By Stephen L. Betts
Filed under: Legends, Country News, R.I.P.
Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Jack Greene
, best known for such hits as "There Goes My Everything" and "Statue of a Fool," died Thursday (March 14) at his Nashville home due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.
Born and raised in Maryville, Tenn., in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Greene learned to play guitar when he was barely 10 years old and got his first radio job as a teenager. At 18, he was appearing on the Tennessee Barn Dance on WNOX in Knoxville. He then moved to Atlanta, and toured throughout the South with the Peach Street Cowboys. Greene first came to national prominence as drummer in country legend Ernest Tubb
's band, the Texas Troubadours.