Jim's big smash hit "I Love You Because,"
which became popular all over Europe. He performed it everywhere
he went, including live during a show in Oslo, Norway in April
1964. A videotape of that splendid concert has been enjoyed in
bootleg form by fans in recent years. Plus Norwegian television
has rebroadcast it as recently as August 1999. The song, written
by blind songwriter Leon Payne, not only showed off Jim's vocal
prowess, but his willingness to embrace an unconventional artist
as well. Amazingly, it features a harp -- unheard of on a country
record, but just another example of how Jim Reeves was so far
ahead of his time.
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