Encore John Hore Grenell country music icon passes away aged 78.
John Hore Grenell, a New Zealand recording artist superstar, passed away at age 78. According to his ex-wife and long-time friend Deirdre Lusby, Grenell died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest on Wednesday night. “The family is preparing a private farewell for John, followed by a public send-off with a musical celebration of his life at a later date,” she added.
Grenell released his debut song in 1963 and is best known for his 1990 rendition of Welcome to Our World, highlighted in a Toyota marketing campaign.
The brilliant achievements made by the star.
In 1966 and 1974, he symbolized New Zealand at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Dave Maybee, a bandmate, composer, and buddy described Grenell as a bashful rural lad with an outstanding vocal.
“He was a shy star,” he explained. “He has a one-in-a-million voice.” That voice of his was very exceptional. He became famous quickly and was propelled into national and international prominence at a young age. “He did battle with that at times.” He was only a regular farm lad from Ranfurly.”
The early life, family, and career heights reached by John:
He began growing up and was educated on the farmlands in Kyeburn and went to Dunedin’s Otago Boys’ Junior High. Throughout the mid-1960s, he competed in various competitions before signing with Joe Brown Records, mostly under the identity John Hore in 1964.
Grenell traveled worldwide and had many successful records and songs in the 1960s. He had produced 100,000 recordings by the time he was just 19 years old.
He decided to take a break mostly from the music industry in the 1970s and 1980s to assist in creating a horseback riding tourism enterprise in Queenstown. In the late 1980s, he resurfaced in the entertainment industry as John Grenell and had additional hit recordings. He had a hemorrhage in 2009, which left him unable to recollect the songs at first.