Music Giant Who Worked With Sonny & Cher and Ray Charles Dies After Brief Illness

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November 20, 2018Nov 20, 2018

The sad news was just reported that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Eddie Reeves has passed away. Reeves died on Sunday, November 18 at the age of 79. 

According to Music Row, Reeves passed away in Texas following a "brief illness." The music industry giant had an extremely successful career, working with several different elements of the business. 

In high school, Reeves began writing songs and playing guitar. While at the University of Texas, he formed a band, The Nighthawks, and also recorded two singles for Hamilton Records. 

Following university, Reeves began representing Normal Petty Productions. Later, United Artists hired him for various roles including songwriter, recording artist, and song plugger. 

Throughout his career, Reeves worked with music giants including Billy Edd Wheeler, Andy Kim,  Mac Davis, Cymarron, Tompall Glaser & The Glaser Brothers, and, most notably, Sonny & Cher and Ray Charles. 

In 1974, Reeves became the vice president of Chappell Music. During his time there he signed Jim Ed Norman, before Reeves created his own publishing company, Quixotic Music, while also working on Eddie Reeves Music. 

When Jim Ed Norman became the head of Warner Bros. Records in Nashville, he named Reeves as the manager. Eventually, Eddie became the vice president of that firm. 

Reeves is survived by his wife, Lena, and three children. Please be praying for them as they walk through this difficult time. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, photos are flooding in of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip after the palace's announcement.