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Del Reeves

Franklin Delano "Del" Reeves (July 14 1932January 1 2007) was a country music singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty-type songs of the 1960s. He became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s. Reeves 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.

Rise to Fame

Del Reeves is probably best known for his fair share of 1960s hits. He proved that he could become a country singer in his own right and become successful, with songs such as "The Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern Bell", both highlights from his career. He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem "Looking at the World through a Windshield" which proved he was capable of singing more than just novelty songs.

Del Reeves was born in Sparta, North Carolina in 1932.

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

The Height of His Career

Everything began to change when Reeves signed on 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 #1 hit with "The Girl on the Billboard". His follow-up, "The Belles of the Southern Belle" made the Country Top Five. During this time, he and his wife became a songwriting team. The husband-wife duo 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."

Career In the 1970s

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

His last big hit was in "The Philadelphia Fillies." His career declined in the mid-70s and then started to slowly move away from Country music. However, he did record some duets with Billie Jo Spears in 1976.

Decline

In 1979, he left his musical career to pursue a career as a music executive. He played a big role in the signing of Billy Ray Cyrus. Reeves continued to record in the 1980s, just not as much and for smaller labels.

Del Reeves joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1966, where he continued to perform until his later years. His last Opry performance was in August 2002.

He died from emphysema on New Year's Day, 2007.

Trivia

  • Del Reeves credits such well-known and legendary country singers as Jim Reeves, Ernest Tubb, Roger Miller and Johnny Cash as his biggest influences on his musical career.
  • He was given the nickname The Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo Kid because he added the phrase "doodle-oo-doo-doo" to his vocal and guitar lines on many of his hit songs.

Discography

Hit Singles

Year Single Album U.S. Country Singles U.S. Pop Singles
1961 "Be Quiet Mind" (single only) 9 -
1965 "Girl On the Billboard" Girl On the Billboard 1 96
1965 "The Belles of the Southern Belle" The Girl On the Billboard 4 -
1966 "Women Do Funny Things to Me" Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo 9 -
1967 "A Dime At a Time" Our Way of Life 12 -
1968 "Looking At the World Through a Windshield" Looking At the World 5 -
1969 "Good Time Charlie's" Down At the Goodtime Charlie's 3 -
1969 "Be Glad" Down At the Goodtime Charlie's 5 -
1969 "There Wouldn't Be a Lonely Heart In Town" Big Daddy Del 12 -
1969 "Take A Little Good Will Home" (with Bobby Goldsboro) Our Way Of Life 31 -
1970 "A Lover's Question" The Best 2 14 -
1970 "Landmark Tavern" (with Penny DeHaven) (single only) 20 -
1971 "Philadelphia Fillies" Del Reeves 9 -
1971 "Dozen Pairs of Boots" Del Reeves 31 -
1971 "Workin' Like the Devil For the Lord" Friends and Neighbors 33 -
1972 "Crying In the Rain" (with Penny DeHaven) His Greatest Hits 54 -
1972 "But I Do" His Greatest Hits 65 -
1973 "Lay A Little Lovin' On Me" The Very Best Of Del Reeves 22 -
1976 "On The Rebound" (with Billie Jo Spears) By Request 29 -
1976 "Teardrops Will Kiss The Morning Dew" (with Billie Jo Spears) By Request 42 -

Selected Albums

Year Album US Country
1965 Girl on the Billboard 8
1965 Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo 6
1966 Sings Jim Reeves 23
1966 Special Delivery 28
1966 Gettin' Any Feed for Your Chickens 18
1966 Santa's Boy
1967 Struttin' My Stuff 22
1967 Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other 42
1967 The Little Church in the Dell
1967 Our Way of Life 28
1968 Running Wild 35
1968 The Best
1968 Looking at the World 33
1969 Wonderful World of Country Music
1969 Down at the Goodtime Charlie's 42
1969 Friends and Neighbors
1970 Big Daddy Del 41
1970 Country Concert
1970 The Best 2
1971 Del Reeves 36
1972 Before Goodbye 45
1973 Trucker's Paradise
1974 Live at the Palomino Club 45
1974 The Very Best 42
1975 With Strings and Things
1976 By Request (with Billie Jo Spears) 46
1976 10th Anniversary
1980 Let's Got to Heaven Tonight
1994 His Greatest Hits
1996 Gospel
1998 I'll Take My Chances

References

  • All Music Guide
  • Trott, Walt. (1998). "Del Reeves." In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 434.
  • Wolff, Kurt. Country Music: The Rough Guide.

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