from the Nashville Tennessean and CLICK HERE for the full/complete article on the life and death of Joe Diffie…..
CLICK HERE for the YouTube Video from Joe Diffie, “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox(If I Die)”….Diffie sang, I want to go to heaven, I just don’t want to go tonight”….Joe Diffie died on Saturday night….Some kind of song here, and you need to check it out…Diffie also sang, “I a’int afraid of dying, it’s the thought of being dead”….
Joe Diffie, a country star, Grammy winner and longtime Grand Ole Opry member, died Sunday from coronavirus complications. He was 61.
A representative for Diffie confirmed his death in a news release. The “Pickup Man” and “John Deere Green” singer announced Friday that he tested positive for the virus.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Diffie enjoyed a consistent run of country hits in the early 1990s. “Pickup Man” was among five chart-toppers he scored in the first half of the decade.
He moved to Nashville in 1986, after losing his factory job in Oklahoma.
“When I got laid off, I was like, ‘Well, you know what, I think I’m just going to try it,’” he told Bobby Bones in 2019. “I just loaded up everything I could get in this old beat up car I had, and off I went.”
As news broke of Diffie’s death on Sunday, fans turned to the singer’s classic songs on YouTube and streaming services. Among those was 1993’s “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die).” Diffie didn’t write the song, but he made it his own.
“Just let my headstone be a neon sign/ Just let it burn in memory of all of my good times,” he sang. “… I’ll be the life of the party, even when I’m dead and gone.”