Jack Greene

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Jack Greene
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Jack Greene
Background information
Also known as "The Gentle Giant"
"The Jolly Greene Giant"
Born (1930-01-07)January 7, 1930
Origin Maryville, Tennessee
Died March 14, 2013(2013-03-14) (aged 83)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1965-2011
Associated acts Ernest Tubb
Jeannie Seely
Website www.jackgreeneopry.com

Jack Greene (January 7, 1930 – March 14, 2013) was an American country musician. Nicknamed the "Jolly Greene Giant" due to his height and deep voice, Greene was a long time member of the Grand Ole Opry. A three-time Grammy Award nominee,[1] Greene is best known for his 1966 hit "There Goes My Everything." The song dominated the Country music charts for nearly two months in 1967 and earned Greene "Male Vocalist of the Year", "Single of the Year", "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" honors from the Country Music Association.[1][2] Greene had a total of five #1 Country hits and three others that reached the Top Ten. Billboard magazine named Greene one of the Top 100 "Most Played Artists".[3]

Early career[edit]

Jack Henry Greene[4] was born on January 7, 1930, in Maryville, Tennessee. He learned to play guitar at age ten,[2] and Greene's first involvement with the music industry came when he was still a teenager, working as a disc jockey at radio station WGAP in Maryville.[1][2] By the age of 18, Jack Greene was a regular on the Tennessee Barn Dance show on WNOX, Knoxville, Tennessee. In the early 1950s he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he formed his own band, The Peach Tree Boys. Greene was lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist for the group for eight years.[3] In 1959, he moved back to Tennessee and settled in Nashville and formed another band, The Tennessee Mountain Boys. A major career break came Greene's way in 1961 when his band served as the opening act for Ernest Tubb. Impressed by the talented Tennessean, Tubb asked Greene to become a part of his backing band, the Texas Troubadors in 1962.[2]

For the next few years, Jack Greene was a drummer, guitarist, vocalist, and master of ceremonies for the Troubadors' performances. He soon began serving as opening act on a regular basis for Tubb, as well as playing in the band.[2] In 1964, Jack released his first solo record with The Last Letter. The song originally appeared on one of Ernest Tubb's live albums but drew enough attention that Tubb's record label, Decca Records, released it as a single. Another single, Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me), followed in 1965 but failed to make the Country music charts, having the bad luck to come out at the same time as Ray Price's version. Tubb encouraged Jack Greene to leave the Texas Troubadors and pursue a solo career. Said Greene in an interview, "Ernest told me 'Son I believe it's time to go.' But also said 'If you can't make it you can always come back and be a Troubador."[2]

Jack Greene's first Top 40 hit came in early 1966 with Ever Since My Baby Went Away, peaking at #37. Later that year, Decca released what would become his signature song, There Goes My Everything. The song reached #1 and stayed on top of the Country charts for 7 weeks while also becoming a crossover hit; the album stayed No. 1 for an entire year. His success continued into 1967 with another number 1 in All The Time (on top for 5 weeks) and a number 2 hit with What Locks The Door. In 1967, he received the prestigious awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year from the Country Music Association. In all, he recorded nine number one country hits on various charts including 5 number one Billboard hits. His success continued into 1968 with another number 1 with You Are My Treasure and the top 5 hit Love Takes Care Of Me. In 1969, he had 2 number 1 hits with Until My Dreams Come True and Statue of a Fool. He completed the year out with the Top 5 Back In The Arms Of Love.[5] It was also in 1967 that Jack Greene became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.[6] He became an Opry mainstay, performing there frequently each year until his health failed.

Later career[edit]

In 1970, Jack gained a duet and a touring partner in Jeannie Seely. Together they had three Country hits including Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You, which reached #2 on the charts and became Greene's last top ten hit.[6] Jack and Jeannie's stage show became one of the biggest touring acts during the 1970s. Jack continued to have both solo hits and duets with Seely. Among the biggest of these hits during the 70's included Lord, Is That Me (1970), There's A Lot About A Woman A Man Don't Know (1971), and two more duets with Jeannie with Much Obliged (1972) and What In The World Has Gone Wrong With Our Love (1972). Decca became MCA Records in the early 1970s but Greene kept on having chart success with Satisfaction (1973), I Need Somebody Bad (1973), and It's Time To Cross That Bridge (1974). Afterwards, his chart success declined rapidly as another song in 1974 and one song in 1975 were minor hits, and he was dropped by MCA Records in 1976.[3]

Jack Greene enjoyed a brief comeback with the Frontline Records label in 1980 as the song Yours For The Taking peaked at #28 on the Country charts.[6] The song would be Greene's last in the Country Top Forty. He achieved several more minor hits however on Frontline and then on EMH and Step One Records. He continued to tour regularly and appear on the Grand Ole Opry; 2007 marked his 40th anniversary with the Opry.[7][8] Many members of his band the "Jolly Green Giants" such as, Ric Boyer, Penn Pennington, Mitch Walker, Ray Von Rotz, Rick Vanaugh, Dan Schafer, Russell Terrell, Bob Fortner & Stan Lassiter enjoyed success in Nashville, as recording session singers, musicians & arrangers.

Jack & Jolly Green Giants 2003

Final years and death[edit]

Jack Greene continued to record sporadically in the 2000s including the duet You Have Won My Heart with Santana Maria. However, it failed to chart. Greene recorded his final studio album Precious Memories, Treasured Friends in 2010. An album of duets, it featured fellow Country stars like Lorrie Morgan and George Jones.[6] In failing health, Jack Greene retired from performing 2011. He died on March 14, 2013, from complications of Alzheimer's disease two months after his 83rd birthday.


  • 1967 — Country Music Association - Single of the Year
  • 1967 — Country Music Association - Album of the Year



Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1966 There Goes My Everything 1 66 Decca
1967 All the Time 1 151
What Locks the Door 3
1968 You Are My Treasure 5
Love Takes Care of Me 21
I'm Not Alone
1969 Until My Dreams Come True 5
Statue of a Fool 3
Back in the Arms of Love 41
1970 Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely
(w/ Jeannie Seely)
Lord Is That Me 17
Jack Greene's Greatest Hits 28
1971 There's a Whole Lot About a
Woman a Man Don't Know
Greene Country 21
1973 Two for the Show (w/ Jeannie Seely) 36
1980 Yours for the Taking Firstline


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1965 "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" There Goes My Everything
1966 "Ever Since My Baby Went Away" 37
"There Goes My Everything" 1 65
1967 "All the Time" 1 103 All the Time
"Wanting You But Never Having You" 63
"What Locks the Door" 2 8 What Locks the Door
1968 "You Are My Treasure" 1 1 You Are My Treasure
"Love Takes Care of Me" 4 4 Love Takes Care of Me
1969 "Until My Dreams Come True" 1 5 Until My Dreams Come True
"Statue of a Fool" 1 3 Statue of a Fool
"Back in the Arms of Love" 4 22 Back in the Arms of Love
"The Key That Fits Her Door" 66
1970 "Wish I Didn't Have to Miss You" (w/ Jeannie Seely) 2 21 Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely
"Lord Is That Me" 16 16 Lord Is That Me
"The Whole World Comes to Me" 14 13 There's a Whole Lot About a
Woman a Man Don't Know
"If This Is Love" flip
"Something Unseen" 15 17
"What's the Use" 45
1971 "There's a Whole Lot About a Woman
(A Man Don't Know)"
13 15
"Makin' Up His Mind" flip
"Hanging Over Me" 26 19 Greene Country
1972 "Much Oblige" (w/ Jeannie Seely) 15 15 Two for the Show
"If You Ever Need My Love" 31 single only
"What in the World Has Gone
Wrong with Our Love" (w/ Jeannie Seely)
19 19 Two for the Show
1973 "Satisfaction" 17 12 Greene Country
"The Fool I've Been Today" 40 70 singles only
"I Need Somebody Bad" 11 3
1974 "It's Time to Cross That Bridge" 13 77
"Sing for the Good Times" 66
1975 "This Time the Hurtin's On Me"
"On the Way Home"
"He Little Thing'd Her Out of My Arms" 88
1976 "Birmingham"
1980 "Yours for the Taking" 28 Yours for the Taking
"The Rock I'm Leaning On" 48
"Devil's Den" 63
1983 "The Jukebox Never Plays Home Sweet Home" 98 singles only
"From Cotton to Satin" 92
"Midnight Tennessee Woman"
1984 "I'd Do as Much for You"
"Dying to Believe" 93
"If It's Love (Then Bet It All)" 81
1985 "Looking Back Is Easier"


  1. ^ a b c "Country music's Jack Greene dies in Nashville". Associated Press via Yahoo News website. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jack Green Opry bio". Grand Ole Opry official website. 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jack Greene's official website biography". 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jack Greene Amazon.com Bio". Amazon.com website. 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Roland, Tom (2003). All Music Guide to CountryCountry, 2nd ed. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-760-9. 
  6. ^ a b c d Dauphin, Chuck (15 March 2013). "Country Star Jack Greene Dead At 83". Billboard Magazine via official website. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jack Green". Grand Ole Opry. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Opry Member List PDF". April 23, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 

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