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Del Reeves
Birth name Franklin Delano Reeves
Born July 14, 1932(1932-07-14)
Origin Sparta, North Carolina
Died January 1, 2007 (aged 74)
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Years active 1961 – 2007
Labels United Artists
Decca Records
Columbia Records
Capitol Records
Reprise Records
Associated acts Dick Curless
Red Simpson
Red Steagall
Bobby Goldsboro
Penny DeHaven
Billie Jo Spears

Franklin Delano "Del" Reeves (July 14, 1932 – January 1, 2007) was a country music singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty-type songs of the 1960s. He became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s. Reeves was named after Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had been nominated by the Democratic Party to be their presidential nominee just a few days before he was born.


Rise to Fame

Del Reeves was born in Sparta, North Carolina in 1932. He is probably best known for his fair share of 1960s hits. He proved that he could become a country singer in his own right and become successful, with songs such as "The Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern Bell", both highlights from his career. He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem "Looking at the World through a Windshield" which proved he was capable of singing more than just novelty songs.

In 1954, he signed on with Capitol Records. Later on in the 1950s, he recorded for Decca Records, as well as Reprise Records and Columbia Records.

The Height of His Career

Everything began to change when Reeves signed on with United Artists Records. The work he did for United Artists is probably his best known work. He finally scored big in 1961 with the hit song "Be Quiet Mind". Later in 1965, he had his first #1 hit with "The Girl on the Billboard". His follow-up, "The Belles of the Southern Belle" made the Country Top Five. During this time, he and his wife became a songwriting team. The husband-wife duo wrote songs for the likes of Rose Maddox, Carl Smith and Roy Drusky, to name a few.

His success continued throughout the rest of the 1960s. Songs that became hits during this time are "Be Glad" and "Good Time Charlie's."

Career In the 1970s

In the 1970s, he cut a series of duets with Bobby Goldsboro and Penny DeHaven. He also returned to television, hosting the TV program, Del Reeves' Country Carnival.

His last big hit was in "The Philadelphia Fillies." His career declined in the mid-70s and then started to slowly move away from Country music. However, he did record some duets with Billie Jo Spears in 1976.


In 1979, he left his musical career to pursue a career as a music executive. He played a big role in the signing of Billy Ray Cyrus. Reeves continued to record in the 1980s, just not as much and for smaller labels.

Del Reeves joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1966, where he continued to perform until his later years. His last Opry performance was in August 2002.

He died from emphysema on New Year's Day, 2007.




Year Album US Country
1965 Girl on the Billboard 8
Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo 6
1966 Sings Jim Reeves 23
Special Delivery 28
Gettin' Any Feed for Your Chickens 18
Santa's Boy
1967 Struttin' My Stuff 22
Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other 42
The Little Church in the Dell
Our Way of Life 28
1968 Running Wild 35
The Best
Looking at the World 33
1969 Wonderful World of Country Music
Down at the Goodtime Charlie's 42
Friends and Neighbors
1970 Big Daddy Del 41
Country Concert
The Best 2
1971 Del Reeves 36
1972 Before Goodbye 45
1973 Trucker's Paradise
1974 Live at the Palomino Club 45
The Very Best 42
1975 With Strings and Things
1976 By Request (with Billie Jo Spears) 46
10th Anniversary
1980 Let's Got to Heaven Tonight
1994 His Greatest Hits
1996 Gospel
1998 I'll Take My Chances


Year Single Chart Positions
US Country[1]
1961 "Be Quiet Mind" 9
1962 "He Stands Real Tall" 11
1963 "The Only Girl I Can't Forget" 13
1964 "Talking to the Night Lights" 41
1965 "Girl on the Billboard"A 1
"The Belles of the Southern Bell" 4
"Women Do Funny Things to Me" 9
1966 "One Bum Town" 42
"Gettin' Any Feed for Your Chickens" 37
"This Must Be the Bottom" 27
1967 "Blame It on My Do Wrong" 45
"The Private" 33
"A Dime at a Time" 12
1968 "I Just Wasted the Rest" (with Bobby Goldsboro) 56
"Wild Blood" 18
"Looking at the World Through a Windshield" 5
"Good Time Charlie's" 3
1968 "Be Glad" 5
"There Wouldn't Be a Lonely Heart In Town" 12
"Take a Little Good Will Home" (with Bobby Goldsboro) 31
1970 "A Lover's Question" (with the Goodtime Charlies) 14
"Son of a Coal Man" 41
"Landmark Tavern" (with Penny DeHaven) 20
"Right Back to Lovin' You Again" 22
1971 "Bar Room Talk" 30
"Workin' Like the Devil for the Lord" 33
"The Philadelphia Fillies" 9
"Dozen Pairs of Boots" 31
1972 "The Best Is Yet to Come" 29
"No Rings, No Strings" 62
"Crying in the Rain" 54
"Before Goodbye" 47
1973 "Trucker's Paradise" 54
"Mm-Mm Good" 44
"Lay a Little Lovin' on Me" 22
1974 "What a Way to Go" 70
"Prayer from a Mobile Home" 62
"She Likes Country Bands" 89
"Pour It All on Me" 65
1975 "But I Do" 65
"Puttin' In Overtime at Home" 74
"You Comb Her Hair Every Morning" 92
1976 "I Ain't Got Nobody" 51
"On the Rebound" (with Billie Jo Spears) 29
"Teardrops Will Kiss the Morning Dew" (with Billie Jo Spears) 42
"My Better Half" 79
1977 "Ladies' Night" 78
1978 "When My Angel Turns into a Devil" 93
"Dig Down Deep" 79
1980 "Take Me to Your Heart" 82
"What Am I Gonna Do?" 90
1981 "Swinging Doors" 67
"Slow Hand" 53
1982 "Ain't Nobody Gonna Get My Body but You" 67
1986 "The Second Time Around" 95


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc.. pp. 344-345. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.  
  • Allmusic
  • Trott, Walt. (1998). "Del Reeves." In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 434.
  • Wolff, Kurt. Country Music: The Rough Guide.

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