James Travis Reeves, 20 August 1923, Galloway, Texas, USA, d. 31 July 1964, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (Reeves plaque in the Country Music Hall Of Fame mistakenly gives his date of birth as 1924). Reeves father died when he was 10 months old and his mother was left to raise nine children on the family farm. Although only aged five, Reeves was entranced when a brother brought home a gramophone and a Jimmie Rodgers record, Blue Yodel No. 5. When aged nine, he traded stolen pears for an old guitar he saw in a neighbours yard. A cook for an oil company showed him the basic chords and when aged 12, he appeared on a radio show in Shreveport, Louisiana. By virtue of his athletic abilities, he won a scholarship to the University of Texas. However, he was shy, largely because of a stammer, which he managed to correct while at university (Reeves records are known for perfect diction and delivery). His first singing work was with Moon...
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