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  • Jan 18, 1953
    Jim Reeves records his first charted single, "Mexican Joe," at the KWKH Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana
    May 23, 1953
    Jim Reeves' "Mexican Joe" owns the top spot in the Billboard country chart
    Mar 16, 1954
    Jim Reeves records "Penny Candy" at Shreveport's KWKH Radio
    Jan 31, 1955
    Jim Reeves and Abbott Records chief Fabor Robison tangle with a handgun in a Los Angeles recording studio, with Reeves ultimately demanding his release from the label. Nearly three weeks later, Abbott announces Reeves is leaving
    Feb 19, 1955
    Fabor Robison announces he's given Jim Reeves his release from Abbott Records in exchange for all of Reeves' future Abbott royalties. The announcement comes not quite three weeks after the two argued in the recording studio with a handgun
    Feb 2, 2012
    The Oxford University Press and the Country Music Hall of Fame publish the second edition of "The Encyclopedia Of Country Music," with a foreword by Vince Gill. Entries start with Abbott Records and end with Joe Zinkan

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