28 December 1958, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. According to Entertainment Weekly, country singer Joe Diffie is a first rate interpreter of working class woes, while Tammy Wynette described him as all her favourite vocalists rolled into one. His career took off in the 90s by dint of his honest, earthy narratives and accomplished balladeering.
Diffie grew up listening to his fathers collection of Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard discs, although he also loved the energy of rock n roll after seeing live performances from ZZ Top and Boston. After several years working in an iron foundry in Duncan, Oklahoma, Diffie sparked a second career by playing locally with gospel, country and bluegrass groups. His break came when one of the many songs he wrote in this period, Love On The Rocks, was recorded by Hank Thompson. Another composition, Loves Hurtin Game, was also considered by...
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