Del Reeves Biography

Franklin Delano Reeves, 14 July 1932, Sparta, North Carolina, USA, d. 1 January 2007, Centerville, Tennessee, USA. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had his own radio show at the age of 12, Reeves moved to California, where by the late 50s, he had his own television show. He first charted in 1961 with ‘Be Quiet Mind’ on Decca Records, but in 1965, he registered a US country number 1 with ‘Girl On The Billboard’ after moving to United Artists Records, with whom he stayed until 1980. A number 4 hit with ‘The Belles Of Southern Bell’ followed and he moved to Nashville. He became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry (having first guested on it in 1958) and remained on the roster through to the 80s. Between 1966 and 1986, he registered almost 50 country chart hits, including ‘Women Do Funny Things To Me’, ‘Looking At The World Through A Windshield’, ‘Good Time Charlies’, ‘Be Glad’, and ‘The Philadelphia Fillies’. He also achieved chart success with duet recordings with Bobby Goldsboro, Penny DeHaven and Billie Jo Spears. He was nicknamed the ‘Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo Kid’ after the phrase he added to many of his hit songs.

Reeves appeared in several films as well as hosting many television shows. He toured extensively and, with his wife, wrote many popular country songs. A fine entertainer who also was noted for his comedy and impressions of other artists, his casual manner led to him being called ‘The Dean Martin Of Country Music’. He later moved into management and in 1992, he discovered Billy Ray Cyrus.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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