On the Bear Family Jim Reeves 16 CD boxed set you'll find the song "Near The Cross", a song which is very well suited to be listened to today. We are happy to announce that indeed it can be obtained on DVD. The website contains some interesting pages on the history of that show, and a video of a press conference in Nashville, with Jimmy Dean's widow, two persons who were responsible for the restoration project, and Bill Anderson.Jim Reeves recorded the song for his private use, probably at KRGI in Henderson, Tx., around 1947. It got included in a 4 DVD disc release of "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW, Season 1". To our surprise the RFD-TV Channel showed the episode of "The Jimmy Dean Show" in which Jimmy Dean's guests are Eydie Gorme, Jim Reeves, Buck, Smitty & The Virginians, comedians Don Adams, Pat Mc Cormick, and Jim Henson's Muppet Rowlf the Dog.In March 1961 Pat Campbell picked "Whispering Hope" from a religious album, "God Be With You" Jim had recorded in 1959.
Extra Gold is the only radio station who constantly promotes the music of Jim Reeves across a number of programmes tune in for all the best hits on Extra Gold: can also hear Gentleman Jim Reeves every Friday night for a full hour from 22.00 on Radio Extra Gold.
Billy is still active in music and very popular with rockabilly fans and regulary performs in shows in Europe.
On April 22nd Bill played at Stoke on Trent for an all day rockabilly festival and on April 23, Bill performed rocakabilly songs for about half an hour. Last year, he informed me that he was writing a series of books, to be released on CD by either him or a publisher.
In 1974 Alex Zanetis produced and directed the double LP album "The Carpenter's Son" on the RCA label, (RCA CPL2-0419).
The cast list includes such famous Nashville artists as Ray Walker as Judas, George Jones as Pilate, an Elder, and Old Man, David Cobb as Scribe, and Alex Zanetis as Jesus. On Jim's recording only the first and last verses, and the refrain were sung.