[25] 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". Diffie's father, Joe R., played guitar and banjo, and his mother sang. The track spent four weeks at No. 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. [43], Alanna Nash regularly compared Diffie's voice to that of George Jones. [17] Both of these songs made the country top 20, respectively reaching 16 and 15, and the duet was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 35th Grammy Awards in 1993. 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 … Singer Eddie Fisher topped the charts in the 1950s and made headlines when he left wife Debbie Reynolds to become Elizabeth Taylor's fourth husband. [2] He also contributed to another cut on that album, "Same Old Train", which featured Marty Stuart and 11 other country music singers. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic," the statement said. Diffie has said that his "Mom and Dad claimed that [he] could sing harmony when [he] was three years old." [67][68] They have one daughter, Kylie, born in 2004. She has charted six number-one singles on the Billboard country music charts. [2] 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. Joe Logan Diffie, known by his stage name, Joe Diffie, was an American country music singer. This was followed in 2019 by a vinyl album called Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie. "[5] 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. [8] Montgomery, who was then the vice president of A&R at Epic Records, said that he wanted to sign Diffie to a contract with the label, but had to put the singer on hold for a year. [3][5], After the foundry closed in 1986, Diffie declared bankruptcy and sold the studio out of financial necessity. [2], In Another World received mixed reviews. 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. [56] In 2008, Diffie compiled and released a live album,[57] and he signed to Rounder Records later in that year. Debbie Jones is a nurse technician. "Joe and I … [61], In late 2012, Jason Aldean recorded the song "1994", co-written by Thomas Rhett, Luke Laird, and Barry Dean. [45] 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. He also divorced his wife, who left with their two children. See full bio » Country artist Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus. [58] Rounder released an album called The Ultimate Collection, which comprised re-recordings of his hits for Epic. Two years later after being divorced with his first wife, Joe got married to Debbie Jones. [3][9] Following this song's chart success, Diffie signed with Epic in early 1990. [3] Diffie's father, Joe R., played guitar and banjo, and his mother sang. [5] Diffie then built a recording studio, began touring with Special Edition in adjacent states, and sent demonstration recordings to publishers in Nashville. [2], The label released Diffie's debut album, A Thousand Winding Roads, at the end of 1990,[3] with Montgomery and Johnny Slate as producers. "I was like, 'You gotta be kidding me.' 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. [5] There, he took a job at Gibson Guitar Corporation. [6] 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. The Diffie family is going through some tough times after Joe Diffie’s death. [1], Steve Huey of Allmusic wrote that Diffie "lent his traditional sensibilities to humorous, rock-tinged novelties and plaintive ballads. Diffie has said that his "Mom and Dad claimed that [he] could sing harmony when [he] was three years old. Joe Diffie Death (Tara Terpening Diffie Husband Death) The iconic country singer Joe Diffie was known for his string of No. In addition to these singles, he had 12 others reach the top 10 and ten more reach the top 40 on the same chart. [69] The couple divorced in 2017. Music video by Joe Diffie performing Honky Tonk Attitude. His style is defined by a neotraditionalist country influence with a mix of novelty songs and ballads. She has been honored by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and has been nominated for … Titled "Baseball Mistress," the tape puts a romp between McCready and her then boyfriend on display. Hank Thompson recorded Diffie's "Love on the Rocks", and Randy Travis put one of Diffie's songs on hold, but ultimately did not record it. Joe was a great singer, songwriter, & entertainer that left his mark in Country Music. [8] Its first single, "Home", reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Mr Diffie is survived by his wife, Tara Terpening Diffie, and seven children from four marriages. "[41], In mid-1998, Epic Records released Diffie's Greatest Hits package, which featured three new cuts. Subscribe now for more! His name and extensive catalogue were made into a cheeky hook in Jason Aldean's "1994," the 2012 song whose chorus consisted of the chant "Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie! “GRAMMY-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” the statement read. 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. [2] Third Rock from the Sun received critical praise for adding more rock and up-tempo material. [73], On March 27, 2020, Diffie announced that he tested positive for coronavirus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. Following in his mother's footsteps, Diffie began to sing at an early age, often listening to the albums in his father's record collection. Joe Logan Diffie is a country music singer, best known for his five #1 singles, including "Third Rock from The Sun", "Home", "If the Devil Danced", "Pickup Man" and "Bigger Than the Beatles". She recorded the 1983 crossover hit "Baby I Lied", which reached No. [3] The album itself peaked at number 23 on Top Country Albums. [70] Diffie married Tara Terpening at The Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2018. Originally performing gospel music at local churches, the group billed themselves as The Four Star Quartet, and later The Kingsmen. 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. Between then and 2004, Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at number one: his debut release "Home", "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)", "Third Rock from the Sun", "Pickup Man" (his longest-lasting number-one song, at four weeks) and "Bigger Than the Beatles". Diffie toured at various county fairs in August 2010 in support of it. [13] Diffie also performed his first concerts in late 1990, touring with George Strait and Steve Wariner. [2] Of this album, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said, "it's pleasant, but it's not particularly distinguished. 87.3K; 433 3/29/2020 1:16 PM PT Breaking News. After working as a demo singer in the mid 1980s, he signed with Epic Records' Nashville division in 1990. [27] The album included two consecutive number-one singles in its title track and in "Pickup Man". Among his albums, 1993's Honky Tonk Attitude and 1994's Third Rock from the Sun are certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, while 1992's Regular Joe and 1995's Life's So Funny are both certified gold. Two days later, on March 29, he died in Nashville at the age of 61 from complications of the disease. Diffie is in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. [2] In 2005, "Pickup Man" was repurposed by the Applebee's restaurant chain for use in its television commercials. 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. He was married to Tara Terpening Diffie, Theresa Crump, Debbie Jones and Janise Parker. 1 singles for herself, Janie Fricke, and John Conlee; Top 5 hits for … His family requests privacy at this time. Just like that. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. This latter song was also his last charting single. [3] 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. He also released one studio album each through Monument Records, Broken Bow Records, and Rounder Records. "[50] After Monument closed its Nashville branch, Diffie began touring with Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence on the Rockin' Roadhouse Tour, which began in 2002. Country music star Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus at 61 Diffie, an icon to many country fans for his string of No. In it he wrote that ahead of Davey's funeral, Liz had called Diffie's office seeking the sheet music to "Ships That Don’t Come In," a favorite of Davey's.