(Nashville, TN-1.13.13) I was fortunate enough to be invited to Jack Greene’s 83rd birthday bash which took place this past Wednesday, January 9th, and it was a great party for the man they call the Jolly Green Giant. He was surrounded with family and his friends in attendance at John A’s restaurant on Music Valley Drive.
A special thank you to LeeAnn Lallone who made this evening so special. LeeAnn has been with Jack for some time and all of us in the country music industry owe her a great vote of gratitude and thanks for the great job she has done and continues to do for Jack and her support of his music.. In the picture Jack is with his sister Ruth Humdley.
This picture is LeeAnn and Jack with his beautiful cake. LeeAnn really has taken care of Jack through all of his health issues which now includes Jack being in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and to have Jack sing at his birthday party was not on the agenda, but he wanted to perform his two greatest songs, and perform he did. LeeAnn has been Jack’s eye’s and his spokeswoman and has been a blessing through all of Jack’s health issues. No one at the party had any idea that Jack is going through these problems because LeeAnn has worked so hard to make his career continue on with no incident. She has been a God Send to Jack and he has responded with so many good things, but he proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jack Greene is one of the great singers of all time in country music. E.T. would be so proud of his drummer boy.
Those in attendance that I recall were Jan Howard and Jeannie Seely, Grand Ole Opry members, Dianne Sherrill, Don Ellis, Helen Cornelius, David Frizzell, Johnny Counterfit, Becky Hobbs, Eddie Bayer’s (12 time ACM Musician of the Year), Dallas Frazier (songwriter who wrote Jack’s #1 super song “There Goes My Everything), Steve Hall of Shotgun Red fame, John A. Hobbs, Karen Wheeler, Tracey Houston, Ron Elliott steel guitarist in the Jolly Green Giant Band, Dan Schafer who entertained superbly with his electronic genius equipment, and what a great job he did. Also in attendance were two of the guitar players who played on the Opry spots for Jack, Penn Pennington and Jimmy Capps. I know there are no doubt others that I have missed and my apologies go out to them . It was not done intentionally.
Sometimes when you attend an event you go because you are invited, but at some of those functions you are witness to something that is extra special, and this past Wednesday, those who attended witnessed the super awesome performance given by Jack with vocal background by Jeannie Seely (Jack’s former duet partner), and Dallas Frazier writer of “There Goes My Everything,” and Penn Pennington his guitar player, and Dan Schafer. Jack sang two of the most awesome songs ever written and recorded in the country music industry by one of its most awesome voices, Jack Greene singing There Goes My Everything and Statue of a Fool. Unless you were there to hear Jack singing you would not believe how great his voice still resonates at the age of 83 years young. It was chiseled to the note of each song. What a super birthday party for Jack Greene, and thank to LeeAnn Lallone for making it possible. I am thrilled that I was in attendance on this special day in country music.
Now that all being said about how great of an evening it was for Jack, it was a great evening for those of us who were in attendance to be part of his celebration, but I was hoping that I would see more Grand Ole Opry members at his birthday party. I spoke with Jack for several minutes, Jerry Overcast took a couple of pictures of us and I amazed at how great Jack looked and sounded, and we are all looking forward to his 84th, 85th, and more birthday celebrations, so LeeAnn, get ready for 2014 and hopefully you will invite me again.
LeeAnn wishes to thank Ginny Foley and her staff for the wonderful decorations for Jack’s birthday party.