AP, Top Billing Inc., file
January 12, 2007
Grand Ole Opry star Del Reeves, Jan. 1
Del Reeves, a Grand Ole Opry star who sprinkled his performances with humor and hit No. 1 on the country charts in 1965 with the song Girl on the Billboard, died on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in Centerville, Tenn. He was 74. During his 40 years at the Opry, he was hailed as one of its best entertainers because of his comic timing. In addition to his music, he did impressions of stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Cash and Walter Brennan. His Girl on the Billboard sold a million copies and earned him the nickname of the Doodle-Oo-Doo-Doo Kid for the nonsense syllables that he sang with the song's guitar intro. His other hits included The Belles of Southern Bell, Women Do Funny Things to Me, Looking at the World Through a Windshield, Good Time Charlie's, Be Glad and The Philadelphia Fillies.