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OTRC: Jack Greene dies: Country star was 83

Jack Greene appears in concert at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee on April 22, 2006. (flickr.com/photos/joshbousel/)

Country singer Jack Greene, known for the 1966 song "Ever Since My Baby Went Away" has died at age 83.

The musician, whose nickname was the "Jolly Green Giant," passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on March 14. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement released by the Grand Ole Opry, the city's prestigious music venue that welcomed him as a member in 1967.

That year, Greene also became the first country performer to take part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

"The Opry family has lost a valued member," the group said on its Facebook page. "Thank you Jack Greene for years of great music and memories. Prayers with his loved ones today."

Greene, a native of Maryville, began his career at age 17. He worked in radio and then played in bands, namely the Texas Troubadours, in the 1960s. He pursued a solo career in 1964 and scored hits with songs such as "Ever Since My Baby Went Away" and "There Goes My Everything."

He formed a duo with fellow Grand Ole Opry member Jeannie Seeley in 1970. In 2010, Greene released his final album, "Precious Memories, Treasured Friends.

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