NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country musician Stonewall Jackson, who sang on the Grand Ole Opry for greater than 50 years and had No. 1 hits with “Waterloo” and others, died Saturday after an extended battle with vascular dementia. He was 89.
The Opry, the longest-running radio present in historical past, introduced Jackson’s loss of life in a information launch.
Jackson, a guitarist, carried out on the Opry starting in 1956 and was nonetheless showing on the present in 2010. His actual title was Stonewall, after Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
According to WSMV-TV, the late Porter Wagoner would introduce Stonewall on his present by saying he got here to the Opry “with a heart full of love and a sack full of songs.”
“Waterloo” was a success on the nation and pop charts in 1959. His different hits, largely within the Nineteen Sixties, included “Don’t Be Angry,” “B.J. the D.J,” “Why I’m Walkin’,” “A Wound Time Can’t Erase” and “I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water.”
In 1971, he recorded his model of Lobo’s “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo.”
Over the course of his profession, Jackson landed 44 singles on the Billboard nation chart.
In 2008, at age 75, he settled a federal age discrimination lawsuit in opposition to the Opry. He claimed Opry officers had in the reduction of his appearances beginning in 1998, and sought $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.
Jackson’s mentor in his early profession was nation legend Ernest Tubb, who purchased him his first stage garments and employed him as his opening act. He was introduced with the Ernest Tubb Memorial Award in 1997 for his contributions to nation music, in line with the Grand Ole Opry web site.
In 1991, he privately revealed his autobiography, “From the Bottom Up.”
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