"Golden Memories" (Columbia)
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 recording he made was in his private studio at his home in Madison, Tennessee, on July 29, 1964, two days before his death. The song was "I'm A Hit Again", which he co-wrote with Ray Baker. The recording is simply Jim singing and playing an acoustical guitar, with no studio amplification or enhancement. The song was not released commercially until 2003, when "Voicemasters" released it on...