Contact Us

Johnnie Wright Dies at 97

Johnnie Wright
David Redferns, Getty Images

Country singer Johnnie Wright died Tuesday morning in his Madison, Tenn. home. The 97-year-old ‘Hello Vietnam’ singer was married to Country Music Hall of Famer Kitty Wells, and was one half of the ’50s duo Johnnie and Jack. He also sang with the Tennessee Mountain Boys.

Johnnie and Jack (with Jack Anglin) were one of the more influential harmonizing duets in the mid-20th century. They scored numerous hits on the Billboard charts between 1951 and 1961, the biggest being ‘(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely’ which spent two weeks at No. 1. ‘Poison Love’ and ‘Stop the World’ were two of their other well known hits.

‘Hello Vietnam’ was Wright’s best known solo hit. The 1965 chart-topper was featured in the opening minutes of the movie ‘Full Metal Jacket.’ He also worked alongside his wife, and is credited for coming up with her stage name. The couple were married for 74 years until Wright passed away. They last performed together in 2000.

In addition to Wells, Wright is survived by a daughter and a son. He is preceded in death by another daughter named Ruby. The funeral arrangements are pending.

Hear ‘Hello Vietnam’ in ‘Full Metal Jacket’

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Taste of Country

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://tasteofcountry.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Register on Taste of Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a member? Sign up here

Register on Taste of Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!