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23 Jan 14 Treasured Texas Song To Be Honored By Nashville

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This month marks 50 years since the original release of “Welcome To My World” in the United States by the great Jim Reeves. 50 years later, the standard will be honored in Nashville.Jim Reeves

A celebration is planned at the Grand Ole Opry for tomorrow, with Texas native Charley Pride performing “Welcome To My World.” Mr. Pride released the song on his CD, “A Tribute to Jim Reeves.”

Jim Reeves released the single in January 1964. It climbed to number two on the Billboard country chart. It stayed in the Top Ten for 26 weeks and on the charts a total of 46 weeks. It was denied the top spot by Lefty Frizzell’s “Saginaw, Michigan.”

“Welcome To My World” is certainly considered a country music standard with more than 2 million air plays to date. It has been used in countless movies, commercials, TV shows, and has been recorded by more than 150 artists. Among the most recent recordings are Ray Price’s “Welcome To My World: The Love Songs,” Steve Wariner’s “My Tribute to Chet Atkins,” Raul Malo “After Hours,” and a duet with Anna Wilson and Matt Dusk on “Countrypolitan Duets.”

The song was written by the great duo, Ray Winkler and John Hathcock. Jim Reeves was going to record another song by the BMI duo, “Somebody Mentioned Your Name,” before his untimely death.

Neillrae Music of Dallas owns split publishing of “Welcome To My World” with Sony/ATV.

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