We celebrate the birth of legendary singer Jim Reeves on August 20. Born in Panola County, he grew up to be one of the best singers of all time.

Written by Marvin J. Moore and George H. Campbell, Jr. in 1951, Reeves recorded a song called “Four Walls” being recalled by some these days as they spend more time indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four walls to hear me

Four walls to see

Four walls too near me

Closing in on me

Take a listen on the video below.

Known as “Gentleman Jim” with the velvet voice, it was with great sadness to many when he died in a plane crash when his Beechcraft debonair aircraft went down in bad weather on July 31, 1964, near Nashville.

He is buried at Jim Reeves Memorial Park three miles east of Carthage.

Read more about Reeves in the County Line archives.

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