Jack Greene

  • Born: January 7, 1930
  • Died: March 14, 2013
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee

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Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with the hit "There Goes My Everything," has died in Nashville at 83.

Country music singer dies in Nashville at 83

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with the hit "There Goes My Everything," has died in Nashville at 83.

The song showed off his deep voice, made him a star and earned him the single of the year and male vocalist of the year awards from the Country Music Association in 1967.

Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said Friday that Greene died in his sleep Thursday night at home from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Greene performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry beginning in 1967.

His other hits, mostly in the late 1960s, included "All the Time," ''Are My Treasure," ''Until My Dreams Come True," ''What Locks the Door" and "Statue of a Fool."

He was nominated for a Grammy award three straight years.

"There was a whirlwind of events," he recalled in a 1992 Associated Press interview. "I'd go from one town to another, one radio station to another, one event to another. It was the highlight of my career."

His "There Goes My Everything" even spawned a competing pop version by Englebert Humperdinck.

"I had letters by the thousands from people who had lost loved ones," he said about the reaction to his song. "It touched a lot of people's lives."

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Greene recorded duet hits with Jeannie Seely including, "Wish I Didn't Have to Miss You."

He was a native of Maryville, Tenn., where he started in radio at WGAP. He was a singer-guitarist who played bass and drums in various groups, then got his break when Country Music Hall of Famer Ernest Tubb hired him to be drummer for his band in the early 1960s.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We'll miss Jack, a true country gentleman who was a friend and encouragement to so many.

Posted by Dan Carlson - Waconia,, MN - Fan and Friend   March 23, 2013

God Bless Jack Greene and his family. Loved his music....his songs will stand the test of time.

Posted by Doug Romeiser - Nashville, TN - Fan   March 21, 2013

Loved Jack -so sorry for the loss of a great man

Posted by Roger and Betty Holmes - Hendersonville, TN - Friend   March 19, 2013

"The world has lost a TRUE Country Gentleman. To get to know Jack Greene was a blessing and an honor. I will always cherish the time I spent with him. I hope and pray that one day the world will realize exactly what kind of treasure this man was and the impact he made on so many lives, including mine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this time of sorrow. Bless you all and thank you GOD for allowing me the honor to say .... "I knew Jack Greene!"

Posted by Scott Smart - Plum Branch, SC - Friend   March 18, 2013

I would like very much to know the funeral arrangements of such a wonderful music man. please give my regards to the family and contact me with the arrangements at 706-499-3002. Thank you and God bless.

Posted by Stanley H. Powell - Calhoun Falls, SC - cousins   March 18, 2013

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Jack, Cuz...We've touched every gravel in North America...I remember them all...n I remember us sitting in the Pizza Inn in Maryville, Tn. talking over 3 hours...those kind of things we're better than the show dates...you would wear that ball cap to cut down the recognizer factory...those were the times buddy...those were the times...R.I.P.

Posted by Raymond Walker - Great Smokey Mountains, TN - Cousin   March 17, 2013

Growing up, I had hoped to see Jack Greene. I saved and did. He was just as good as I'd heard on radio/tv. I just cannot express the joy his singing brought me.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Kim Swain - Raleigh, NC   March 17, 2013

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So sorry another great country music singer has passed away. Myself and my family loved hearing all his songs over and over again. I seen him several times at the Grand Old Opry and even got his autograph which I will always cherish. It will not be the same without him.
I deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Judy - Cincinnati, OH - Fan and Friend   March 16, 2013

Sorry to hear that Jack passed away!! Another legend is gone, and will add his voice to the angels band!!

Posted by Leigh Howell - Edinburgh Scotland - Not related   March 16, 2013

WE ARE SO VERY SORRY IN THE PASSING OF JACK GREEN FROM OUR EARTHLY WORLD, BUT
WE ARE ASSURED THAT HE IS REJOICING WITH HIS SAVIOUR IN HEAVEN, AS THIS WAS HIS
TESTIMONY WHILE HERE ON EARTH...FOR US THAT REMAIN, REMEMBER THAT 'OUR GOD REIGNS" SEE YOU THERE IN GLORY...BLESSINGS

Posted by SHARI KORMAN - LAKE HAVASU CITY, , AZ - SPIRITUAL SISTER IN CHRIST   March 16, 2013

So sorry to hear that Jack has passed away always loved to hear him sing at the opry. Loved his song Statue of a fool. It wont be the same without him. My condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Debbie German - Dalton, GA - a big fan of Jack's   March 16, 2013

R.I.P. Jack and Thank You for being one of my Honky Tonk teacher's..Jerry J. Thomas

Posted by Jerry J Thomas - Crossville, TN - Student   March 16, 2013

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Thank you for all the wonderful musical memories..The Country Music Hall of Fame made a great unjustice to a man who belonged there about 25 or 30 years ago..But Jack you will alway's be a Hall of Famer in the hearts of the people that truly love real country music..And now you sing with the greatest band of all,the heavenly choir..RIP and you will never be forgotten..Jerry J. Thomas and wife Jaye..

Posted by Jerry J Thomas - Crossville, TN   March 16, 2013

Sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Comfort to all of his family and friends...

Posted by Ken Hatfield - Green Bay, VA - Friend   March 16, 2013

Death came to a good man as it does all men but none left a greater empty spot in country music....We will remember and sing your songs for many years, Jack....vaga con dios

Posted by Alice Irvin - Holdenville,, OK - Not related    March 16, 2013

Jack --you give me a lot of good memories--saw you many times and always stopped by when I was in Franklin on business--God Bless good man---Tom---Calif.

Posted by Tom Cartwright - Fullerton,., CA - friend & fan   March 16, 2013

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TO ALL OF THE GREENE FAMILY AND FRIENDS; WE SEND OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO ALL OF YOU, ON THE LOSS OF A WONDERFUL COUNTRY SINGER. THANK YOU FOR MANY YEARS OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS YOU ALL. NOW YOU HAVE YOUR OWN SPECIAL SINGING ANGEL IN HEAVEN. NORM AND WILMA DELARM

Posted by NORM AND WILMA - Jackson, CA - no   March 16, 2013

Sorry to hear of Mr. Greene's passing, I have enjoyed his music for many many years. He was the real deal for sure. Loved all his music. May the good LORD help his family at this time.

Posted by Bill Ledford - Piney Flats, TN - Not related   March 15, 2013

Leave a message in Jack's Guestbook. "Sorry to hear of the death of Jack Green loved your song."

Anna M. Donnelly Terre Haute, IN March 15, 2013

Posted by Anna M Donnelly - Terre Haute, IN - not related   March 15, 2013

I am sorry to hear of Jack's death. Sure loved his songs never got to meet him in person but
loved to hear him sing.

Posted by Faye Moore - Fayetteville, AR - not related   March 15, 2013


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Jack Greene, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with the hit "There Goes My Everything," has died in Nashville at 83.

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Sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Comfort to all of his family and friends...
R.I.P. Jack and Thank You for being one of my Honky Tonk teacher's..Jerry J. Thomas
We'll miss Jack, a true country gentleman who was a friend and encouragement to so many.