No he is not dead. Just spotted that it is his birthday. Billboard looks at the top-performing solo male artists in the chart's history, dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception and he is 34 on the all time list, ahead of Springsteen, Bieber,Orbison He has sold over 75m records but has very little impact in Europe. Not sure why and I don't even know if he has ever toured the UK. Maybe his music is too much America but similar artists like Bryan Adams, John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen were all more popular here. Maybe he just couldn't be bothered as his net worth is 45 million dollars.