His family requests privacy at this time.  After this song came "The Quittin' Kind" and "It's Always Somethin' ", which respectively reached 21 and five on the country charts, and 90 and 57 on the hot 100. Although he initially earned credits toward medical school, he decided against a medical profession after marrying for the first time in 1977 and ultimately dropped out before graduation. The latter of those two songs was Diffie's longest-lasting number one, at four weeks.  Country Standard Time critic George Hauenstein praised the album for containing "songs that are slightly different from [what] those other artists sing. His songs were full of tongue-in-cheek takes on life as a "good ol' boy," like 1994's "Pickup Man," his song about pickup trucks and the men who drive them.  The first three singles from the album all reached the top 10 on the country singles charts: the title track (which Diffie co-wrote) and the Dennis Linde composition "John Deere Green" both peaked at number five, with the number-three "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)" in between. Joe Diffie was born into a musical family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1958. Joe Diffie, a consistent country-music hitmaker throughout the Nineties, died Sunday due to complications related to COVID-19. Diffie died due to complications related to COVID-19 during the pandemic on March 29, 2020 at the age of 61. The track spent four weeks at No. She recorded the 1983 crossover hit "Baby I Lied", which reached No.  Tim McGraw also included two of Diffie's songs on his 1993 debut album: another version of "Memory Lane", which he released as a single, and "Tears in the Rain". Country music legend Joe Diffie reportedly has died after testing positive for COVID-19, according to news station WKRN, citing his publicist. Thom Owens wrote that he began "adding more rock flourishes" on this album, and Nash said that Diffie "not only understands the blue-collar ethic from the inside out – he's also familiar with its humorous underbelly. Sporting a mustache and mullet, his boot-scooting crowd-pleasers included the hits, "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)" and "Honky Tonk Attitude.". See full bio »  It was also the first album that he co-produced, doing so with Johnny Slate.  Cook and Wilson also produced his only album for Monument, which was titled In Another World. It was led off by "Bigger Than the Beatles", the last number-one single of his career. The first was a Christmas project titled Mr. Christmas, which comprised covers of traditional Christmas songs, as well as newly written songs. One of these original songs, "LeRoy the Redneck Reindeer", was issued as a Christmas single late in the year, peaking at number 33 upon its initial release and re-entering the country music charts for the next two years based on Christmas airplay. Joe Diffie, an icon to many country fans for his string of No. Music video by Joe Diffie performing Honky Tonk Attitude. " Owens thought that it was a "varied collection of ballads and midtempo rockers", but said that it was not "as consistently engaging" as Third Rock from the Sun. He died on March 29, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. "I was like, 'You gotta be kidding me.' " William Ruhlmann called the album "sturdy formula country", and Jeffrey B. Remz of Country Standard Time said that he "easily interpret[s]" the songs, but "doesn't seem to be doing anything too dramatically different. "Talk about unexpected, you know?". Deborah Allen is an American country music singer, songwriter, author, and actress. Joe Diffie was a country music star who charted five number one hit country singles in the 1990s. 'John Deere Green' Country Singer Joe Diffie Dead at 61 Coronavirus Complications.  Diffie's father, Joe R., played guitar and banjo, and his mother sang.  While at Gibson, he contacted a songwriter and recorded more demos, including songs that would later be recorded by Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Dean, Alabama, and the Forester Sisters. , Third Rock from the Sun was Diffie's highest-charting top country album (where it reached number six), as well as his second consecutive platinum album. 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THERESA CRUMP DIFFIE", "Joe Diffie Holds 10th Annual First Steps Benefit", "Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Joe_Diffie&oldid=988926843, Deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee, Articles with short description added by PearBOT 5, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 November 2020, at 01:47.  Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly thought that Diffie "[sang] in his natural voice", but thought that its material "punches all the predictable thematic buttons. His publicist confirmed the death to Rolling Stone. " She thought that Diffie began to move away from his George Jones influences on A Night to Remember.  Later in the year, Diffie collaborated with Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw on the album All in the Same Boat, and cut the single "Girl Riding Shotgun" with D Thrash of the Jawga Boyz. "John Deere Green" also accounted for Diffie's first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 69.  That same year, Cash Box named him Male Vocalist of the year.  Third Rock from the Sun received critical praise for adding more rock and up-tempo material. , Country Standard Time gave the album a positive review for having "nary a novelty tune in the bunch", and Nash wrote that it had a "surprising depth of feeling. Joe Diffie's wife, Tara, has broken her silence after the country star's death over the weekend, using Instagram to share the couple's last photo together.Just after the news of Joe's death was announced, Tara posted a selfie the two had snapped while enjoying the outdoors, Joe wearing a t-shirt and baseball cap and Tara in a bathing suit and sunglasses. She has charted six number-one singles on the Billboard country music charts. , Steve Huey of Allmusic wrote that Diffie "lent his traditional sensibilities to humorous, rock-tinged novelties and plaintive ballads.  They have one daughter, Kylie, born in 2004.  Diffie first worked in oil fields, then drove a truck that pumped concrete in the oilfield in Alice, Texas, before he moved back to Duncan to work in a foundry. This comes as a huge shock to all of us in the country music community. In 1993, Joe began his romantic love affairs with Liz Allison. 1 singles for herself, Janie Fricke, and John Conlee; Top 5 hits for …  He co-produced the album with Luke Wooten, and included on it the song "Tennessee Tea", which Diffie originally recorded while he was in Special Edition. , On March 27, 2020, Diffie announced that he tested positive for coronavirus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nash gave "Bigger Than the Beatles" a C-minus rating, calling it "just a lame device to evoke the names of beloved rock heroes. Diffie's version of the song peaked at number 64 based on unsolicited airplay.  His contributions to this organization won him a Humanitarian Award from the Country Radio Broadcasters in 1997. Titled "Baseball Mistress," the tape puts a romp between McCready and her then boyfriend on display. " After Monument closed its Nashville branch, Diffie began touring with Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence on the Rockin' Roadhouse Tour, which began in 2002. Diffie was 61. Joe was a great singer, songwriter, & entertainer that left his mark in Country Music. , In 2000, Diffie married Theresa (née Crump), whom he met at a concert, at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. , From 1992 to the early 2000s, Diffie held a charity concert and golf tournament benefiting First Steps, a nonprofit organization for the education of mentally and physically impaired children. Joe Logan Diffie was born on 28 December 1958, in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA, and is a country music singer/songwriter, probably best known for his five number one hits: “Home”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, “Third Rock from the Sun”, “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles”. (CNN)Joe Diffie, a country music singer known for his lighthearted odes to country life that reached mainstream success in the 1990s, died Sunday from complications of coronavirus, his publicist said in a news release. Joe Diffie, who died Sunday (March 29) from complications from COVID-19, brought an everyman appeal to every song he did. Merle Haggard, revered country singer of common man anthems, dies at 79 Joe Logan Diffie was born in Tulsa on Dec. 28, 1958, and completed high school in Velma, Okla. ", "It's really an honor. But Liz Allison denied being the reason Diffie is divorcing his wife, Debbie, after five years of marriage. "Joe was a friend and touring partner with me in the 90's. At the end of the year, Diffie recorded a cover of Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors" for the multiple-artist album A Tribute to Tradition on Columbia Records. For safety reasons and in accordance with Grand County’s COVID-19 restrictions, the performance, which coincides with the resort’s anticipated opening day, will feature a limited number of attendees. , After graduating, he attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Joe Diffie was born on December 28, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Joseph Logan Diffie. Diffie also met Debbie, who later became his second wife. Diffie's second album, titled Regular Joe, was released in 1992 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Regarding this album, Diffie told Billboard that its material had a common theme of love, and that he wanted to create a more contemporary sound through the production. , After leaving Broken Bow, Diffie continued to tour, primarily playing smaller venues and county fairs. The Diffie family is going through some tough times after Joe Diffie’s death.  Also included on the album was the ballad "Goodnight Sweetheart", later a top-10 country hit in 1996 for David Kersh. In 1998, he won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with "Same Old Train". Getty. Joe Logan Diffie, known by his stage name, Joe Diffie, was an American country music singer. GRAMMY®-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29 from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19). , His final album for Epic Records, titled A Night to Remember, was released in 1999. Her version of the song, included on her album Delicious Surprise, was a number-one single that year.  By mid-1989, he quit working at the company to record demos full-time. Allen has also written No. He also divorced his wife, who left with their two children. His family moved to San Antonio, … 87.3K; 433 3/29/2020 1:16 PM PT Breaking News.  Between these two songs, "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)" became Diffie's second Billboard number one. , In Another World received mixed reviews. This comes as a huge shock to all of us in the country music community. Diffie, a 61-year-old native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, made 13 albums and had more than 20 Top 10 hits to his credit, his publicist said.  In 1991, Diffie co-wrote the tracks "Livin' on What's Left of Your Love" and "Memory Lane" on labelmate Keith Palmer's debut album..  In 2005, "Pickup Man" was repurposed by the Applebee's restaurant chain for use in its television commercials. He also co-wrote singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, and Jo Dee Messina, and recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, George Jones, and Marty Stuart. But now that he's making records himself, [his vocal imitation] drops him to the rear of the pack, as a stylist with little style of his own. It includes collaborations with The Grascals, Rhonda Vincent, and other bluegrass artists. His album, Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album, was released in late 2010 through Rounder. His style is defined by a neotraditionalist country influence with a mix of novelty songs and ballads. They also became parents twice after being married. Jo Dee Marie Messina (born August 25, 1970) is an American country music artist. In 1993, Diffie and Mary Chapin Carpenter were nominated for a Grammy for their duet, "Not Too Much to Ask.". He was 61. It's kind of flattering, yet uncomfortable at the same time," he said. 1 hits in the 1990s, has died from complications related to the coronavirus, a spokesperson revealed Sunday afternoon.  The album's next single, "So Help Me Girl", peaked at number two on the country charts and 84 on the pop charts, in addition to topping the RPM country charts. ", Diffie was married four times. Debbie Jones is a nurse technician. , Diffie signed to the independent Broken Bow Records in 2003. Both songs also entered the hot 100, respectively peaking at 84 and 60.  In 2008, Diffie compiled and released a live album, and he signed to Rounder Records later in that year. The album's other two singles were "C – O – U – N – T – R – Y" and "Whole Lotta Gone" (previously the B-side of "Bigger Than the Beatles"), both of which peaked at 23 on the country music charts in 1996. Deepest condolences to Joe's family, friends and fans. "My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. ", Twice Upon a Time followed in 1997. The Georgia native previously gave a shoutout to Diffie in his song "1994," singing, "1994, Joe Diffie comin' out my radio / I'm just a country boy with a farmer's tan / So help me girl I'll be your Pick-Up Man." Later, he moved to Wisconsin for the years he was in sixth grade through his second year of high school, and back to Oklahoma, where he attended high school in Velma. Since 1976, Allen has issued 12 albums and charted 14 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The latter spent 37 weeks on the country music charts, the longest chart run achieved by any of his singles. Diffie died at the age of 61, from complications related to the coronavirus, a spokesperson revealed Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 61 from the complications of the COVID-19 disease on March 29, 2020. He also released one studio album each through Monument Records, Broken Bow Records, and Rounder Records.  Diffie followed the song with "I'm in Love with a Capital 'U'" and "That Road Not Taken", which respectively reached country peaks of 21 and 40. Diffie told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the album was "a little rowdier than the first two. Diffie has said that his "Mom and Dad claimed that [he] could sing harmony when [he] was three years old." Diffie had met Davey and Liz a couple of times before and he offered to sing the song at Davey's funeral.  Starting with A Night to remember, Diffie returned to a more ballad-oriented sound; Mike Kraski, then the senior vice president of sales for Sony Music Nashville, thought that the albums before it had over-emphasized his novelty releases.  Following this song's chart success, Diffie signed with Epic in early 1990. "I met all my wives in traffic jams / There's just something women like about a pickup man," he sang. ", Honky Tonk Attitude (1993) shipped a million copies in the United States and was certified platinum. Joe Logan Diffie (December 28, 1958 – March 29, 2020) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Liz Allison is … " Erlewine also noted that the album did not contain any novelty songs, and called it the "purest country album he's ever made.  Rounder released an album called The Ultimate Collection, which comprised re-recordings of his hits for Epic. Its singles all failed to make the top 10 on the country charts, with lead-off "This Is Your Brain" reaching number 25, followed by "Somethin' Like This" at number 40 and "The Promised Land" at number 61, the lowest-peaking single of his career. " Richmond Times-Dispatch reviewer Norman Rowe referred to Diffie as a "pleasant surprise" and called "Is It Cold in Here" "the sort of tear-jerker George Jones has worked wonders with in the past". , Alanna Nash regularly compared Diffie's voice to that of George Jones. Just like that. This latter song was also his last charting single. Joe Diffie Death (Tara Terpening Diffie Husband Death) The iconic country singer Joe Diffie was known for his string of No. In the months that followed, much to the chagrin of Davey Allison's family and fans, Liz sought solace in what evolved into a close relationship with Diffie.  The album also failed to achieve a gold certification.  That same year, Diffie was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. They got divorced in 1996. ", In mid-1998, Epic Records released Diffie's Greatest Hits package, which featured three new cuts.  "Ships That Don't Come In" was co-written by Dave Gibson, also recording on Epic at the time as a member of the Gibson/Miller Band. “GRAMMY-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” the statement read. The widow of NASCAR star Davey Allison, killed in a July helicopter crash, confirmed she is dating country singer Joe Diffie, who sang at Allison's funeral.  Diffie then built a recording studio, began touring with Special Edition in adjacent states, and sent demonstration recordings to publishers in Nashville. ", In 2001, Sony Nashville transferred Diffie from its Epic division to the Monument Records division due to a corporate decision that Epic had too many artists and Monument had too few. In his last two years in high school, Diffie played football, baseball, and golf in addition to running track; in his senior year, he was recognized as Best All-Around Male Athlete. Deepest condolences to Joe's family, friends and fans," he said. ... Kate and Joe … This song peaked at 59 on the country charts and won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for all artists involved. 1 hits in the 1990s. They had two sons, Drew and Tyler, the latter of whom was born with Down syndrome and nearly died in 1991 following complications from a tonsillectomy.  His first musical performance came at age 14, when he performed in his Aunt Dawn Anita's country music band. It included five songs that Diffie co-wrote, as well as a duet with George Jones entitled "What Would Waylon Do". By Eric Levenson and Carmen Conte Widman, CNN, Updated 1514 GMT (2314 HKT) March 30, 2020.  Parker Diffie later worked as Diffie's on-road manager in the mid-2000s, and in mid-2010, he and Kara auditioned for American Idol.  "In My Own Backyard", the last release from Honky Tonk Attitude, reached number 19 on the country charts.  Its title track spent 29 weeks on the country charts and peaked at number six; it was his only top 40 on the hot 100, where it reached number 38.  Two years after divorcing Janise, Diffie married Debbie Jones, a nurse technician. It's one thing to hear a song title or your name mentioned, but when it started into the 'Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie' part, that's cool right there," he said. Diffie spent several months in a state of depression before deciding to move to Nashville, Tennessee. ", In 2005, Jo Dee Messina released "My Give a Damn's Busted", which Diffie co-wrote and originally recorded on In Another World.  The first two singles from the album both peaked at number five on Billboard: "Is It Cold in Here" and "Ships That Don't Come In", with the latter reaching number one on Radio & Records.  Diffie co-wrote the album's second and fourth releases, "If You Want Me To" and "New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame)"; both peaked at number two on Billboard, and the former reached number one on the RPM country music charts in Canada. Bobbie Lee Gentry (born Bobbie Lee Streeter; July 27, 1942) is a retired American singer-songwriter who was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her own material.. Gentry rose to international fame in 1967 with her Southern Gothic narrative "Ode to Billie Joe". , The label released Diffie's debut album, A Thousand Winding Roads, at the end of 1990, with Montgomery and Johnny Slate as producers. http://bit.ly/1Kyx8Ja Joe jumped into the lake for a bet, but was knocked out cold in the fall. Get the Cameo app to view the latest content, DM your idols, share your Cameos + more. Kevin Downs, a soldier who was severely wounded in Iraq.  Erlewine said of the album's content, "there's nothing new, but there doesn't need to be", and Country Standard Time said that the album "shows that he's still got the talent that took him to stardom in the first place. Only one other single was released from the album: "This Pretender" (co-written by Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox), which failed to make the country music Top 40.  Diffie married Tara Terpening at The Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2018. OFFSTAGE: Joe Diffie Reacts to Jason Aldean Song by Alison Bonaguro 10/17/2012 ( CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the …  Also included on the album was "I Got a Feelin'", which Tracy Lawrence previously recorded on his 1994 album I See It Now.  In the meantime, Holly Dunn released "There Goes My Heart Again", which Diffie co-wrote and sang the backing vocals. Granby Ranch Ski Resort will host a benefit concert featuring country music artists Joe Nichols and Brent Rowan at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. As he did with the new cuts for his Greatest Hits package, Diffie worked with producers Don Cook and Lonnie Wilson, a friend of Diffie's who worked primarily as a session drummer and songwriter, and formerly fronted the band Bandana. Joe Diffie, a country singer. Joe Diffie is a singer who is known for his hit songs like Third Rock from The Sun, Home, If the Devil Danced, Pickup Man and Bigger Than the Beatles. Joe Diffie, Wry Country Traditionalist, Dead At 61 Following COVID-19 Diagnosis After spending many years tracing the outline of a music career, Diffie finally found success in … ", Also in 1993, Diffie was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. The album's third single, "Next Thing Smokin'", made its chart debut one month before "Not Too Much to Ask", a duet that Diffie recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter for her album Come On Come On. After working as a demo singer in the mid 1980s, he signed with Epic Records' Nashville division in 1990.  There, he took a job at Gibson Guitar Corporation. Official Website. He made a massive name as well as fame from his music career. This was followed in 2019 by a vinyl album called Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie. "Joe and I … Diffie has said that his "Mom and Dad claimed that [he] could sing harmony when [he] was three years old.  He also contributed to another cut on that album, "Same Old Train", which featured Marty Stuart and 11 other country music singers. " His family moved to San Antonio, Texas, while he was in the first grade, and subsequently to Washington, where he attended fourth and fifth grades. Diffie toured at various county fairs in August 2010 in support of it. He had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” died Sunday from complications of coronavirus. (C) 1993 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT In addition to these singles, he had 12 others reach the top 10 and ten more reach the top 40 on the same chart. Country Weekly reviewer wrote that Diffie "deals with adult emotions" and described the title track as "a shimmering ballad perfect for his expressive tenor.  Several other artists and he won that year's Country Music Association award for Vocal Event of the Year, for their guest vocals on George Jones's "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair". The Statler Brothers (sometimes simply referred to The Statlers) were an American country music, gospel, and vocal group.The quartet was formed in 1955 performing locally and, from 1964-72, they sang as opening act and backup singers for Johnny Cash.. Diffie's father, Joe R., played guitar and banjo, and his mother sang. Country artist Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus 00:58 (CNN) Joe Diffie, a country music singer known for his lighthearted odes to country life that … It's pretty flattering they went that far with it.  The song was covered in 1997 by English singer Gary Barlow. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Jeffrey B. Remz criticized the two novelty songs on Twice Upon a Time for lacking substance, and thought that most of the ballads were well-sung, but that the production "lacks any soul.  Diffie also performed his first concerts in late 1990, touring with George Strait and Steve Wariner. Diffie … Two days later, on March 29, he died in Nashville at the age of 61 from complications of the disease.  Its first single, "Home", reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. But before she passed away, she told her husband, Rory, that she wanted Bradley, a relatively unknown country singer who has a full-time job at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in North Alabama, to sing. He was married to Tara Terpening Diffie, Theresa Crump, Debbie Jones and Janise Parker.  Tougher Than Nails produced a top-20 hit in its title track, followed by "If I Could Only Bring You Back", which peaked at number 50 and spent only eight weeks on the charts. Doug Virden and Drew Womack, who then recorded on Epic in the band Sons of the Desert, sang backing vocals on it. That same year, Diffie was contacted by Bob Montgomery, a songwriter and record producer known for working with Buddy Holly.  Diffie later became a country music radio broadcaster himself, fronting a midday program for Tulsa radio station KXBL. The feelings were reciprocated leading Debbie Jones to file for a legal separation followed by a divorce that became final in 1996.  The final single from Regular Joe was "Startin' Over Blues" (originally the B-side to "Ships That Don't Come In"), which peaked at number 41. " His early albums for Epic mostly consisted of ballads, but starting with Honky Tonk Attitude, he began to include more up-tempo and novelty numbers. Brian Mansfield gave the album a positive review in Allmusic, saying that it "has all the clichés of country music, and all the good stuff, too. , His next project for Rounder, Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album, was released on October 26, 2010. Mr Diffie is survived by his wife, Tara Terpening Diffie, and seven children from four marriages.  The couple divorced in 2017.  In 2007, he joined with Lonestar, Charlie Daniels, and Craig Morgan to perform a benefit concert for Sgt.  William Ruhlmann wrote that Diffie "has put together a decade-plus career in country largely on his ability to succeed" in "scour[ing] Nashville publishers for 10 good compositions in the established style", and that he was an "adequate but undistinguished singer.  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