"Beatin' on the Ding Dong" / "My Ramblnng Heart" (Abbott)
6' (1.83 m)
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[on his popularity as a singer] Maybe it's just that I sound as if I enjoy what I'm doing. I don't work too hard at it. I never press. I just go on doing what I enjoy doing, and if other people like it I'm glad. After all, this is the only life we get. We just come through here once and I believe in making it a satisfying experience.
The last song Jim ever recorded at RCA's Studio B was Don Gibson
's "Can't Stop Loving You", on July 2, 1964. It came at the end of a very lengthy recording session, and was a "throw-in" - a song that was not originally scheduled to be part of the session. When some time was left over, Jim himself suggested it - he had said publicly he thought it was the best country song ever written. Among other...