Country hitmaker Jack Greene dies

NASHVILLE (CNN) — Country singer Jack Greene, whose hits include “There Goes My Everything,” has died from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

According to a statement, Greene died in his sleep at his home in Nashville on Thursday.

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.

That year was kind to Greene, as it also boasted his No. 1 cut “There Goes My Everything,” which stayed atop the country chart for seven weeks. His album bearing the same title cruised at No. 1 on the chart for an entire year, the statement says.

In 1967, the same year he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Greene was a big winner at the first Country Music Association Awards. He picked up honors for the Album, Song and Single of the Year with “There Goes My Everything,” which also won him the title of Male Vocalist of the Year.

Greene’s most recent album was a 2010 compilation of duets called “Precious Memories, Treasured Friends.”

The crooner’s fellow Opry member Blake Shelton recalled performing with Greene at the music institution.

“Very sad to hear about the passing of Jack Green,” Shelton wrote on Twitter. “He and I performed his song ‘Statue of a Fool’ at the Opry years ago.. True hero.”

Added singer Gene Watson, “So sorry to hear that country music legend Jack Greene has died. He was a great singer, and an even better friend.”

Details regarding funeral arrangements are still to come.

This article was written by CNN’s Breeanna Hare. CNN’s Denise Quan contributed to this report.  TM & © 2012 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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