JOE DIFFIE died yesterday because of complications from COVID-19. He was 61. His family posted the news on Facebook. It was only Friday that he announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Joe had 17 Top 10 Country hits . . . and five of them went to #1. Those were: “Pickup Man”, “Third Rock From the Sun”, “Bigger Than the Beatles”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, and “Home”.
Some of his other hits included “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)”, “John Deere Green”, and “So Help Me Girl”. Joe also placed 12 albums on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums charts between 1990 and 2013.
He was churning out hits while a lot of today’s country stars were growing up, and they still love the guy. He got shout-outs in Jason Aldean’s hit “1994” . . . and Chris Young’s “Raised on Country”. Joe was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1993.
His final album was “Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie”, which came out last year. It featured new takes on 11 of his hit singles. Joe was married four times and had five children. He’s survived by his wife Tara.