BMI is saddened by the passing of Joe Diffie, who died from complications of COVID-19 over the weekend. The country hitmaker helped rule the charts in the 1990’s with his recordings of “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Pickup Man,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “John Deere Green,” “Bigger Than the Beatles,” and “Ships That Don’t Come In,” which contributed to his 18 Top 10 singles in all, the majority of which reached the Top Five. As a songwriter in the ‘80s, Diffie also found success when legendary artist Hank Thompson cut his song “Love on the Rocks” and Holly Dunn took “There Goes My Heart Again” to the Top 5.
Diffie will be missed for the indelible mark he made in Nashville and beyond. Condolences to his family and friends from all of us at BMI.