Joe Diffie, Famed Country Songwriter, Passes Away at 61 from Complications of COVID-19

Edited by JOHN DALY

Joe Diffie, who wrote hit songs for a range of country musicians, has passed away from complications of coronavirus, according to a statement from Diffie’s publicist.

Considered one of the most successful singer-songwriters of the 1990s, Diffie wrote for artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina. Diffie has 13 albums and more than 20 Top-10 hits to his credit.

Only a few nights ago he posted on Facebook to tell his fans about his medical care:


Diffie was a Tulsa, Oklahoma native and other chart-topping songs of his include “Home,” “If The Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “New Way (To Light Up An Old Flame),” “Ships That Don’t Come In,” “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green,” “Third Rock From The Sun,” “Pickup Man,” “So Help Me Girl,” “Bigger Than The Beatles,” “Texas Size Heartache,” “A Night To Remember” and “It’s Always Somethin.’” 

Recently, he released Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie!, his first-ever vinyl LP.