Country singer Stonewall Jackson has passed away at the age of 89.
The artist was best known for being a longtime and longtime member of the landmark show, The Grand Ole Opry.
According to People, executives from the Grand Ole Opry confirmed that the singer died on Saturday after a “long battle” with vascular dementia.
Departure: Country singer Stonewall Jackson died at the age of 89; he is seen in 2007
The artist’s funeral is currently underway.
Jackson is survived by his son, Stonewall Jackson Jr, whom he shared with his late wife Juanita, who died in 2019.
The singer was born in November 1932 in Tabor City, North Carolina.
He then moved to Nashville in hopes of starting a musical career, including visiting the offices of the Acuff-Rose publishing house in hopes of securing an audition.
In the past: The singer was born in Tabor City, North Carolina, and then moved to a farm in South Georgia.
It was introduced to Ernest Tubbs, who hired it as an opening act, and he went on to receive the Ernest Tubb Memorial Award for his contributions to country music in 1997.
Jackson eventually got an audition for the Grand Ole Opry, and he joined the organization in 1956 without having a recording contract, eventually becoming its longest-serving member.
His first hit, Life To Go, came out in 1958 and launched his career.
The singer went on to record numerous chart-topping tracks including Waterloo, Don’t Be Angry and I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water.
Signature: Jackson eventually got an audition for the Grand Ole Opry, and he joined the organization in 1956 without having a recording contract, eventually becoming its longest-serving member.
According to the Associated Press, he racked up 44 singles on the Billboard country charts.
His latest hit was a cover of Lobo’s song Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, released in 1971, which broke the Top 40 on the American Countries list.
Jackson notably filed a federal age discrimination complaint against the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 75 in 2008.
Stonewall claimed his performance at the show was drastically curtailed from 1998 onwards, and he sued for $ 10 million in compensatory damages and an additional $ 10 million in punitive damages.
Take action: Jackson notably filed a federal age discrimination complaint against the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 75 in 2008
The musician then settled the lawsuit, the terms of the agreement remaining hidden from the public.
Jackson then formed his own publishing house, Turp Tunes, which was run by Juanita until her death.
The Associated Press also reported that he privately published an autobiography titled From the Bottom Up in 1991.
In 2013, the musician sat down for an interview with Music Charts Magazine and said that while he understood the need to record albums, he mostly focused on performing at the Opry.
Proud singer: In 2013, the musician gave an interview to Music Charts Magazine and said that while he understood the need to record albums, he mostly focused on performing at the Opry; we see him playing in 1999
“I’m not handing over the company record because it’s also very important, but for me the way I came here and everything, the Grand Ole Opry has been the mainstay of my career. I still really like the Grand Ole Opry, ”he said.
The singer, who used the show as a way to refine his performances, also said that “I plan to play it as long as I can still sing Don’t Be Angry”.
A performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night was dedicated to the singer’s memory.
In memory: A show at the Grand Ole Opry which, on Saturday evening, was dedicated to the memory of the singer; he is seen in 2012