Joe Diffie’s Widow Asks Fans To ‘Please Keep His Legacy Alive Forever’
On March 29, 2020, country music lost one of its greatest talents. Joe Diffie, the voice behind ’90s hits “John Deere Green,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” and “Pickup Man,” passed away due to complications of the coronavirus at the age of 61.
Diffie’s untimely passing caused a surge in record sales, proof of the fans’ devotion to his music and the impact that he had on country music during his 30 year career. Shortly after the news of his death was released, the singer’s Biggest Hits: Joe Diffie album shot to the top of the iTunes Top Album chart and his Ultimate Collection album sits at No. 9, making him the only country artist currently in the Top 10 of the all-genre chart. In addition, three of his songs currently sit in Top 10 of the all-genre Top Songs iTunes chart.
The love of Joe Diffie and his music is apparent. In addition to a rush on his albums and singles, fans and fellow artists around the country honored the late singer Monday night with a virtual candlelight vigil.
Some of Diffie’s Nashville-area friends held a parade in his honor. Dozens of pickup trucks, tractors and other vehicles drove through a Nolensville, Tennessee, neighborhood. Many of those vehicles were playing Joe Diffie songs loudly on their radio as they drove the parade route.
Joe Diffie’s widow, whom he married in May of 2018, took to social media Monday evening to express her gratitude for all of the support and to plead with fans to keep his music and legacy alive.
“I cannot count how many people have contacted me. From coast to coast, all walks of life. Joe was so loved and I hope he can see how he affected everyone’s lives. From the candles, to the parade, to the people leaving gifts at the house- i thank you from the bottom of my heart! The radio stations are all playing his music and it makes my heart happy. We have loved every tribute. He loved his fans, his friends, his family and he was truly happy. Please keep playing his music. Please keep his legacy alive forever,” Tara Diffie captioned a photo of her and her late husband.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Joe Diffie’s family during this difficult time.