Welcome to My World (Jim Reeves song)
"Welcome to My World" is a popular music standard written by Ray Winkler and John Hathcock (1919-2000) and recorded by many artists, most notably Jim Reeves. Though the song is credited to Winkler and Hathcock, the melody was likely written by Eddie McDuff rather than Winkler. A traditional love song, the bridge includes lyrics taken from Matthew 7:7–8 ("Knock and the door will open; seek and you will find; ask and you'll be given ... ," from the Sermon on the Mount).
|"Welcome to My World"|
|Single by Jim Reeves|
|from the album A Touch of Velvet|
|B-side||"Good Morning Self" (U.S.); "My Juanita" (UK)|
|Released||May 1963 (UK); January 1964 (U.S.)|
|Jim Reeves singles chronology|
Jim Reeves versionEdit
The most famous version was performed by country music singer Jim Reeves, whose version was included on his 1962 album A Touch of Velvet. Reeves' version, styled in the then-prevalent Nashville Sound-style, was released as a single in the U.S. in early 1964, and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that spring, and also gained sporadic airplay on pop radio stations, reaching the No. 2 spot on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. The song would become one of Reeves' last major hits in the U.S. during his lifetime, as he was killed in a plane crash on July 31, 1964.
Reeves' version of "Welcome to My World" had been a hit single in the United Kingdom prior to its release as a single in the U.S., peaking at No. 6 in July 1963, and reaching No. 60 on the list of the top 100 best-selling singles of 1963 in the UK.
|UK Singles Chart||6 (1963)|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||2 (1964)|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||2 (1964)|
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- "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1963 [in the U.K.]". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
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