Del Reeves mural by Scott Nurkin

Del Reeves, born in 1932 in Sparta, North Carolina, developed a passion for music in his youth and learned to play the guitar. After serving in the United States Army, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Signing with Decca Records in 1962, Reeves found success with hits like "Girl on the Billboard" in 1965, establishing himself as a prominent figure in country music. Known for his smooth baritone voice and catchy melodies, he continued to produce hits throughout the 1960s and 1970s, captivating audiences with his energetic live performances. Despite personal struggles, including battles with alcoholism, Reeves remained dedicated to his music until his passing in 2007, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the country music industry.

I want to be remembered as a great showman and a nice guy. That's all I
could hope for.


Del Reeves was born on July 14, 1932, in Sparta, North Carolina, and was raised in a musical family. He developed a passion for music at an early age, inspired by the sounds of country, bluegrass, and gospel that surrounded him. In his teenage years, he learned to play the guitar and began performing at local venues.

In 1951, Reeves joined the United States Army, where he continued to pursue his musical interests by performing in Army bands. After completing his military service, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in the late 1950s to pursue a career in country music.

Reeves signed with Decca Records in 1962, and his career took off with the release of his debut single, "Be Quiet Mind," which became a moderate hit. However, it was his 1965 single "Girl on the Billboard" that catapulted him to stardom. The song reached the top of the country charts and became his signature tune.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Reeves continued to churn out hits, including "The Belles of the Southern Bell," "Looking at the World Through a Windshield," and "Good Time Charlie's." His smooth baritone voice and catchy melodies endeared him to country music fans across the nation.

In addition to his successful recording career, Reeves was also known for his energetic live performances. He toured extensively and became a favorite on the country music circuit.

Despite facing personal struggles and challenges throughout his life, including battles with alcoholism, Del Reeves remained dedicated to his music. He continued to perform and record into the 1980s and 1990s, although his commercial success waned.

Del Reeves passed away on January 1, 2007, leaving behind a legacy of memorable music and performances. He is remembered as a talented musician who left an indelible mark on the country music industry with his distinctive voice and timeless songs.

The Girl On The Billboard

 Del Reeves  was known for his love of practical jokes and pranks. On tour, he would often play light-hearted tricks on his fellow musicians and friends, keeping the atmosphere lively and fun. His playful nature added an extra dimension to his persona both on and off the stage, endearing him to fans and colleagues alike.