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The cast list includes such famous Nashville artists as Ray Walker as Judas, George Jones as Pilate, an Elder, and Old Man, David Cobb as Scribe, and Alex Zanetis as Jesus. On Jim's recording only the first and last verses, and the refrain were sung.
Probably quite a few visitors to this website have seen the 1973 movie "Jesus Christ Superstar" or have listened to the soundtrack.
Very few people know that a former Jim Reeves song writer, Alex Zanetis ( of "I'm Gonna Change Everything" and "Guilty" fame) wrote the words and composed the music of another contemporary musical dramatization of the life of Jesus Christ.
On the Bear Family Jim Reeves 16 CD boxed set you'll find the song "Near The Cross", a song which is very well suited to be listened to today. We are happy to announce that indeed it can be obtained on DVD. The website contains some interesting pages on the history of that show, and a video of a press conference in Nashville, with Jimmy Dean's widow, two persons who were responsible for the restoration project, and Bill Anderson.
Jim Reeves recorded the song for his private use, probably at KRGI in Henderson, Tx., around 1947. It got included in a 4 DVD disc release of "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW, Season 1". To our surprise the RFD-TV Channel showed the episode of "The Jimmy Dean Show" in which Jimmy Dean's guests are Eydie Gorme, Jim Reeves, Buck, Smitty & The Virginians, comedians Don Adams, Pat Mc Cormick, and Jim Henson's Muppet Rowlf the Dog.