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About the video
Jim Eanes performs "Don't Stop Now"
About the artist
In one source, we saw his name as James Robert Eanes while another said his
name was Homer Robert Eanes. He was a native of Danville, Virginia. His father
was known as "Uncle Bob" Eanes in the Mountain Valley tobacco belt of Virginia.
He was the third of seven children, having four brothers and two sisters.
When he was very young, six months as a matter of fact, he had an accident. It
seems he fell from his high chair and into the fireplace. That fall injured his left
hand so badly they thought he wouldn't be able to use it again. But sometimes
determination wins out. That accident and the resulting scars on his hand were
the butt of kids jokes in their teasing. But it only seemed to give Jim more resolve
through the tears. He wanted to be as good as his dad playing the banjo.
He got his first guitar when he was nine years old and in a couple of years, he
was playing at square dances and social events, sometimes even getting paid
for his performances.
When he was fourteen, he had an operation to remove the scar tissue on his
hand. It didn't slow him though as he was beginning to sing and discovered he
had a 'style'.
When 1951 came, Jim formed his band, the Shenandoah Valley Boys and also
got a recording contract with the Blue Ridge Recording Company for six records.
His first hit with them was the war classic, "Missing In Action". Next, he signed with
Capitol Records and had a hit with "Baby Blue Eyes", a song that showed he
could not only sing, but write a good tune, too.
He continued to make personal appearances on country shows with artists such
as Carl Smith, Don Reno, Benny Martin, Bill Monroe and others. Troy Martin,
who was part of the Driftwood Publishing Company at one time, got Jim a
contract with the Decca record label in January of 1952. It was about that time,
he recorded a tune called "Rose Garden Waltz", which was written by Ruth
Keener with Dickie Morris assisting on the arrangement. Ruth was a polio victim
that lived in Montgomery, Alabama. Jim liked to lend a hand to songwriters who
were trying to get their songs placed. But that wasn't all that happened to Jim
that year. It seems that Ruby "Dickie" Morris became Mrs. Eanes in July of 1952.
On January 18 of 1955, they had a son, James Robert Eanes.
He appeared on numerous radio stations in his career, over 50 of them. Some of
WMVA, Martinsville, Virginia
WBDJ, Roanoke, Virginia
WBTM, Danville, Virginia
WBOB, Galax, Virginia
WNOX, Knoxville, Tennessee
WSM, Nashville, Tennessee
WJWS, South Hill
WPAQ, Mt. Airy, North Carolina
WHEE, Martinsville, Virginia
In 1957, he was at WHEE, where he was making his home. On Friday and
Saturday nights he worked the dance for the local VFW hall. He formed a fan
club on January 18, 1955.
By the late 1950s, he was recording on the Starday record label. By 1957, he
had made 56 recordings, with his latest back then being "Don't Go Looking For
Trouble" b/w "It's A Shame". Other tunes he had recorded included, "YOur Old
Stand-by" b/w "Don't Stop Now"; "Walk Slowly" b/w "No Need To Be So Lonely";
"Christmas Doll" b/w "It Won't Seem Like Christmas"; "Blue Sunday" b/w "Don't
Make Me Ashamed"; "Tow Hearts Are Better Than One" b/w "Settle Down". In
1959, he released "Road That's Walked By Fools" b/w "Orchids Of Love".