It has been announced that there will be a Memorial Service for Jack Greene at the Ryman on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11 a.m.
Jack Greene passed away on March 14th, 2013 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83. Jack had such great classic hits as “There Goes My Everything” and “Statue of a Fool.”
Jack Greene was the biggest winner at the very first CMA Awards ceremony in 1967 winning Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year for “There Goes My Everything,” and Album of the Year for his LP of the same name. He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1967, and was a regular presence on the show up until his retirement because of his illness in 2011.
A native of Maryville, Tennessee, Greene started out in the industry at 17 with jobs in radio. By 1964, he’d recorded and released his first solo single, “The Last Letter.” His first Top 40 hit, “Ever Since My Baby Went Away,” followed in 1966.
The memorial service will be a “Celebration of Life and Love of Jack Greene.” The Ryman was Jack’s music home for many years and it is fitting that he return home so that all of his friends, fans, and his Grand Ole Opry family can say goodbye to the Jolly Green Giant.
The building will no doubt be filled with the spirits of those legends who have passed on as they welcome Jack to the fold.
The public is invited to attend. Media please contact the Grand Ole Opry Office.