Nanci Griffith Grammy winning singer dies at 68

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Grammy Winning Singer, Nanci Griffith Dies at 68

Nanci Griffith: The famous singer Nanci Griffith who was also the only Grammy-winning folk singer and songwriter has died at the age of 68. The Texan musician was known for many famous songs like “Love at the Five and Dime”, which celebrated the South.

A press release statement from Griffith’s manager to the Associated Press confirmed the news of her death. No cause was disclosed. “It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,” Gold Mountain Entertainment said in a statement.

The youngest one of all the three children, Nanci was born in Seguin, Texas on 6th July 1954. Her family then moved to Austin shortly after her birth. Her father, Marlin Griffiths, was a very reputable graphics artist and barbershop quartet singer, her mother Ruelene was a real estate agent and an amateur actor. However, Her parents divorced in 1960.

Nanci Griffith began her singing career as a performer in a local coffeehouse at the age of 12. Her father took her to see Townes Van Zandt when she was a teenager and she recalled being “blown away by his eloquence and his writing”, she told Texas Monthly in a 1999 interview.


One of the most famous and memorable, her debut album There’s a Light Beyond These Woods, was released in 1978, with a cover designed by Griffith’s father. the title of the song of her third album once in a Very Blue Moon was covered by Dolly Parton for her 1985 record, Real Love. one of the most famous songs of Nanci was onice in a Very Blue Moon, was covered Dolly Parton for her 1985 record, Real Love.

The one who use to paid the tribute early was Michael Hall, who shared the interview he did with Griffith in 1999, and “American Pie” singer Don McLean. In a statement “Townes Van Zandt said her version of ‘Tecumseh Valley’ was ‘the best cover of any of my songs ever’.”

Griffith was diagnosed with cancer at least twice in her lifetime. The first one was breast cancer in 1996 and then later with thyroid cancer in 1999.

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