His hit song “There Goes My Everything” propelled him into star status and earned him a couple of Country Music Association awards in 1967. Greene won the single of the year and male vocalist of the year awards for his performance in that song.
The song even had a pop appeal as Englebert Humperdinck covered the tune as well.
"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."
Greene was a native of Tennessee, 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.
Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said Friday that Greene died in his sleep Thursday night at home from complications of Alzheimer's disease.