves, born August 20, 1923 (in Galloway, Texas) as; James Travis Reeves, died in the crash of a private airplane at age 40 on July 31, 1964.

He was an American country singer-songwriter. From the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville Country Sound. Worldwide he scored many hits. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Initially he was a baseball-player in the semi-professional leagues and he played also for the St. Louis Cardinal Team as a right-handed pitcher. He played a few years for the minor leagues before severing his sciatic nerve while pitching, which ended his baseball career.

Reeves started to work as a radio announcer. He sang live between songs. During the late 1940s, he was contracted as a singer with a couple of small Texas-based recording companies. Later he worked for large record companies.

Reeves became known as a crooner because of his rich light baritone voice. Songs such as "Adios Amigo", "Welcome to My World", and "Am I Losing You?" demonstrated this.

Reeves scored his greatest hit with the song He’ll Have to Go, which earned him a platinum record.

During 1975, RCA producer Chet Atkins told a newspaperman: "Jim wanted to be a tenor but I wanted him to be a baritone. After he changed his voice to that smooth deeper sound, he was immensely popular."

On July 31, 1964, Reeves and his manager Dean Manuel Batesville were on their way from Arkansas to Nashville. They traveled in a  single-engine aircraft, with Reeves as the pilot. While flying over Tennessee, they encountered a thunderstorm. The small airplane had become caught in the storm and Reeves suffered spatial disorientation. According to the tower tape, Reeves ran into the heavy rain at 4:51 p.m. and crashed only a minute later, at 4:52 p.m.

On the morning of August 2, 1964, the bodies of the singer and his manager were found. Thousands of fans traveled to pay their last respects at his funeral. The coffin was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves' final resting place near Carthage, Texas.

Jim Reeves was famous in countries such as England, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, India, Germany and South Africa.

Some hits by Jim Reeves: He’ll have to go, Adio’s Amigo, Welcome to my world, I won’t Forget You, Guilty, I’m Gonna Change Everything, Four Wall’s, I Love You Because, Distant Drums, Am I Losing You, Making Believe, Just Call me Lonesome, Billy Bayo, Dear Harts and Gentle People, How’s the World Treating You and Roly Poly.

Jim Reeves