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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Language:English
  • Pages:672
  • eBook ISBN:9780615581163

Jim Reeves: His Untold Story

The Life and Times of Country Music's Greatest Singer

by Larry Jordan

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Overview
Velvet-voiced Jim Reeves was not only one of the world's most popular — and enduring — recording stars, he was one of the most fascinating. Now, in this truly intimate and scrupulously well-researched biography, author Larry Jordan takes you virtually day by day through Jim's life. More than 11 years in the writing, this riveting bio is based on hundreds of interviews with the people who knew Jim best, as well as his personal diaries and private correspondence. There are many intriguing — even explosive —- revelations here, in a portrait that is honest, though sometimes painful; poignant, yet full of good humor. Over 150 rare photos depict the private as well as public side of the unforgettable "Gentleman Jim." Please note the eBook version is the equivalent of the 672-page print edition, or three times the size of a typical book!
Description
Velvet-voiced Jim Reeves was not only one of the world's most popular — and enduring — recording stars, he was one of the most fascinating. Now, in this truly intimate and scrupulously well-researched biography, author Larry Jordan sets the record straight, dispelling rumors and misinformation that have swirled around Reeves for decades. More than 11 years in the writing, this riveting bio is based on hundreds of interviews with the people who knew Jim best, as well as his personal diaries and private correspondence. Jordan's brisk, though richly detailed narrative style tells an engrossing story, taking you virtually day by day through Jim's life. There are many intriguing — even explosive — revelations here, in a portrait that is honest, though sometimes painful; poignant, yet full of good humor. The author takes you into the studio with Jim Reeves as he records his timeless hits. You hop a ride on Big Blue, the bus that took Reeves and the Blue Boys all over North America. You attend many of Jim's live concerts (from Ireland to Carnegie Hall), visit Jim's home, learn his innermost thoughts, hear some funny stories, and are a "fly on the wall" as Reeves romances a succession of ladies that would make Playboy magazine's Hugh Hefner jealous! And you read the reminisces of the women themselves! There is also a minute-by-minute account of Jim's fatal airplane flight with eyewitness accounts and new info from the long-elusive accident report. Over 150 rare photos depict the private as well as public side of the unforgettable "Gentleman Jim." Fans and reviewers around the world are using words like "masterpiece," "the best book I ever read," "impossible to put down," "a gem," and more superlatives to describe this must-have book! "Country Music People" magazine says "rarely can a book have been as eagerly awaited as Larry Jordan's 'Jim Reeves: His Untold Story...'" Please note the eBook version is the equivalent of the 672-page print edition, or three times the size of a typical book!
About the author
Larry Jordan began writing professionally when he was only 15, and has worked as a speech writer, fundraiser and political consultant in three Congressional campaigns. Since 1992 he has been the editor and publisher of Midwest Today, a glossy regional magazine. For the past 14 years, Jordan has also produced a weekly radio show heard on 52 stations across ten states. His work has been widely quoted, including by ABC radio, CBS-TV, BBC-TV, Family Circle, Soap Opera Digest, Catholic Digest, and a multitude of other media around the world. He has been praised by respected journalists ranging from Tom Brokaw to Walter Cronkite, and political figures like President Bill Clinton, who called his writing “very impressive.” In 2003, Jordan launched an indie label, VoiceMasters, which has issued CDs featuring previously unreleased recordings by Jim Reeves, with plans for other artists as well.
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