If you started listening to country music with the new Traditionalists of the mid-80s, you might not have heard of Jack Greene. Even if you go to watching Buck and Roy on Hee Haw, Greene’s name might not be a familiar one. However, Greene, who passed away on March 14th after suffering from Alzheimer’s, was one of country’s top singers during the sixties.
After being a prime member of Ernest Tubb’s backing band, the Texas Troubadours, Greene graduated to being Tubb’s opening act. Greene’s first big hit was “There Goes My Everything,” which spent several weeks at #1 in 1966. He won 1967’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year at the first-ever CMA. He topped the Country charts four more times in the Sixties with “All The Time,” “You Are My Treasure,” “Until My Dreams Come True,” and “Statue Of A Fool.” Teaming up with Jeannie Seely in 1970, the pair scored a couple more hits, with the biggest being “Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You.” While he starting to slip off the radio radio in the mid-Seventies, he continued to tour and play the Opry until poor health made him retire in 2011.