Joe Logan Diffie was an American country music singer and songwriter. Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at number one. He also co-wrote singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, and Jo Dee Messina. His albums Honky Tonk Attitude and Third Rock from the Sun are certified platinum.
About Joe Diffie in brief
Joe Logan Diffie was an American country music singer and songwriter. He died due to complications related to COVID-19 during the pandemic on March 29, 2020 at the age of 61. Diffie charted 35 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, five of which peaked at number one. He also co-wrote singles for Holly Dunn, Tim McGraw, and Jo Dee Messina, and recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, George Jones, and Marty Stuart. His style is defined by a neotraditionalist country influence with a mix of novelty songs and ballads. His albums Honky Tonk Attitude and Third Rock from the Sun are certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, while 1992’s Regular Joe and 1995’s Life’s So Funny are both certified gold. His album, Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album, was released in late 2010 through Rounder. The first single from his debut album, A Thousand Roads, released at the end of 1990, with producers Johnny Montgomery and Buddy Montgomery as producers. The second single, There Goes My Heart Again, which Diffie sang and sang the backing vocals for, was the first single released by Holly Dunn in early 1990, and reached the top of the Billboard country chart. The third single, Winding Roads, was a No. 2 hit for Diffie in the spring of 1991. The fourth and final single, Bigger Than the Beatles, came out in the summer of 1994, and peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country chart.
He was married to his wife, Debbie, who later became his wife of 20 years. He had two children with his second wife, Amy. He is survived by his wife and three children. He has a son and two step-daughters, all of whom are currently living in the U.S. and have no plans to move to the United States. He lived in Duncan, Oklahoma, with his wife. He worked in oil fields, then drove a truck that pumped concrete in the oilfield in Alice, Texas, before he moved back to Duncan to work in a foundry. His first musical performance came at age 14, when he performed in his Aunt Dawn Anita’s country music band. In his last two years in high school, Diffie played football, baseball, and golf in addition to running track; in his senior year, he was recognized as Best All-Around Male Athlete. He attended Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Although he initially earned credits toward medical school, he decided against a medical profession after marrying for the first time in 1977 and ultimately dropped out before graduation. He later worked as a musician on the side, first in a gospel group called Higher Purpose, and then in a bluegrass band called Special Edition. He built a recording studio, began touring with Special Edition in adjacent states, and sent demonstration recordings to publishers in Nashville. In mid-1989, he quit working at Gibson Guitar Corporation to record full-time.