Del Reeves

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Del Reeves
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Background information
Birth nameFranklin Delano Reeves
Born(1932-07-14)July 14, 1932
OriginSparta, North Carolina
DiedJanuary 1, 2007(2007-01-01) (aged 74)
Genrescountry
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter
Years active1961–2007
LabelsUnited Artists, Decca Records, Columbia Records, Capitol Records, Reprise Records
Associated actsDick Curless, Red Simpson, Red Steagall, Bobby Goldsboro, Penny DeHaven, Billie Jo Spears
 
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Del Reeves
Del Reeves promo photo.png
Background information
Birth nameFranklin Delano Reeves
Born(1932-07-14)July 14, 1932
OriginSparta, North Carolina
DiedJanuary 1, 2007(2007-01-01) (aged 74)
Genrescountry
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter
Years active1961–2007
LabelsUnited Artists, Decca Records, Columbia Records, Capitol Records, Reprise Records
Associated actsDick Curless, Red Simpson, Red Steagall, Bobby Goldsboro, Penny DeHaven, Billie Jo Spears

Franklin Delano Reeves (July 14, 1932 – January 1, 2007), better known as Del Reeves, was an American country music singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the 1960s including "Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern Bell". He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem, "Looking At The World Through A Windshield", which demonstrated he was capable of more than just novelty songs. He became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s.

Biography[edit]

Rise to fame[edit]

Reeves was born in Sparta, North Carolina on July 14, 1932. He was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had been nominated by the Democratic Party to be their presidential nominee just a few days before he was born. He graduated from Piney Creek High School in 1951.

In 1954, he signed on with Capitol Records. Later in the 1950s, he recorded for Decca Records, as well as Reprise Records and Columbia Records.

1960s–1970s[edit]

Everything began to change when Reeves signed with United Artists Records. The work he did for United Artists is probably his best-known work. He finally scored big in 1961 with the hit song "Be Quiet Mind". Later in 1965, he had his first No. 1 hit with "The Girl On The Billboard". His follow-up, "The Belles of the Southern Bell," made the country top five. During this time, he and his wife became a songwriting team and wrote songs for the likes of Rose Maddox, Carl Smith and Roy Drusky, to name a few.

His success continued throughout the rest of the 1960s. Songs that became hits during this time are "Be Glad" and "Good Time Charlie's". In the late 1960s, he recorded an album paying tribute to Jim Reeves (no relation) and also appeared in several Hollywood films, including a starring role in "Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers", and a supporting role in Burt Reynolds' first big movie Sam Whiskey.

In the 1970s, he released a series of duets with Bobby Goldsboro and Penny DeHaven. He also returned to television, hosting the syndicated TV program, Del Reeves' Country Carnival.

His last big hit was "The Philadelphia Fillies". His career declined in the mid-1970s and then started to slowly move away from country music, although he recorded some duets with Billie Jo Spears in 1976.

Decline[edit]

In 1979, Reeves left his musical career to pursue a career as a music executive and played a big role in the signing of Billy Ray Cyrus.[1] He continued to record in the 1980s on a reduced scale for smaller labels.

Reeves joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1966, where he continued to perform until his final years. His last Opry performance was in August 2002. He died from emphysema on New Year's Day, 2007.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumUS Country
1965Girl on the Billboard8
Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo6
1966Sings Jim Reeves23
Special Delivery28
Gettin' Any Feed for Your Chickens18
Santa's Boy
1967Struttin' My Stuff22
Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other42
The Little Church in the Dell
Our Way of Life28
1968Running Wild35
The Best
Looking at the World33
1969Wonderful World of Country Music
Down at the Goodtime Charlie's42
Friends and Neighbors
1970Big Daddy Del41
Country Concert
The Best 2
1971Del Reeves36
1972Before Goodbye45
1973Trucker's Paradise
1974Live at the Palomino Club45
The Very Best42
1975With Strings and Things
1976By Request (with Billie Jo Spears)46
10th Anniversary
1980Let's Got to Heaven Tonight
1994His Greatest Hits
1996Gospel
1998I'll Take My Chances

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country[2]CAN Country
1961"Be Quiet Mind"9singles only
1962"He Stands Real Tall"11
1963"The Only Girl I Can't Forget"13
1964"Talking to the Night Lights"41
1965"Girl on the Billboard"A1Girl on the Billboard
"The Belles of the Southern Bell"4
"Women Do Funny Things to Me"9Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo
1966"One Bum Town"42Special Delivery
"Gettin' Any Feed for Your Chickens"37Gettin' Any Feed for Your Chickens
"This Must Be the Bottom"27Struttin' My Stuff
1967"Blame It on My Do Wrong"45Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
"The Private"33The Best of Del Reeves
"A Dime at a Time"12Our Way of Life
1968"I Just Wasted the Rest" (with Bobby Goldsboro)56
"Wild Blood"185Running Wild
"Looking at the World Through a Windshield"54Looking at the World
"Good Time Charlie's"320Down at the Goodtime Charlie's
1969"Be Glad"5
"There Wouldn't Be a Lonely Heart In Town"12Big Daddy Del
"Take a Little Good Will Home" (with Bobby Goldsboro)3131Our Way of Life
1970"A Lover's Question" (with the Goodtime Charlies)14The Best 2
"Son of a Coal Man"4121Friends and Neighbors
"Landmark Tavern" (with Penny DeHaven)2024singles only
"Bad, Bad Tuesday"41
"Right Back to Lovin' You Again"2221Friends and Neighbors
1971"Bar Room Talk"307
"Workin' Like the Devil for the Lord"33
"The Philadelphia Fillies"938Del Reeves
"Dozen Pairs of Boots"3149
1972"The Best Is Yet to Come"29
"No Rings, No Strings"62Before Goodbye
"Crying in the Rain"54single only
"Before Goodbye"47Before Goodbye
1973"Trucker's Paradise"5486Trucker's Paradise
"Mm-Mm Good"4431single only
"Lay a Little Lovin' on Me"2263The Very Best of Del Reeves
1974"What a Way to Go"70singles only
"Prayer from a Mobile Home"62
"She Likes Country Bands"89
"Pour It All on Me"65Strings and Things
1975"But I Do"65
"Puttin' In Overtime at Home"74
"You Comb Her Hair Every Morning"92single only
1976"I Ain't Got Nobody"5110th Anniversary
"On the Rebound" (with Billie Jo Spears)29By Request
"Teardrops Will Kiss the Morning Dew" (with Billie Jo Spears)42
"My Better Half"79singles only
1977"Ladies' Night"78
1978"When My Angel Turns into a Devil"93
"Dig Down Deep"79
1980"Take Me to Your Heart"82Del Reeves
"What Am I Gonna Do?"90
1981"Swinging Doors"67singles only
"Slow Hand"53
1982"Ain't Nobody Gonna Get My Body but You"67
1986"The Second Time Around"95Here's Del Reeves

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1696&dat=19920927&id=2_kaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nEcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6908,5125497
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 344–345. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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