The lead singer of Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry had vascular dementia
Tributes are being paid to country singer Stonewall Jackson, who has died at the age of 89 after a battle with vascular dementia.
Jackson was a regular at the famous Nashville country Grand Ole Opry since 1956, the longest-running stint at the club of any current member.
As Board According to reports, a special show will take place on Saturday night (December 11) at the Grand Ole Opry to pay tribute to Jackson.
Nancy, wife of late country legend George Jones, remembers Jackson: “Stonewall’s breakout hit ‘Life to Go’ was written by George [Jones] And they both became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956.
“He kept a special friendship over the years and although Stonewall retired, he did participate after attending the final George Jones No Show tribute program. Stonewall will always have a special place in my heart. May he live in peace!”
Thanks for all the music and memories, Stonewall Jackson. pic.twitter.com/bkh51obAcx
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) 4 December 2021
Following the news of Jackson’s death, several stars at the Grand Ole Opry paid tribute on social media.
‘Whispering’ Bill Anderson wrote: “Stonewall Jackson and I toured the US and Canada together, sharing a lot of laughs and a lot of country music. He was as ‘real’ person as I’ve ever known. He will definitely be missed…”
Stonewall Jackson and I toured the US and Canada together, sharing lots of laughs and lots of country music. He was as “real” person as I have ever known. He will definitely be missed… pic.twitter.com/Ye8lGpnXyw
— Bill Anderson (@WhisperinBill) December 6, 2021
The Oak Ridge Boys said: “Saddened to hear about the loss of one of the honky tonk heroes of the 50’s and 60’s Grand Ole Opry member Stonewall Jackson… rest easy sir!!”
So sad to hear about the loss of one of the honky tonk heroes of the 50’s and 60’s Grand Ole Opry member Stonewall Jackson… rest easy sir!!
— Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) 4 December 2021
After being born and raised in North Carolina, Jackson moved to Nashville and got a slot at the Opry by music executive Wesley Rose. At the time this made him the only Opry member to perform at the club without a record contract.
During his long career, Jackson delivered several number one hits in the US including “Don’t Be Angry,” “Life to Go” and “Waterloo” before being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in early 2010.