Grammy Award winning Country music singer Joe Diffle died March 29 in Nashvile at the age of 61 as a result of complications from the Covid-19 virus. Diffle had announced only two days prior that he had been diagnosed positive for the virus.
He was best known for his hit songs “John Deere Green”, “Home”, “If the Devil Danced (in Empty Pockets)”, “Third Rock from the Sun”, “Bigger than the Beatles”, and “Pickup Man”.
Diffle appeared in an episode of “Diagnosis Murder” and “All My Friends are Cowboys”. He saw his music appear in “The Beverly Hillbillies”, “Twister”, “Edie & Pen”, “Company’s Comin’: A Tribute to Porter Wagoner”, and “The Marty Stuart Show”.
Over the course of his career, Diffle recorded 12 albums;; two of which went platinum. He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years. Along with a Grammy Award, Diffle is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Before hitting the music charts, Diffle worked at Gibson Guitars, sang on demos, and wrote songs.
He was born Joseph Logan Diffie on December 28, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahome but was raised in the small town of Velma. Prior to moving to Nashville, he played in bands, operated a small recording studio, and worked in an iron foundry.
He is survived by his fourth wife Tara and seven children.
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