Stonewall Jackson, Grand Ole Opry’s Senior Member, Dead at 89

Stonewall Jackson – the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry – has passed away. Jackson has hit songs in three different decades and has been a familiar face on the Opry for more than 50 years. “Waterloo” and “BJ the DJ” were his first songs but he put 11 songs in the Top 10 on paintingBest selling country songs chart.

The 89-year-old was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 65 years, making him the most consistent member until his death on Saturday (December 4). He joined The Opry on November 3, 1956 and later recorded an album Live From The Stage. “Don’t Be Angry” (1964), “A Wound Time Can’t Erase” (1962), “Stamp Out Loneliness” (1967) and “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” (1971) were among his other films. commercially successful. The latter was a cover of “Lobo” and the last of Jackson’s Top 10 songs.

The Grand Ole Opry tweeted: “Thank you for all the music and memories, Stonewall Jackson.” Saturday night show will be dedicated to him.

Jackson was born in Tabor, North Carolina, in 1932 but grew up in Georgia. Stonewall was his real name, not a nickname. It is named after the General Confederation of the same name. The singer was also a military man, serving in the US Navy for four years before beginning his professional singing career.

His version of George Jones’ “Life To Go” (1958) was his first hit, but was soon followed by “Waterloo,” a remarkably cheerful song with a grim message about how many historical figures (Adam of the Bible, Napoleon, Tom Dooley) died. .

“Waterloo-Waterloo/Where will you meet your Waterloo/Every puppy has his day/Everyone has to pay/Everyone should meet his Waterloo,“He sings.

He stayed in #1 for five weeks, per painting.

“Sad to hear of the loss of one of the honky-tonk champions of the 50s and 60s,” the Oak Ridge Boys tweeted. “Grand Ole Opry member Stonewall Jackson came home today… Relax, sir!!”

Jackson died after a long struggle with vascular dementia. Bill Anderson is now the number one member of The Opry, after just over 60 years. Coincidentally, Bill “Whispering” was honored with a new induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this week.

Stonewall Jackson’s funeral arrangements are pending.

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May he rest in peace…


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