Sunday Music – Distant Drums

Posted on Sun 07/26/2015 by


Today’s music video is Distant Drums and the song is performed here by the American singer Jim Reeves.

Link to Video at You Tube

This video was posted to You Tube by Tibbo

During the time I have been contributing these Sunday Music Posts, I have often mentioned that there is music across all the years which is good. Each of us comes to our own appreciation of music, and that usually happens around the time you start High School, sometimes a little earlier. For me that was in 1963/64, and that was just at the time when The Beatles started out with their string of Monster hits, virtually with every song they released. At the same time, other bands and singers also came to the fore, mainly from the UK, and here in Australia, we took our misc leads from the UK. There was such a bewildering amount of new music at that time, virtually on a daily basis, and as young teenagers, we loved it all. This was what we called ‘our music’. It wasn’t from our parents era, and, in the main, our parents were probably not all that keen on it, which sort of made it doubly appealing, you know, the first time as children we could show some independence of thought of our own.

By 1966, that music era, now dubbed The British Invasion was in full overdrive. As teenagers, we identified with the music which we called our own, and virtually blotted out everything else, so now looking back on it, it’s surprising to see that even during those heady times, other music was also popular.

As teenagers at that time, we wouldn’t be seen dead liking anything with a Country Music flavour, and that’s why this song I have chosen today comes as such a surprise really.

Over the years, starting in the early 60’s, I gathered a pretty large collection Of Long Play Vinyl records, and I still have them all, around 400 or so of them. These days, playing music is not what it used to be. Then, you had to get out the record player, set it up, find the album, carefully remove it and play it, and then put it back. So, over the years, for me, playing those records became a thing which I never really got around to doing. Yet I still kept them all, and I’m not sure why, probably just the satisfaction of actually having them there.

Around eight or nine years back now, I actually converted them all to digital, so I can now play them on numerous media with little problem, just from the USB stick, or from their own dedicated Hard Drive I have for my music, just start up the media player, and make a selection.

JimReevesDistantDrumsIn that ten Month process of doing the conversion, at the same time, I also asked my good lady wife if I could also convert some of her LP’s as well. She had a collection of around a dozen Jim Reeves albums in her also relatively large collection. During the process of that conversion, I realised what a wonderful voice he had, and some of his songs, well, nearly all of them really, were in fact timeless. As well as burning her up some compact disks with those Jim Reeves songs on them, I also saved quite a number of them to my own Hard Drive as well.

Looking back on those songs, it was surprising to see that he was polular for some years after he was taken from us in 1964.

One of those songs is the one I have featured today, Distant Drums, and what is most surprising about that song is that it was a huge hit for Jim in the UK in 1966, and in fact spent five weeks at Number One on the National Charts in the UK. Keep in mind that this was at the absolute zenith of the popularity of The Beatles, and just saying that this was at their zenith, they just kept on going upwards from there. kept on just getting better and better, and releasing music that also just got better and better.

So, here we have what is the absolute biggest band in the World, and this Jim Reeves songs spends more time at Number One than individual Beatles songs did in that same year, and in their own Country, an astounding feat, also considering that Gentleman Jim had been dead for two years.

This song was written by renowned Country Music songwriter Cindy Walker, and while Roy Orbison had released it as a Single as far back as 1963, the Jim Reeves version, recorded in that same year was not picked up by his recording Company. The Jim Reeves version was probably originally only intended as a private version for the song’s composer Cindy Walker, but two years after he died, it was overdubbed with an orchestral backing and released. It was a surprising, and huge hit in the UK, as I mentioned, but on top of the time it spent at Number One, it spent an overall 45 weeks in the Singles Charts there.

It just proves that really good music is in fact timeless, and can be immensely popular no matter what it is competing against.

I also mentioned that even though the song was a huge hit at the time, I cannot recall it from that year of release, further proving that as you come to an appreciation of the music you identify with (at that time) you seemingly just ignore everything else, and it’s only later in life when your appreciation of music refines even further, you find that good music is good, no matter what time period it comes from, and no matter what genre that music is from.

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