GAC extends condolences to the family and friends of artist Jack Barlow, who has passed away at the age of 87. He died July 29 at Jackson Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Jack began working as a singer/songwriter in the mid-1960s, releasing his first single “I Love Country Music,” which reached No. 1 on the charts.
Born in Moline, Illinois in 1924, Jack served in the Navy during World War II. After leaving the Navy, he worked on a farm before quickly becoming a popular mid-west disc jockey. After “I Love Country Music” hit No. 1, he moved to Nashville where he worked with artists such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, Dottie West, Patsy Cline, Mel Tillis, Porter Wagoner, Chet Atkins and Boots Randolph. He went on to record 4 albums and numerous singles including “Catch the Wind,” a Top 10 hit.
In 1972, Jack recorded a jingle for Big Red Chewing Gum. He continued recording jingles and was the voice of several commercials for brands such as Budweiser, Chrysler, Kraft, Dodge and Kellogg’s. He was also said to have written novelty songs under the name Zoot Fenster. He continued to make regular appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, the Landmark and Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and at the Montreal World Fair. He recorded his last album, I Live the Country Songs I Sing, in 2007.
Jack is survived by his wife Dianne of 24 years, seven children and several grandchildren. A tribute to Jack is scheduled for August 13 from 5-9PM at Harpeth Hills Memory Garden Funeral Home, 9090 HWY 100 in Nashville, TN 37221. It is open to the public.