The powerful and distinctive voice of Roy Orbison recorded "Distant Drums" (Cindy Walker) in 1963. Yes, he probably was my favourite singer ever.
Jim Reeves had his only number one U.K. hit with "Distant Drums" two years after his death in 1964 at the same time he topped the Billboard country chart. The tune was originally not issued during the singer's lifetime by RCA because they had no faith in the session. "Distant Drums" became the album title and the opening track on the release in 1966. The former radio announcer was a pilot and died in a private plane crash during a thunderstorm at the age of 40.