Monday, June 17, 2024

Joe Diffie, 61, Country Superstar from the 90s, Hits Included “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Home,” “Pick Up Man”


This stuff is getting serious. I never thought I’d be writing so man=y obits in a short period. We must take this virus seriously.

Now it’s claimed a great country superstar, Joe Diffie, who was 61 and a country radio staple in the 80s and 90s. His 18 country hits included “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Home,” “Pick Up Man,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Bigger Than the Beatles,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” and “John Deere Green.”

There are outpourings of love for Joe all over social media. “Soul Man” Sam Moore tells me: “Joe Diffie and I became buddies all the way back when I recorded “Rainy Night in Georgia” with Conway Twitty. I had the great pleasure of singing with him at the Ryman and the Opry. I even did a cameo in one of his videos. His loss is shocking from this damn virus is shocking and shaken myself, my wife and my daughter Michelle, who had done a lot of TV production with him on his specials and videos.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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