Alan Jackson is celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of his most iconic songs. The 64-year-old posted a video, honoring the 2003 release of “Remember When,” a song he wrote, by himself, for his wife, Denise. “Remember When” was the second single from Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II album.
Jackson shared a video with clips of him performing the song on social media.
— Alan Jackson (@OfficialJackson) August 1, 2023
Jackson and Denise married in 1979. Although the briefly split at one point in their marriage, which she details in her book, It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life, the couple has found a way to make their marriage work, even amid his busy schedule.
“We got a lot of history together now, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been,” Jackson told his record label. “So, she’s still beautiful, and she’s always inspired songs. I mean, one of my early hits was a song called ‘I’d Love You All Over Again,’ I wrote for her for our 10th anniversary. There’s been a zillion songs that have pieces of our good days and bad days inspired, and they continue to.”
The Georgia native has been open about his infidelity that led to their separation, which he attributed in part to his superstar career.
“I was gone a lot, and you know, vulnerable, and just made some bad choices,” Jackson told CBS Sunday Morning. “I was worried about people knowing about that. But then again, I’m a person. Just real. I’m a human being just like anybody and make mistakes, and I think it was even better to see that we survived that and have turned it around.”
Denise has been by her husband’s side through a lot of highs and lows, including the tragic loss of their son-in-law, Ben Selecman (married to their oldest daughter, Mattie), and Jackson’s diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a rare degenerative nerve condition. Jackson announced that he was battling the disease in 2021, after quietly dealing with it, and its symptoms, for years.
“I have this neuropathy and neurological disease,” Jackson revealed on the Today Show. “It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy … There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable.”
Due to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Jackson is no longer actively performing. All of his music can be found at AlanJackson.com.