In the 1990s, country music star Joe Diffie died of complications from coronavirus on Sunday.
Joe Diffie, 61, was born in 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a musical family.
He started his first musical performance at the age of 14.
Joe Diffie was positive on the corona test two days before his death.
He said, “My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic,” he said.
Joe Diffie is a leader in the popularity of American country music in the 1990s.
He ranked fifth on the Billboard “Hot Country Songs Chad”. There are hit songs such as ‘Home’, ‘Third Rock From the Sun’, ‘Pickup Man’, and ‘Bigger Dan the Beatles’.
In addition, ‘Same Old Train’ also co-winned the Grammy Best Collaboration Vocal category.
Joe Diffie was born into a musical family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1958. His first musical performance came at age 14, when he performed in his Aunt Dawn Anita’s country music band. Diffie’s father, Joe R., played guitar and banjo, and his mother sang.
Diffie followed her mother’s footsteps and began to sing at a young age.
He often heard albums from his father’s record collection.
Diffie has said that his “Mom and Dad claimed that [he] could sing harmony when [he] was three years old.” His family moved to San Antonio, Texas, while he was in the first grade, and subsequently to Washington, where he attended fourth and fifth grades.
Later, he moved to Wisconsin when he was in 6th grade through 2nd grade in high school.
Back in Oklahoma, I went to Belma’s high school.
In his last two years in high school, Diffie played football, baseball, and golf in addition to running track; in his senior year, he was recognized as Best All-Around Male Athlete.
After graduating, he attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Although he initially earned credits toward medical school, he decided against a medical profession after marrying for the first time in 1977, and ultimately dropped out before graduation. Diffie first worked in oil fields, then drove a truck that pumped concrete in the oilfield in Alice, Texas, before he moved back to Duncan to work in a foundry.
During this period, he worked as a musician on the side, first in a gospel group called Higher Purpose, and then in a bluegrass band called Special Edition.
Diffie then built a recording studio, began touring with Special Edition in adjacent states, and sent demonstration recordings to publishers in Nashville. Hank Thompson recorded Diffie’s “Love on the Rocks”, and Randy Travis put one of Diffie’s songs on hold, but ultimately did not record it.
After the foundry closed in 1986, Diffie declared bankruptcy and sold the studio out of financial necessity. He also divorced his wife, who left with their two children.
Diffie spent several months in a state of depression before deciding to move to Nashville, Tennessee. There, he took a job at Gibson Guitar Corporation.
While at Gibson, he contacted a songwriter and recorded more demos, including songs that would later be recorded by Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Dean, Alabama, and the Forester Sisters.
By mid-1989, he quit working at the company to record demos full-time.
Diffie also met Debbie, who later became his second wife. That same year, Diffie was contacted by Bob Montgomery, a songwriter and record producer known for working with Buddy Holly.
Montgomery, who was then the vice president of A&R at Epic Records, said that he wanted to sign Diffie to a contract with the label, but had to put the singer on hold for a year.
In the meantime, Holly Dunn released “There Goes My Heart Again”, which Diffie co-wrote and sang the backing vocals. Following this song’s chart success, Diffie signed with Epic in early 1990.