- Associated Press - Sunday, January 22, 2012

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 ( https://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. His most popular songs included “He’ll Have To Go” and “Welcome To My World.”

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

The case will determine if Terry Davis should receive more than the $100,000 and some land that Mary Reeves Davis left to him. Terry Davis, who was married to Mary Reeves Davis for 30 years, has cited a provision of law allowing spouses an “elective share” of an estate based on how long the marriage lasted..

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