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More than 50 years on the stage: Country singer Stonewall Jackson is dead

More than 50 years on the stage
Country singer Stonewall Jackson is dead

He lived for country music and had his greatest hits in the 1950s and 1960s. Long after that he was on stage. Now the US singer Stonewall Jackson has died at the age of 89.

Mourning for Stonewall Jackson: The American country singer has died at the age of 89. This was confirmed by the Grand Ole Opry, the country radio show on which Jackson had appeared for more than 50 years from 1956, the “People” magazine. The singer recently suffered from vascular dementia. Jackson celebrated numerous musical successes in his long career, especially in the 50s and 60s. His most famous songs were among others “Waterloo”, “Don’t Be Angry” and “BJ the DJ”.

Stonewall Jackson was born in Tabor City in the US state of North Carolina in 1932. He grew up in poor circumstances. As an eight-year-old, he had to work in the fields. Jackson first came into contact with music after swapping his old bike for a guitar. On this he taught himself first chords.

Long career on stage

Jackson made his first appearances on stage while serving in the army. After his release, the American moved to Nashville in 1956, where he devoted himself entirely to his music career. Thanks to the right contacts, Jackson was offered a multi-year contract with the country radio show Grand Ole Opry – even though he was still without a record deal.

However, it was not long in coming and was offered to him by Columbia Records in 1956. It was there that Jackson finally released numerous of his hits and albums. “Waterloo” became his first number one single, followed by “BJ the DJ”. By 1983 Jackson released more than 20 studio albums. 44 of his songs landed on the Billboard charts.

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