‘Waterloo’ artist performed with the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years
Country artist Stonewall Jackson, best known for his time on the Grand Ole Opry stage for more than five decades, died Saturday at the age of 89 after a long battle with vascular dementia.
The Opry, the longest-running radio show in history, announced Jackson’s death in a news release.
Jackson, a guitarist, performed at the Opry from 3 November 1956 and was still appearing on the show in 2010. the resulting, Fox17 in Nashville Notes that “Waterloo” is the longest current member of the Opry. Saturday night’s performance of the Opry was dedicated in his honor. His real name was Stonewall, after Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
“Waterloo” was a hit on the country and pop charts in 1959. His other hits, mostly in the 1960s, included “Don’t Be Angry,” “BJ the DJ,” “Why I’m Walkin’,” “A.” Time can’t erase the wound” and “I washed my hands in dirty water.”
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In 1971, he recorded his version of Lobo’s “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo”.
During his career, Jackson landed 44 singles on the Billboard country chart.
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In 2008, at age 75, he settled a federal age discrimination lawsuit against the Opry. He claimed that Opry officials had cut his appearance in 1998, and sought $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Jackson was born in eastern North Carolina and raised on a farm in South Georgia.
Jackson’s mentor in his early career was country legend Ernest Tubb, who bought him his first stage clothes and hired him as his opening act. According to the Grand Ole Opry website, he was awarded the Ernest Tubb Memorial Award in 1997 for his contributions to country music.
In 1991, he privately published his autobiography “From the Bottom Up”.