NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country musician Stonewall Jackson, who sang on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and had #1 hits with “Waterloo” and others, died Saturday after a long battle with vascular dementia. He was 89 years old.
Opry, the longest running radio show in history, announced Jackson’s death in a news release.
Jackson, a guitarist, performed on Opry starting in 1956 and still appeared on the show in 2010. His real name is Stonewall, after Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
According to WSMV-TV, the late Porter Wagoner would introduce Stonewall on his show by saying that he came to Opry “with a heart full of love and a sack full of songs”.
“Waterloo” was a hit on the country and pop charts in 1959. His other hits, mainly in the 1960s, included “Don’t Be Angry,” “BJ the DJ”, “Why I’m Walkin”, “A Time The Wound Can’t Be Erased” and “I washed my hands in fresh water. ”
In 1971, he recorded Lobo’s version of “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo”.
During his career, Jackson hit 44 singles on the Billboard country chart.
In 2008, at the age of 75, he settled a federal age discrimination lawsuit against Opry. He claimed Opry officials cut his appearances starting in 1998, and demanded $10 million in punitive damages and $10 million in punitive damages. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Jackson was born in eastern North Carolina and raised on a farm in southern Georgia.
Jackson’s mentor early in his career was country legend Ernest Tubb, who bought him his first theatrical suits and hired him as the opening act. He was awarded the Ernest Tubb Memorial Award in 1997 for his contributions to country music, according to the Grand Ole Opry website.
In 1991, he published his own autobiography, “From the Bottom Up.”
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