Veteran country music star Joe Diffie has passed away at the age of 61 due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
A Grammy award-winning country artist, Diffie passed away on Sunday, March 29. He leaves behind a lengthy body of musical work. He released 13 albums with over 20 Top 10 hit singles. His name was referenced in hit songs by such modern country artists as Chris Young (“Raised on Country”) and Jason Aldean’s “1994.”
He was one of the most successful country singer-songwriters of the ’90s era, where he was known for writing songs for such country artists as Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and the late Conway Twitty. He was a native of Tulsa, as well as an inductee of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. He was a member of the hallowed Grand Ole Opry family for over 25 years.
Diffie was known for such hits as “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame),” “Home” and “Ships That Don’t Come In.” Throughout the 1990s, Diffie topped the Billboard country charts with the likes of “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “Bigger Than the Beatles,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “A Night to Remember.”
Most recently, Diffie released his first-ever vinyl LP entitled Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie!
His family respects their privacy during this difficult time.
To learn more about Joe Diffie and his music, check out his Facebook page.