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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Jack Greene born 7 January 1930

Jack Henry Greene (January 7, 1930 – March 14, 2013) was an American country musician. Nicknamed the "Jolly Greene Giant" due to his height and deep voice, Greene was a long time member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Greene was born in Maryville, Tennessee and learned to play guitar when he was ten years old. His first involvement with the music industry came when he was still a teenager, working as a disc jockey at radio station WGAP in Maryville.
By the age of 18, Greene was a regular on the Tennessee Barn Dance show on WNOX (Knoxville, Tennessee). In the early 1950s he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he formed his own band, The Peach Tree Boys. Greene was lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist for the group for eight years. In 1959, he moved back to Tennessee and settled in Nashville and formed another band, The Tennessee Mountain Boys. A major career break came Greene's way in 1961 when his band served as the opening act for Ernest Tubb. Impressed, Tubb asked Greene to become a part of his backing band, the Texas Troubadors in 1962.
For the next few years, Jack Greene was a drummer, guitarist, vocalist, and master of ceremonies for the Troubadors' performances. He soon began serving as opening act on a regular basis for Tubb, as well as playing in the band. In 1964, Jack released his first solo record with The Last Letter. Another single, Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me), followed in 1965 but failed to make the Country music charts, having the bad luck to come out at the same time as Ray Price's version. Tubb encouraged Jack Greene to leave the Texas Troubadors and pursue a solo career.

Greene's first Top 40 hit came in early 1966 with Ever Since My Baby Went Away, peaking at #37. Later that year, Decca released what would become his signature song, There Goes My Everything. The song reached #1 and stayed on top of the Country charts for 7 weeks while becoming a crossover hit; the album stayed No. 1 for an entire year. In 1967, he received the prestigious awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year from the Country Music Association. In all, he recorded nine number one country hits on various charts including 5 number one Billboard hits.
In 1969, he had 2 number 1 hits with Until My Dreams Come True and Statue of a Fool. He completed the year out with the Top 5 Back In The Arms Of Love. It was also in 1967 that Jack Greene became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He became an Opry mainstay, performing there frequently each year until his health failed.
In 1970, Greene gained a duet and a touring partner in Jeannie Seely. Together they had three Country hits including Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You, which reached #2 on the charts and became Greene's last top ten hit. Jack and Jeannie's stage show became one of the biggest touring acts during the 1970s. Jack continued to have both solo hits and duets with Seely.
Decca became MCA Records in the early 1970s but Greene kept on having chart success with Satisfaction (1973), I Need Somebody Bad (1973), and It's Time To Cross That Bridge (1974). Afterwards, his chart success declined rapidly as another song in 1974 and one song in 1975 were minor hits, and he was dropped by MCA Records in 1976.
Jack Greene enjoyed a brief comeback with the Frontline Records label in 1980 as the song Yours For The Taking peaked at #28 on the Country charts. The song would be Greene's last in the Country Top Forty. He achieved several more minor hits however on Frontline and then on EMH and Step One Records. He continued to tour regularly and appear on the Grand Ole Opry; 2007 marked his 40th anniversary with the Opry.
Greene continued to record sporadically in the 2000s including the duet You Have Won My Heart with Santana Maria. However, it failed to chart. Greene recorded his final studio album Precious Memories, Treasured Friends in 2010. An album of duets, it featured fellow Country stars like Lorrie Morgan and George Jones.

In failing health, Greene retired from performing in 2011. He died on March 14, 2013 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(Info edited from Wikipedia)


boppinbob said...

For “The Best Of Jack Greene” go here:

01 All the Time
02 There Goes My Everything
03 Statue Of A Fool
04 What Locks The Door
05 Back In The Arms Of Love
06 Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You
07 There's A Whole Lot About A Woman
08 Satisfaction
09 Love Takes Care Of Me
10 It's Time To Cross That Bridge
11 Much Oblige
12 Something Unseen
13 I Need Somebody Bad
14 Together Again
15 Ever Since My Baby Went Away
16 The Whole World Comes To Me
17 Almost Persuaded
18 The Hurt's On Me
19 If This Is Love
20 A Wound Time Can't Erase
21 Make the World Go Away
22 Here Comes My Baby
23 Tender Years
24 Don't You Ever Get Tired
25 You Are My Treasure
26 Makin' Up His Mind
27 Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep
28 What in the World Has Gone Wrong
29 He Little Thing'd Her Out Of My Arms
30 Walking On New Grass

A big thank you to Maria @ El Rancho blog for link.

Pudge said...

Great artist. Thanks Bob.