Del Reeves

Country Singer

Del Reeves was born on July 14th, 1932 in Sparta, North Carolina, United States and is the Country Singer from United States. Discover Del Reeves's biography, age, height, physical stats, dating/affair, family, hobbies, education, career updates, and networth at the age of 74 years old.

Other Names / Nick Names
Franklin Delano Reeves
Date of Birth
July 14, 1932
United States
Place of Birth
Sparta, North Carolina, United States
Death Date
Jan 1, 2007 (age 74)
Zodiac Sign
Singer, Singer-songwriter
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Appalachian State College, Boone, North Carolina
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About Del Reeves

Franklin Delano Reeves (July 14, 1932 – January 1, 2007) was an American country music singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the 1960s including "Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern Bell".

He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem, "Looking at the World Through a Windshield", which demonstrated he was capable of more than just novelty songs.

He became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s.

Early life

Reeves was born in Sparta, North Carolina, United States, the youngest of 11 children. He was named after U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While his older brothers served in World War II, Reeves learned how to play their musical instruments. By age 12, Reeves began performing on the Merry Go Round Show on local radio station WPAQ.

After high school, Reeves briefly attended Appalachian State College (now University). He later enlisted in the United States Air Force, stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.

Music career

After completing his military service, Reeves began performing regularly on Chester Smith's radio show on Modesto station KTRB around 1955. Reeves made his first rockabilly recordings with Capitol Records from 1957 to 1958.

In 1958, Reeves began hosting a television variety show on Stockton station KOVR.

In 1961, Reeves signed with Decca Records and recorded the song that would become his first charting single, "Be Quiet Mind". Moving to Nashville in 1962, Reeves and wife Ellen Schiell co-wrote "Sing a Little Song of Heartache", a top five hit for Rose Maddox that year.

After stints with Reprise Records in 1963 and Columbia Records in 1964, Reeves signed with United Artists Records. Reeves became known as "The Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo Kid" for the sound effect he added to his songs.

Under United Artists, he had his first number-one hit with "The Girl on the Billboard" in 1965. His follow-up, "The Belles of the Southern Bell", made the country top five. His success continued throughout the rest of the 1960s. Songs that became hits during this time are "Be Glad" and "Good Time Charlie's". In the late 1960s, he appeared in several Hollywood films, including a starring role in Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers, and a supporting role in Burt Reynolds' first big movie Sam Whiskey.

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

His last big hit was "The Philadelphia Fillies". His career declined in the mid-1970s, and then started to slowly move away from country music, although he recorded some duets with Billie Jo Spears in 1976. He had hit songs on the country chart most years until 1982.

In 1979, Reeves left his musical career to pursue a career as a music executive; he would eventually help Billy Ray Cyrus score his first major record deal. He continued to record in the 1980s on a reduced scale for smaller labels.

Personal life

Reeves married Ellen Schiell in 1956 at the Stanislaus County fair in California; they had three children. Reeves died of emphysema on January 1, 2007 at his home in Centerville, Tennessee.