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Jim Reeves: Age 40 | Cause Of Death: AIRPLANE CRASH/ HELICOPTER

(James Travis Reeves, b. 20 August 1923, Galloway, Texas, USA, d. 31 July 1964)

His first singing work was with Moon Mullican’s band in Beaumont, Texas and he worked as an announcer and singing disc jockey at KGRI in Henderson for several years. (Reeves bought the station in 1959).  In November 1952 Reeves moved to KWKH in Shreveport, where his duties included hosting the “Louisiana Hayride.”   A land deal took him via private plane (he was a skilled amateur pilot) to Batesville, Arkansas, on July 30, 1964, with pianist Dean Manuel.  On July 30, while approaching Nashville on his return, the plane ran into a rainstorm and disappeared from radar.  Outside his Brentwood home, Marty Robbins heard something crash.  It took two days to find the wreckage and the bodies. To get the book:Like a Moth to a Flame: The Jim Reeves Story