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Jack Greene
Born January 7, 1930 (1930-01-07) (age 80)
Origin Maryville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1965-1985

Jack Greene (born January 7, 1930) is an American country musician nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant" and well known for his 1966 hit "There Goes My Everything."


Early career

Greene was born on January 7, 1930, in Maryville, Tennessee. In the early 1950s, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he formed his own band, The Peach Tree Boys as a lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist. In 1959, he moved back to Tennessee and settled in Nashville and formed his own band, The Tennessee Mountain Boys. One day in 1961, the band opened for Ernest Tubb, and Ernest noticed Jack's talents and asked him to join his band, which he did. For the next few years, he was a drummer, guitarist, vocalist, and M.C. in Ernest Tubb's band, The Texas Troubadors. He soon was starting to open shows for Ernest playing guitar and singing and in 1964, Jack released his first solo record with "The Last Letter" which first appeared on one of Tubb's live albums. The song got attention from Ernest's record label Decca Records who released it as a single. Another single followed in 1965 with "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurtin' Me" but this didn't chart as it came out at the same time as Ray Price's version. Tubb encouraged him to pursue a solo career, and Greene achieved great success right away. His first Top 40 hit came in early 1966 with "Ever Since My Baby Went Away". Later that year, he released a song that put him on top. The song was "There Goes My Everything" and it was a monster hit, staying on top of the Country charts for 7 weeks, and even becoming a crossover hit, the album stayed #1 for an entire year. The success continued into 1967 as well with another number 1 smash in "All The Time" (on top for 5 weeks) and a number 2 hit with "What Locks The Door". In 1967, he received the prestigious awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year from the Country Music Association. In all, he has recorded nine number one country hits on various charts including 5 number one Billboard hits. His success continued into 1968 with another number 1 with "You Are My Treasure" and the top 5 hit "Love Takes Care Of Me". In 1969, he had 2 number 1 hits with "Until My Dreams Come True" and "Statue of a Fool". He completed the year out with the Top 5 "Back In The Arms Of Love".

Later career

In 1970, Jack gained a duet and a touring partner in Jeannie Seely, and together they had a number 2 hit with the song "Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You". Jack and Jeannie's stage show became one of the biggest touring acts during the 1970s. Jack continued to have both solo hits and duets with Jeannie Seely. Among the biggest of these hits during the 70's included "Lord, Is That Me" (1970), "There's A Lot About A Woman A Man Don't Know" (1971), and 2 more duets with Jeannie with "Much Oblige" (1972) and "What In The World Has Gone Wrong With Our Love" (1972). Jack's career continued when Decca became MCA Records and he continued to chart with "Satisfaction" (1973), "I Need Somebody Bad" (1973), and "It's Time To Cross That Bridge" (1974). Afterwards, his chart success declined rapidly as another song in 1974 and one song in 1975 were minor hits and he was dropped by MCA Records in 1976.

Jack enjoyed a brief comeback to the charts in 1980 with the Top 30 hit "Yours For The Taking" on Frontline Records. He achieved several more minor hits on Frontline and then on EMH and Step One. He continues to tour regularly and appears on the Grand Ole Opry, where he has been a member since 1967; 2007 marked his 40th anniversary with the Opry.

Greene currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he regularly performs at the Grand Ole Opry.

2000s - Jack Greene did a duet with Santana Maria in a song called "You Have Won My Heart." Can be found on youtube.


  • 1967 — Country Music Association - Single of the Year
  • 1967 — Country Music Association - Album of the Year




Year Album Chart Positions Label
US Country US
1966 There Goes My Everything 1 66 Decca
1967 All the Time 1 151
What Locks the Door 3
1968 You Are My Treasure 5
Love Takes Care of Me 21
I'm Not Alone
1969 Until My Dreams Come True 5
Statue of a Fool 3
Back in the Arms of Love 41
1970 Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely
(w/ Jeannie Seely)
Lord Is That Me 17
Jack Greene's Greatest Hits 28
1971 There's a Whole Lot About a
Woman a Man Don't Know
Greene Country 21
1973 Two for the Show (w/ Jeannie Seely) 36
1980 Yours for the Taking Firstline


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country
1965 "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" There Goes My Everything
1966 "Ever Since My Baby Went Away" 37
"There Goes My Everything" 1 65
1967 "All the Time" 1 103 All the Time
"Wanting You But Never Having You" 63
"What Locks the Door" 2 What Locks the Door
1968 "You Are My Treasure" 1 1 You Are My Treasure
"Love Takes Care of Me" 4 4 Love Takes Care of Me
1969 "Until My Dreams Come True" 1 5 Until My Dreams Come True
"Statue of a Fool" 1 3 Statue of a Fool
"Back in the Arms of Love" 4 22 Back in the Arms of Love
"The Key That Fits Her Door" 66
1970 "Wish I Didn't Have to Miss You" (w/ Jeannie Seely) 2 21 Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely
"Lord Is That Me" 16 16 Lord Is That Me
"The Whole World Comes to Me" 14 13 There's a Whole Lot About a
Woman a Man Don't Know
"If This Is Love" flip
"Something Unseen" 15 17
"What's the Use" 45
1971 "There's a Whole Lot About a Woman
(A Man Don't Know)"
13 15
"Makin' Up His Mind" flip
"Hanging Over Me" 26 19 Greene Country
1972 "Much Oblige" (w/ Jeannie Seely) 15 15 Two for the Show
"If You Ever Need My Love" 31 single only
"What in the World Has Gone
Wrong with Our Love" (w/ Jeannie Seely)
19 19 Two for the Show
1973 "Satisfaction" 17 12 Greene Country
"The Fool I've Been Today" 40 70 singles only
"I Need Somebody Bad" 11 3
1974 "It's Time to Cross That Bridge" 13 77
"Sing for the Good Times" 66
1975 "This Time the Hurtin's On Me"
"On the Way Home"
"He Little Thing'd Her Out of My Arms" 88
1976 "Birmingham"
1980 "Yours for the Taking" 28 Yours for the Taking
"The Rock I'm Leaning On" 48
"Devil's Den" 63
1983 "The Jukebox Never Plays Home Sweet Home" 98 singles only
"From Cotton to Satin" 92
"Midnight Tennessee Woman"
1984 "I'd Do as Much for You"
"Dying to Believe" 93
"If It's Love (Then Bet It All)" 81
1985 "Looking Back Is Easier"


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