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Jim Reeves' music royalties at issue in trial
Trial to begin in Tenn. over music royalties of country singer Jim Reeves 50 years after death
By The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ' A trial over how music royalties of the late country singer "Gentleman" Jim Reeves should be split is set to begin this week.

Reeves was a country music sensation when he died nearly 50 years ago in a plane crash at the age of 39.

The two-day trial that begins Monday will focus on how much Terry Davis, who married Reeves' widow, should receive from royalties of up to $400,000 a year, The Tennessean reported (http://tnne.ws/w4mgtF).

Reeves is best known for the lyric, "Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone," but he stayed on the charts from 1970 through 1984 because of how his widow, Mary Reeves Davis, managed his posthumous career.

Terry Davis has been locked in a battle with Reeves' nephew and niece since Mary Reeves Davis died in 1999.

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