Who was Nanci Griffith married to? Grammy-winning singer-songwriter dies at 68

The news of Nanci Griffith's demise was announced by her management company on Friday, August 13


                            Who was Nanci Griffith married to? Grammy-winning singer-songwriter dies at 68
Nanci Griffith won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for 'Other Voices, Other Rooms' (Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

Grammy-winning folk singer-songwriter from Texas, Nanci Griffith passed away. She was 68 years old. The news of her demise was announced by her management company on Friday, August 13. No cause of death, however, is announced yet.

Griffith was famously known for her literary songs like 'Love at the Five and Dime'. Announcing the news of her death Gold Mountain Entertainment said in a statement, "It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing." We have witnessed the demise of several great music icons recently. Dusty Hill, Johnny Ventura, Sound Sultan, Robert Eugene Steinhardt are to name a few.

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Singer/Songwriter Nanci Griffth (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Griffith was best known for her recording of 'From a Distance', which was written and composed by Julie Gold, which would later become a well-known Bette Midler tune. It appeared on her first major-label release, 'Lone Star State of Mind' in 1987. The singer appeared many times on the PBS music program 'Austin City Limits' in 1985. She also appeared on the Channel 4 program 'Town & Country with John Prine', in 1990, where she performed at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, along with Buddy Mondlock, Robert Earl Keen, and Barry "Byrd" Burton.

Nanci Griffith won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for 'Other Voices, Other Rooms'. In 1995, she was awarded the Kate Wolf Memorial Award by the World Folk Music Association. The Americana Music Association awarded her its Americana Trailblazer Award in 2008. Griffith battled breast cancer which was diagnosed in 1996, and thyroid cancer in 1998.

Who was Nanci Griffith married to?

Many of Griffith's songs are said to be inspired by her high school boyfriend, John, who died in a motorcycle accident after taking her to the senior prom. Nanci Griffith married singer-songwriter, Eric Taylor, in 1976. The couple, however, separated in 1982. She got engaged to singer-songwriter Tom Kimmel in the early 1990s, but the couple never married.

'Nanci Griffith was wonderful'

As soon as the news of Nanci Griffith's demise broke out, fans posted messages remembering the 'masterpieces' of the great singer. One fan wrote, "I am absolutely stunned to learn that Nanci Griffith has died. One of my heroes and biggest influences. And absolute giant in the world of songwriting. My heart is broken." Another commented, "V sad to hear Nanci Griffith has died .I thought she was wonderful , a great live performer,storyteller songwriter with a unique soulful voice I owe her so much as I loved the sound of her records & was thrilled when she invited me to appear on one She will be so missed." One tweet read, "Nanci Griffith was a seriously good singer and songwriter. It used irritate me a lot that she was only known for From A Distance, but songs like Love At the Five and Dime and her version of Speed of the Sound of Loneliness are masterpieces"



 



 



 

 


 

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