Hailing from Maryville, Tennessee, Greene got his start in the record business as a vocalist in Ernest Tubb's band, but he hardly had the same almost-on-key "twang" as his boss. In fact, Greene's smooth, pleasant sound contrasted a great deal with Tubb's blue-collar intonation. Nicknamed "the Jolly Green Giant," Greene learned guitar and drums but mined his vocal chords for a solid string of hit records from 1966-1969, including one with Jeannie Seely, who joined his road show and recorded duets with him for several years. A bit of trivia: in 1967, Greene became the first country artist ever to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. ~ Tom Roland, Rovi