1933 – 2007
Born in Sparta, North Carolina, Franklin Delano Reeves, the youngest of 11 brothers spent much of his youth singing at social functions and local radio stations.
“I had four brothers in World War II and when they left home they left their old guitars lying around. I got to playing around with them and little by little, learned to play.”
After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he wound up in California and had some success appearing on several TV shows and by the late 1960s, Del had his own syndicated TV show, The Del Reeves Country Carnival. He also appeared in 8 movies, including Sam Whiskey, starring Burt Reynolds and Clint Walker.
He joined the Opry in 1966 and during his 40 years there, he was hailed as one of its best entertainers because of his comic timing. In addition to music, he did impressions of stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Cash and Walter Brennan.
"I want to be remembered as a
great showman and a nice guy,"
Del Reeves - 1988 interview.
Reeves died on New Year’s
Day 2007 in Nashville, Tenn., after an extended illness.
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