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Jim Reeves Estate Heads to October Trial
UPI ^ | July 24, 2011

Posted on 07/24/2011 7:26:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A Tennessee judge set a tentative October trial date for the long-running legal battle over the estate of the late country star Jim Reeves, who died in 1964.

At issue is a dispute over millions of dollars of past and future royalties from Reeves' body of work, which includes "Four Walls" and a bevy of other hits from the "Nashville sound" school of country music from the 1950s and 1960s.

The (Nashville) Tennessean said Sunday the Nashville Seventh Circuit Court ruled that the case would be decided based on the interpretation of a 1976 will written by Reeves' widow, Mary Reeves Davis. The ruling eliminated a later will that left everything to preacher Terry Davis.

Attorney Ames Davis, who represents Mary Reeves' estate, told the newspaper the case was unusual, but not uncommon.

"It's been never ending," Davis said. "It has involved half the attorneys in Nashville, but it's not uncommon when you have a dispute among heirs about significant sums of money."

The Tennessean said the battle basically boils down to a 1976 will designating family members as the beneficiaries of the estate. But in 1996, Mary Reeves sold the entire estate, including the royalty rights to Reeves' music, to carnival executive Ed Gregory.

Gregory went bankrupt in 2002, allegedly owing $6 million to Mrs. Reeves, who died in 1999. Her family contends she was not mentally competent when she agreed to the sale.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bleakhouse; countrymusic; jimreeves; probate

1 posted on 07/24/2011 7:26:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpi8Bek6jdM

Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone.
Let’s pretend that we’re together, all alone.
I’ll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low,
And you can tell your friend there with you he’ll have to go.


2 posted on 07/24/2011 7:28:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Jeeze,

Getting to be 50 years in court. After the lawyers, is there anything left.


3 posted on 07/24/2011 7:28:11 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30

Exactly. The lawyers are picking all the meat off the bones. Nothing to see here...


4 posted on 07/24/2011 7:33:16 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Revolting cat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJgJ4AAcleE
Jim Reeves - Billy Bayou


5 posted on 07/24/2011 7:33:25 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting. I saw the late great Patsy Cline video Crazy and got curious about her fatal crash, which linked to the crash involving Jim Reeves. So many Opry losses in such a short time.

What really amazed me was the fandom JR had in Sri Lanka, of all places. That’s about the last place I would think having a C&W artist as a star.


6 posted on 07/24/2011 7:38:09 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Now that Weiner's gone . .time to get wid of Fwank)
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To: Liberty Valance

That was an era that had some really nice songs. I can listen to most of them today.


7 posted on 07/24/2011 7:38:20 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30

Here’s Jim in Norway ....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br8Mo5Xflb4&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Jim Reeves - Yonder Comes A Sucker


8 posted on 07/24/2011 7:41:00 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

I never knew the name of that song. “Railroad, steamboat, river and canal...” - that I remembered.

Chords looked awfully simple as JR strummed them. D and A7 were it. But what a great song!


9 posted on 07/24/2011 7:51:43 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Jim Reeves and Don Williams songs are very popular in India.


10 posted on 07/24/2011 7:51:48 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone.
Let’s pretend that we’re together, all alone.
I’ll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low,
And you can tell your friend there with you he’ll have to go.

I a m glad you finally called me on the phone.
I've been waiting here tonight, but not alone.
You broke the date that we had made just yesterday,
Now, there's someone else who's here. He'll have to stay.

Jeanne Black, 1960
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orKdE3zO0jI
11 posted on 07/24/2011 7:57:59 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: nickcarraway

There’s a guy who could sing. Checked out an Amy Winehouse vid on Youtube to see what the fuss was about. I could make out maybe 1/3 of the lyrics. And she was sober.


12 posted on 07/24/2011 7:59:15 PM PDT by quietly desperate (The state is that fiction by which everyone tries to live at everyone's expense.)
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Boop A Cat! Don't Wake the Dragon!

If they wake him up trying to steal that fish
There is sure to be trouble


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13 posted on 07/24/2011 8:01:14 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Wow, I didn’t realize there was an answer song. But then, in those days, there always was!


14 posted on 07/24/2011 8:02:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

I read a very long story on this today in the Tennessean. What a strange, tangled mess this has been, and such an odd ending to someone whose music was so quiet and dignified. This had all kinds of intrigue - every possible estate wrangle you can think of, plus hundreds of dead cats in the freezer. Makes you shudder just to think of it.


15 posted on 07/24/2011 8:09:18 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: nickcarraway
the estate of the late country star Jim Reeves, who died in 1964

"The late"??
How long is it before a dead person is no longer "the late"? It seems to me 47 years dead would disqualify somebody from being "the late". But then, what do I know?

16 posted on 07/24/2011 8:12:38 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Revolting cat!
Another version by two other famous artist :>}
17 posted on 07/24/2011 8:14:21 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: nickcarraway

OMG, this is another Jarndyce and Jarndyce.


18 posted on 07/24/2011 8:17:12 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: Lancey Howard

Seriously, what is the meaning of “the late”? Isn’t Shakespeare “the late” Wiliam?


19 posted on 07/24/2011 8:22:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lancey Howard; Revolting cat!
How long is it before a dead person is no longer "the late"?

The correct answer is, when their estate is settled.

20 posted on 07/24/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Also very popular in South Africa back in the day. He actually made a movie there, I believe called "Diamond Jim."

Jim Reeves was, in my estimation, blessed with one of, if not THE, most melodious baritone voices in all of music, let alone Country. Set the stage for Ray Price's pop crossover.

21 posted on 07/24/2011 8:41:00 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-________ Overdrive 2012 - Holy Flippin' Crap!!)
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To: nickcarraway

LOL, apparently!


22 posted on 07/24/2011 10:39:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: quietly desperate

I checked out Amy on Utube as well...never had heard her sing. I only knew her as a druggie. I was pleasantly surprised...I guess because she didn’t rap. She seemed pretty normal and kinda cute kid when she first started out but what a mess she was in the end. Very sad.


23 posted on 07/24/2011 10:52:52 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: jimfree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lngT2EMhdlo&NR=1
Jim Reeves - Stand at Your Window


24 posted on 07/24/2011 11:26:46 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Fiji Hill

Later


25 posted on 07/25/2011 3:29:01 AM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: nickcarraway

Gregory went bankrupt in 2002, allegedly owing $6 million to Mrs. Reeves, who died in 1999. Her family contends she was not mentally competent when she agreed to the sale.

IANAL, but if Mr. Gregory never paid in full is the sale then incomplete, and essentially rendered void?


26 posted on 07/25/2011 9:04:18 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (I sure hope there is a New Morning in America soon. All this hope and change is leaving me depressed)
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To: Liberty Valance

I was not familiar LV with Stand at Your Window. It’s another great piece by the great Jim Reeves. Thanks for sharing it.


27 posted on 07/26/2011 5:07:01 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: jimfree

You’re welcome jimfree. I was just a kid at the time but I remember it well.


28 posted on 07/26/2011 8:26:43 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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