Jack Greene Dies: Country Superstar Loses Battle To Alzheimer's at 83 [REPORT]
Jack Greene, the country music sensation known for hits such as "Statue of a Fool," "Wanting You (But Never Having You)" and "All The Time," died at the age of 83. Jack Green officially passed away on Thursday after losing a long- and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Jack Greene was perhaps best known as the "Jolly Greene Giant" because of his iconic smile and his tall stature. Greene started his musical career at an extremely young age, at about 10, and by the time Jack Greene had become a teenager, he was already playing music on local radio stations. Jack Greene was a natural when it came to music. He played in a variety of bands and a variety of instruments that included bass, drums and guitar. He was in groups such as the Cherokee Trio, Rhythm Ranch Boys and Peach Tree Cowboys over his multi-decade career. In the end, Jack Greene always stuck to what he knew best, and that was folk and country music.
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"I've been singing and playing music since I was about 10 years old when my mother started teaching me the guitar. The first song I ever learned was the "Wildwood Flower." I've been picking and grinnin' ever since," said Jack Greene in an intimate interview with Country Star Central back in 2008.
During the interview with Country Star Central, Jack Greene was incredibly open and honest about his experience as a country music star on the road. "I love to be on stage and hear the audience respond to my performance, I guess that's the best feeling for an artist. I also love to meet the fans and hear what they have to say about which part of the show they enjoyed the most. Its fun to listen to them talk about when they first came to see me and that they are still coming out 40 years later. I love my fans and really appreciate their support over the years," said Jack Greene.
Jack Greene's long and storied career is hard to track, even for the most dedicated fans. In 1962, he started playing for Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours as a drummer. Greene, who was also a mechanic in the Army, was able to repair the band's tour bus when it broke down according to a report from USA Today.
"When Greene's second charting single, 'There Goes My Everything,' topped the country charts for two months in 1967, the singer left Tubb's band with the promise that he could always return to his spot behind the drums if things didn't work out," reports Brian Mansfield for USA Today.
The gamble worked out incredibly well for Jack Greene. He inevitably got the single "There Goes My Everything," one of his most famous, to top the country music charts in 1967. He also won several Country Music Awards that year for the album that featured "There Goes My Everything."
Jack Greene was a popular musician at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee even later in his career. Jack Greene began to struggle with Alzeihmer's disease during the last few years of his life, but up until December 2011, he continued to perform at the Opry.
Here's a look back on some of Jack Greene's greatest hits:
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