To be blunt, Jim Reeves had absolutely no business flying solo much less with a passenger. Jim had been taking flying lessons but had not received his pilots license. When he returned from overseas in 1963, he paid $200 to a Nashville flight instructor to grant him his license. But what sealed his fate on that fateful day was that he was flying a more advanced Beechcraft rather than his slower Cessna that he trained on. So without the 200 additional flight hours needed to competently fly the Beechcraft he was completely unprepared as a pilot. But it gets worse – during the flight he ignored the control towers instructions to veer right to avoid the storm cell and he decided to turn left going further and deeper into the storm. When lightning flashed he pulled too hard on the yoke and the plane nose-dived into the ground. It was all over in a matter of seconds.
Jim Reeves was terrified of lightning as his brother was killed by a lightning strike.
Gentleman Jim was huge in Norway. His first success in Norway, “He’ll Have to Go”, scored number one in the top 10 and scored the chart for 29 weeks. “I Love You Because” was his greatest success in Norway, scoring number one during 1964 and on the list for 39 weeks. His albums spent 696 weeks in the Norwegian top-20 chart, making him one of the most popular music artists in the history of Norway.
Final Resting Place:
Jim Reeves Memorial
1000 East Highway 79
Carthage, Texas, 75633
Grave Location:Jim Reeves Memorial
Grave Location Description
From downtown Carthage, Texas drive 3.0 miles east on Highway 79, looking for the small sign on your right that indicates you have arrived. Jim is buried below the large statue and his trusty dog Cheyenne is buried directly behind the legendary Nashville country artist.
Grave Location GPS32.17885689159506, -94.28019644569363
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Read More About Jim Reeves:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- Celebrating Country's Class Act, Jim Reeves
- Jim Reeves Fan Club website
- Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel - The Crash, The Funeral and Photos
- A Family Tribute to Gentleman Jim Reeves
- Jim Reeves blog spot by author Larry Jordan
- How Jim and Mary Reeve's memorabilia collection was ripped off by a fraud
- RCA Studio B - Jim Reeves