Country artist Stonewall Jackson has died at 89
(CelebrityAccess) – Stonewall Jackson, a country singer and guitarist who recorded numerous hits with honky tonk classics such as “Life to Go” and “Waterloo” died on Saturday. He was 89 years old.
The Nashville WSMV reported that his family attributed his death to complications from vascular dementia.
Notably, Jackson’s name was not what he took for the stage but his first name, named in honor of the American Civil War-era Confederate general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Born in North Carolina, Jackson moved to Georgia, where he was raised by his family, following the death of his father.
After a stint in the US Navy, Jackson moved to Nashville, where he became the first country music artist to appear on the Grand Ole Opry before landing a recording contract.
He joined the Grand Ole Opry as a member in 1956 and went on to become one of the oldest members of the country music organization.
In 1958, he made his first major breakthrough in the charts with “Life to Go,” a song written by George Jones that peaked at No. 2 on the US country charts.
Jackson followed up his initial success with a series of hits that included “Waterloo”, “Mary Don’t You Weep”, “A Wound Time Can’t Erase”, “BJ the DJ” and “Don’t Be Angry”, among others.
In all, between 1958 and 1971 Jackson amassed an impressive collection of 35 Top 40 country hits, 1971’s “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” being his last record to make the top 10.
Despite his long-time membership in the Grand Ole Opry, Jackson sued the organization in 2006, alleging age discrimination and claiming management sidelined him from younger performers because of his age.
The lawsuit was settled two years later for an undisclosed amount, and Jackson returned to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House and remained a member for the rest of his life.
His wife, Juanita, who was Jackson’s personal manager and oversaw his songbook Turp Tunes, predeceased him in 2019.
Jackson is survived by his son, Stonewall Jackson Jr.