The Stephenville Music Club met Nov. 12 at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. President Joyce Hillin called the meeting to order, welcoming 17 members, 10 guests and new member, Ann Robinson. Dan DeVivo led the pledges to the United States and Texas Flags and Linda Young led the Club Collect.
Dee Cox, secretary, presented the minutes and Helen Wilson gave the Treasurer’s report. Treasurer Wilson presented a report on the use of club dues, which includes yearbook expenses, facility use and supplies. She also reported the Music Club Scholarship fund issues a $500 scholarship each year in January for the spring semester for a TSU music student.
President Hillin thanked Helen Wilson and Dee Cox for hosting the meeting and Linda Young invited the guests to become members.
Dan DeVivo, program director, gave a short biography of the life and music of Jim Reeves. Jim was born in Galloway, Texas in August of 1923. His father died when he was a baby and his mother raised nine children. He was only 5 years old when he first started playing guitar, and sang on the radio at the age of 12. He became a professional baseball player and was a pitcher with the St Louis Cardinals farm team. After playing for the team for three years, he suffered a severed nerve on the pitching mound, ending his ball career. Jim then began a career as a DJ and sang live between songs. He landed a job as an announcer on KWKH-AM in Shreveport, Louisiana, on the popular “Louisiana Hayride” show and when the emcee was late for a performance, Jim filled in. This was the start of his professional performing career.
Reeves became known as a crooner because of his warm velvety voice. His first hits were “Mexican Joe,” and “Bimbo.” Some of his most remembered songs were “Welcome To My World,” “Am I losing You?” and “Four Walls.” His greatest hit, “He’ll Have to Go,” stayed number one for fourteen consecutive weeks on both the pop and country charts in early 1960. On July 31, 1964, Reeves and his business partner and manager Dean Manuel left Batesville, Arkansas, en route to Nashville in a single-engine aircraft. They encountered a violent thunderstorm and the plane faded from the radar screens. The wreckage was found forty-two hours later near the Nashville airport. Reeves was elected posthumously to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967. In 1998, he was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas, where the Jim Reeves Memorial is located.
Dan then introduced “The Boys” – Jon Young on guitar, Larry Parham on keyboard, Joseph Jackson on electric fiddle and DeVivo, vocalist, who performed “Four Walls,” “Welcome to My World” and “Have You Ever Been Lonely.” Joyce Hillin then joined them on piano and they concluded the program with “Am I Losing You” and “You’ll Have to Go.”
Bill Grisham offered the invocation which was followed by a delicious pot-luck luncheon provided by the hostesses and club members. After the luncheon those able to remain were treated to a “jam” session by Joyce and “The Boys.”
The next meeting of the Stephenville Music Club will be at noon on Dec. 10 in the home of Marion Cole, 432 Tanglewood Trail. Barbara Weatherby will be presenting the program on the life and music of Brenda Lee. Founded in 1933, the Stephenville Music Club continues to bring the spiritualizing force of music to the inner life of the community. For more information on the club and membership, call 965-3117.
The Stephenville Study Club met in the lovely country home of Susan Spindor on Oct. 13. President Nancy Allen called the meeting to order with Joy Taylor leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Beth Lewellen the Club Collect.
Carol Shores, chair of the Conservation Department, introduced the speaker, Todd Vineyard, Earth County Extension Agent. He spoke on water conservation which begins with careful usage of all available rainfall. He pointed out that developing a system of harvesting water from rainfall using storage tanks was helpful for landscape, pets and wildlife. As a result of his program, the club made a monetary donation to the Stephenville Public Library.
Allen thanked the hostesses Susan Spindor, Sunny Harper, Joy Taylor, and Pat Fain who served pumpkin pie and coffee to the 19 ladies present.