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Feb. 1: Jim Reeves was in the studio on this date in 1962, recording one single, two album cuts and a number that remained in the can for six years. By the time “That’s When I See The Blues” came out, Reeves was deep into his second career — 39 singles and around three dozen albums released after his death in a 1964 plane crash.

Reeves had made that possible by recording quite a few demonstration records in his home or a studio he booked. His widow, Mary Reeves, worked with Jim’s friend and producer, Chet Atkins, to keep fresh Jim Reeves material flowing to his huge fan base at home and abroad. They took those recordings, along with certain numbers cut by RCA Victor, and dubbed new musical backings onto them. The result: five posthumous chart-topping singles and 13 others that reached the Top 10 in a span of 20 years. “That’s When I See The Blues” made it to No. 9 in 1968, the year after the late “Gentleman Jim” Reeves entered the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Learn about Reeves and his enduring worldwide popularity on his Allmusic.com profile.

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