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This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Diffie, who went from working in oil fields and foundries to becoming one of the most commercially successful country singers of the early and mids, died on Sunday in Nashville. He was His death, from complications of the coronavirus, was announced by his publicist, Scott Adkins. Diffie had revealed on Friday that he was being treated for the condition.
His publicist confirmed the death to Rolling Stone. Diffie was With a traditional-leaning voice that drew comparisons to George Jones, Diffie populated his records with honky-tonk ballads and lighthearted novelty tunes, earning the Oklahoma native five Number One singles in the first half of the Nineties. His father, who held jobs as a teacher, rancher, truck driver, and welder, had musical tastes that ran more toward traditional country, but Diffie learned about harmony singing by working in gospel and bluegrass groups, including, respectively, Higher Purpose and Special Edition. Diffie also played bars, VFW halls, and honky-tonks as a solo act in Duncan, Oklahoma, where he lived with his wife and children while working in a local foundry. He also partnered with his father to run a small recording studio. After the closing of the foundry and the dissolution of his first marriage, Diffie relocated to Nashville in , implementing a five-year plan to make it in the music business.
Joe Logan Diffie December 28, — March 29, was an American country music singer and songwriter. After working as a demo singer in the mid s, he signed with Epic Records ' Nashville division in In addition to these singles, he had 12 others reach the top 10 and ten more reach the top 40 on the same chart.