My Top 21 Jim Reeves Songs: Waltzing On Top of the World (#8)

@FourWalls (15843)
United States
August 13, 2016 8:04pm CST
Back on July 31st, the 52nd anniversary of the death of Jim Reeves, I began counting down my 21 favorite songs by my all-time favorite singer. The countdown will conclude next Saturday, August 20, which is the 93rd anniversary of Jim's birth. Here's the next song on the list. #8: Waltzing On Top of the World You might notice something a little different here with the vocals. Way back when I mentioned that Reeves' early recordings were sung in a higher range than his normal baritone voice because his producer at the time, Fabor Robison, didn't think country fans wanted a singer with a deep voice. (Consider that this was about the same time that one of the biggest singers in America was the rather deep-voiced Tennessee Ernie Ford!) This was country era Jim Reeves, complete with fiddles (which disappeared from his recordings shortly after this 1955 session). In 1962 Reeves re-recorded this song, much slower, omitting two verses, and with "strings" and background vocals instead of fiddles and steel guitar. The voice sounds great, but I hate that version. It shows what overproduction can do to a great song. Waltzing On Top of the World Written by Jim Reeves and Al Courtney From Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, 1964 The original 1955 country recording:
Jim Reeves "Waltzing On Top Of The World" From the album Jim Reeves - "Welcome To My World" [CD3] [Lyrics to "Waltzing On Top Of The World"] If all of the st...
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@JohnRoberts (65250)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Aug 16
Did Reeves have more commercial success as real country or the less country version?
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@FourWalls (15843)
• United States
14 Aug 16
In terms of this song, neither, because it was never a single. As far as his career, he was an established star long before "He'll Have to Go" (his first #1 was "Mexican Joe" in 1953) but that made him a superstar.
@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
14 Aug 16
Love the lyrics. Nice job, Mr. Reeves, Mr. Courtney!
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