The “Jolly Green Giant” is no more.
Country music fans haven’t heard a whole lot from Jack Greene in many years, but old-school aficionados remember him as the tall, deep voiced Grand Ole Opry singer who was nicknamed the “Jolly Green Giant.” Yesterday, the Grand Ole Opry announced that Greene passed away March 15 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. He was 83.
Greene was born in 1930 in Maryville, Tennessee, and spent his entire adult life playing country music, starting on local radio as a teenager, and eventually joining Ernest Tubbs’ Texas Troubadours as a drummer and guitarist before finally launching out as a solo act. The pinnacle of Greene’s career was arguably in 1966-1967, when his signature hit “There Goes My Everything” caused him to sweep the first-ever CMA Awards, earning “Single of the Year”, “Album of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the year.” Greene went on to release some 16 albums, topping the country charts five times and earning three Grammy nominations. Even after his popularity waned in the mid-1970s, Greene continued to appear on the Grand Ole Opry for many years, and celebrated his 40th anniversary with the organization in 2007.
In honor of his legacy, I’ve posted Jack Greene’s iconic single “There Goes My Everything,” which by the way has been since covered by more than 100 artists. RIP, Jack. You will be missed.