Estate of Denial: It’s a Nashville saga worthy of its own country music song.

“Gentleman” Jim Reeves was a velvet-voiced country crooner famous for his tuxedos, his clean-cut good looks and lovelorn lyrics such as: “Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone.”

He died in a fiery Brentwood plane crash in 1964 at the age of 39.

Today, the fate of potentially millions of dollars in current and future royalties from his singing career remains in question.