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Country Music Legend George Jones Dies at 81

Posted by on Apr. 27, 2013 at 4:36 AM
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Country Music Legend George Jones Dies at 81

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Country music legend George Jones passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 after being hospitalized for a fever and irregular blood pressure. The Country Music Hall of Famer was 81.


Jones, born on Sept. 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, is best known for his songs He Stopped Loving Her Today, Walk Through This World With Me and Tender Years.



He is survived by his wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins and his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


The country music community has taken to Twitter to express their condolences following news of Jones' death. Here are a few of those tweets:


Tim McGraw: "Gone ...... George Jones he was country music."


Jason Aldean: "So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones today. Country music has lost one of our pioneers and legendary icons. You will never be forgotten."


LeAnn Rimes: "So sad we lost "the possum" today. R.I.P George Jones and know we didn't stop loving you today. You will live on forever in our hearts."


Jennifer Nettles: "I'll never forget the first time I heard the story in "He Stopped Loving Her Today". RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed."


John Rich: "Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some #georgejones dna in their blood and music. My God. We've lost our Elvis."


Keith Urban: "If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!"


Martina McBride: "So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans."



Faith Hill: "We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away..."


Chuck Wicks: "George Jones may you rest in peace buddy."


Blake Shelton: "Really REALLY bad news. We've lost a country music legend. And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones..."


Carrie Underwood: "Prayers going to George Jones' family today. Rest in peace, George. You are loved and will be missed greatly."


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by Platinum Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 4:42 AM


George Jones: Career in Photos
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" was one of Jones' best-known hits. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press /April 1, 1996)


By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

April 27, 2013




Three decades ago, an east Texas singer named George Jones took on an impossibly melodramatic, shamelessly sentimental song about a man who desperately clutched at lost love until his dying breath.


His 1980 recording of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" became one of the most revered songs in country music history.


Singers Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard were known for the poetically crafted lyrics of their country standards. But Jones' anguish-drenched vocals elevated "He Stopped Loving Her Today" above its soap-opera lyrics in polls of the greatest country music songs.

George Jones: Career in Photos


From 1955 to 2005, Jones put 167 records on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart - a history-making 143 of them in the top 40 - and won two Grammy Awards. Along the way, he won admirers as diverse as Frank Sinatra, James Taylor and the Who's Pete Townshend.


Jones, 81, died Friday in Nashville, a little more than a week after being hospitalized for a fever and irregular blood pressure, ending a long, tumultuous life that frequently outstripped the songs he sang in terms of sheer drama.


"The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen," Merle Haggard said Friday in a statement.


Vince Gill, whose 20 Grammy Awards make him the most lauded male country singer ever, said, "There aren't words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I'll miss my kind and generous friend."


In George Jones, glorious musical achievement lived side by side with personal heartbreak. Frustration, failure, disappointment and loss gave way later in life to personal and artistic redemption in recent decades.


That Jones continued touring and recording until this month astonished and delighted fans who had seen him struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, multiple marriages and divorces, lawsuits over his erratic behavior, and brushes with death in motor vehicle accidents. His life became the stuff of country legend: Following a drinking binge during which his wife took his car keys so he couldn't drive, Jones famously commandeered a motorized lawn mower and drove himself to the nearest liquor store.


"Hopefully [people] will remember me for my music and forgive me of the things I did that let 'em down," Jones said in 2006. He also understood he wouldn't be absolved of everything: "There are some things you just can't make up to people," he said of the many performances he missed over the years because of his struggles with alcohol and drugs, which led to the nickname "No Show Jones" that followed him for many years in the 1970s and '80s.


Yet, along the way, he continued to deliver hit after hit from 1955, when he first scored with "Why Baby Why," through his final appearance on the pop chart 50 years later as a guest of Waylon Jennings' son Shooter Jennings on "4th of July."

"In country music, George Jones set the standard long ago," the late Johnny Cash once said. "No one has compared to him yet."

 Or, as the now-departed Waylon Jennings famously remarked, "If we could all sound like we wanted to, we would all sound like George Jones."

 "George Jones was the ultimate voice of country music," said Robert Hilburn, The Times' former pop music critic. "He was someone whose pure and traditional tone represented to country music singing what Hank Williams represented to country songwriting. When people talk about country music being the white man's blues, they can explain their point by simply playing a George Jones song."


George Glenn Jones was born Sept. 12, 1931, and grew up in Saratoga, a small, dusty town northeast of Houston in the Big Thicket region of Texas. He was the eighth child of George Washington Jones, a pipe fitter and shipyard worker who played guitar, and, Clara Jones, a church pianist.


The modest household was dominated by the sounds of gospel and country music - and the abusive rages of the young singer's father, who turned to alcohol to drown his pain when Jones' sister died from a fever.


"We were our Daddy's loved ones when he was sober, his prisoners when he was drunk," the singer wrote in his 1996 autobiography, "I Lived to Tell the Tale."


As an 11-year-old, Jones made his first money as a singer when he played guitar and warbled Eddy Arnold songs for coins in front of a local church.


by Platinum Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 4:47 AM


by Platinum Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 5:18 AM

Very sad. I first heard yesterday while leaving work. I grew up listening to him on the radio, back when AM was the thing! LOL

by Platinum Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 5:23 AM



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