Jim Reeves' most popular gospel songs include "We Thank Thee," "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and "Across the Bridge." Reeves is also known for his rendition of "Where We'll Never Grow Old."
Though Reeves was a songwriter as well as a performer, most of his popular gospel numbers were written by others. In his posthumous compilation, "The Best Of Jim Reeves: 20 Gospel Favorites," only "He Will" is a Reeves composition.
In his early years, Reeves worked as a semi-professional baseball player and a radio announcer. Rising to prominence in the 1950s, Reeves became a champion of the Nashville sound, which combined country music with lush orchestration and pop influences. In the 1960s, Reeves achieved worldwide fame with bestselling hits in Ireland, Britain and South Africa. The singer was so popular in South Africa he recorded several albums in the local Afrikaans language. Reeves remains one of the most successful musical artists in Norwegian history.
At the height of his popularity, Reeves was killed in a crash while at the controls of a private, single-engine plane. The accident also took the life of Dean Manuel, Reeves' manager and backing pianist. An inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Reeves is credited with broadening country music's mainstream appeal worldwide.