Statler Brothers’ Singer To Undergo Heart Bypass Surgery
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Jimmy Fortune is a country music singer and songwriter from Nelson County, Virginia. He is best known for his 21-year tenure as the tenor vocalist for the iconic country quartet, The Statler Brothers. Fortune joined the group in 1982, following the departure of the group’s original tenor, Lew DeWitt. He quickly became a fan favorite for his smooth and emotive vocals, as well as his skillful songwriting.
During his time with The Statler Brothers, Fortune co-wrote many of the group’s biggest hits, including “Elizabeth”, “Too Much on My Heart”, and “More Than a Name on a Wall.” He also released several solo albums and scored several solo hits, including “I Believe” and “My Only Love.”
Following the group’s retirement in 2002, Fortune continued his solo career and released several more albums, including “I Believe,” “Feeling Like Christmas,” and “Hits & Hymns.” He has also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Fortune’s music is characterized by its heartfelt lyrics, beautiful harmonies, and soulful melodies. His songs often deal with themes of love, faith, and family, and are beloved by fans of traditional country and gospel music. In addition to his music career, Fortune is also an accomplished author and has written several books, including his memoir, Too Much on My Heart.
He is known for his humility, kindness, and deep love of music, and his influence on the country and gospel music communities is immeasurable.
Fortune’s team took to Facebook on Monday evening (Feb 13), and revealed that after undergoing some tests on his heart, and shared there were “concerning areas…found.”
“He now will have bypass surgery on Wednesday to create new routes for his blood to his heart. He is incredibly positive and we have met with his surgeon and feel great about his care!” the post read. They also revealed that his recovery will take about 12 weeks and plans to be back on the road as soon as he is cleared by his doctors.
“Your prayers are greatly appreciated and we know there is so much power in them so please keep them up! We know GOD HEARS US,” his team wrote.
We will keep Jimmy in our prayers! See the full Facebook post below.