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The Best Of Jim Reeves
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the best of Jim Reeves

Thanks for stopping by the best of Jim Reeves page. Below are several great songs by Jim Reeves you can easily learn on the acoustic. View my demos and download the free .pdf chord sheets.

I've included Jim Reeves album covers so you know where each song originated. If you need or want to purchase the full lesson, it's available for a few bucks or less with a bulk purchase.


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The Best Of Jim Reeves
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1. Have You Ever Been Lonely

have you ever been lonely jim reeves

Have You Ever Been Lonely was written way back in 1932 and has been recorded by many artists through the years.

Both Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves recorded their own version in 1961 but the duo never recorded together. Cline died in a plane crash in 1963 and Reeves did also the following year.

But an electronic duet was created in 1981 by Owen Bradley, Cline's original producer and combined the two voices against a newly created backing track. The song peaked at #5 on Billboard in 1982.

You'll find this on the "Jim Reeves Greatest Hits" album released in 1981.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No for the original key but on the 2nd here
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Am7, G, C, G7, A7, B7, E7, Edim
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2. He'll Have To Go

he'll have to go jim reeves

He'll Have To Go was written by Joe Allison and Audrey Allison. Jim Reeves recorded the song in 1959, and it was released as a single the same year. The song became a massive hit, reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song tells the story of a man who wants his lover to stay on the phone with him for just a little longer, as he realizes that she may be seeing another man. He advises her to imagine that he is there with her and that she's whispering sweet nothings in his ear. He tells her to tell the other man that "he'll have to go" because the singer is waiting for her.

Jim Reeves' rendition of "He'll Have to Go" is renowned for his warm and rich vocals and the simple yet powerful arrangement. The song's emotional intensity and the romantic theme made it a timeless classic that has continued to be covered by numerous artists.

Over the years, "He'll Have to Go" has been covered by many musicians, including Elvis Presley, Bryan Ferry, and Ry Cooder. It remains a much-loved country classic that has touched the hearts of generations of fans with its powerful message and unforgettable melody.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G, F, C7, G7, Fm


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3. I Love You Because

i love you because jim reeves

l Love You Because  is a classic country song written by Leon Payne. Jim Reeves recorded the song in 1963, and it was released as a single the same year. The song became a hit, reaching No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The song is a beautiful and heartfelt love ballad that describes the reasons why the singer loves his partner. The lyrics highlight the small but significant things that make their love special, such as the way they smile or the sound of their voice. The melody is gentle and sweet, adding to the romantic ambiance of the song.

Jim Reeves' rendition of "I Love You Because" is widely considered one of the best versions of the song. His smooth and expressive vocals perfectly capture the emotion and tenderness of the lyrics, making the song a timeless classic.

Over the years, "I Love You Because" has been covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Perry Como. The song's beautiful melody and heartfelt lyrics have made it a favorite among fans of classic love songs, and it remains a beloved classic today.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up bass up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, D7, G, A7, E, E7
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4. Moonlight And Roses

moonlight and roses jim reeves

Moonlight And Roses is a popular song written by Edwin Lemare, Ben Black, and Neil Moret. Jim Reeves recorded the song in 1964, and it was released as a single the same year. The song became a hit, reaching No. 14 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

The song is a romantic ballad that describes a couple's night together under the moonlight and roses. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of the couple enjoying each other's company while surrounded by the beauty of nature. The melody is gentle and soothing, adding to the romantic ambiance of the song.

Jim Reeves' rendition of "Moonlight and Roses" is widely regarded as one of the best versions of the song. His smooth and expressive vocals perfectly capture the mood and emotion of the lyrics, making the song a timeless classic.

Over the years, "Moonlight and Roses" has been covered by many artists, including Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Engelbert Humperdinck. The song's romantic theme and beautiful melody continue to make it a favorite among fans of classic love songs.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st is original key
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G7, F, Adim, Dm7, D/G#, A7, D7
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5. Welcome To My World

welcome to my world jim reeves

Welcome To My World is a great number that was written by John Hathcock, Ray Winkler, and Jim Reeves himself. Jim Reeves recorded the song in 1962, and it was released as a single later that year. The song became a hit, reaching No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song is a warm invitation to the listener to enter the world of the singer, where everything is peaceful, gentle, and full of love. The lyrics describe a beautiful and tranquil world where there are no worries or troubles, and where the singer and the listener can find happiness together. The melody is simple and soothing, and it perfectly complements the heartfelt lyrics.

"Welcome to My World" has become a classic and is considered one of Jim Reeves' signature songs. It has been covered by many artists over the years, including Dean Martin, Eddy Arnold, and Elvis Presley. The song's timeless message of love and acceptance has made it a favorite of listeners around the world, and it continues to be played and enjoyed to this day.

It can be found on his album "A Touch Of Velvet" from 1962.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, F, G, D7
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