Grand Ole Opry star and country singer Jack Green died at 83 years old, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease, Reuters reports. A statement from the Grand Ole Opry says he died in Nashville, Ten, in his sleep at home.
Green, known affectionately as the “Jolly Green Giant,” got his break in the music industry in 1962, when he became a drummer for singer Ernest Tubb’s band, The Texas Troubadors. In 1964 Greene released his first solo single, “The Last Letter,” before his 1966 album, “There Goes My Everything” became a hit. The album swept the first Country Music Association Awards in 1967, earning him male vocalist of the year, single of the year, album of the year, and song of the year.
In 1967 Greene also joined the Grand Ole Opry, becoming a regular performer on the stage. His last full album, “Yours for the Taking,” was released in 1980. Greene continued performing at the Grand Ole Opry, until he retired from the music business in 2011.