Bob Strack had replaced Jim Reeves on 'RED RIVER ROUNDUP' radio program on KWKH after Jim had left Shreveport for Nashville.In late 1955 Bob had moved to KIMO, a 1000 watts radio station in Independence, Missouri.) In 1994 an article in “Orange Coast Magazine” profiled Danielle Kennedy who was a real estate agent and motivational speaker.
She ended, of course, with a quote: “Dance like no one is watching, love like you’ve never been hurt; sing like no one is listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” In 2001 a columnist in a Chapel Hill, North Carolina newspaper discussed the “heaven on earth” variant of the quotation and ascribed the words to the author and speaker William Purkey.
In other words, as disappointing as it may be to learn for those who use our work without permission, the lyric is not in the public domain, but actually a relatively new work “made up” by a couple of hard-working songwriters.
I have seen it attributed to everyone from an unnamed Buddhist Monk, to the great Satchel Paige; but it just isn’t so.
Issue # 149 of the fan club magazine has been put on the mail yesterday.
The magazine features articles about the 60th anniversary of the release of the song "Four Walls", the 1958 Cancer Crusade episode of the ABN THE JIM REEVES SHOW, aired after the regular live program had been cancelled, and about the release of a 4 DVD set of "THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW" and the episode in which Jim Reeves performed a few weeks before his death. The important reference work “The Yale Book of Quotations” has an entry ascribing the lyrics to Clark and Leigh.