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George Jones Died Today April 26, 2013
George Jones, the legendary country singer who sang the heartbreak classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” died today at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized in recent days.
In a career that lasted more than 50 years, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, from the 50s to the 90s, and was idolized by singers in many genres; including Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, James Taylor and countless others. Johnny Cash in response to the question “Who is your favorite singer?” would playfully tease “You mean apart from George Jones?”. Jones recorded more than 150 albums becoming the symbol of traditional country music. An accomplishment that even his idol Hank Williams would have been proud of. He is described as one of the greatest singers in American music history. Jones 1980 hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is regarded by many as the greatest country song ever recorded.
Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, and played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He served in the Marine Corps than returned to Texas. In 1955, his “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single, moving up the charts to number four and beginning a remarkable career: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.
In 1969, Jones married Tammy Wynette; one of the most famous marriages in country music. Jones followed Wynette to Epic Records and began working with her producer, Billy Sherrill, who would be responsible for his biggest hits of the ’70s and ’80s.
Some of the people who knew Jones best paid tribute to the legendary singer tonight:
Vince Gill: ”There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”
Garth Brooks: ”The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die. Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.”
Alan Jackson: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”
Hank Williams Jr.: “Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many.”
Merle Haggard: ”The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”
Kenny Rogers: “George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived. He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal to the listener – I think more than anyone else. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered.”
Travis Tritt: “I am just devastated by the news that George Jones has passed away! The music world has lost one of the most original and innovative talents that the world has ever known. I feel such a personal loss of not only one of the greatest vocal influences of my life, but also I’ve lost a dear friend. Visits with George have always been full of joy and laughter. Every time I would see him, George would always greet me with a funny story or a joke! His legacy will put his name at the top of the most influential artists in history, right along with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. His voice will be influencing singers 100 years from now and beyond! I’m reminded of the lyrics that Waylon wrote in the tune ‘It’s Alright.’ ‘If we all sang like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones!’”
Lorrie Morgan: “Country music lost an icon today and I have lost a dear and beloved friend. With tear-filled eyes, I’m reminiscing this morning about all that I learned from and loved about George Jones. He was part of my ‘country music education;’ he made country music history and, in my opinion, George Jones is a song’s best friend. No one will leave an imprint on my life like George did.”
Mark Chesnutt: For a newcomer, it was intimidating to open for him; there was even more pressure to close for him. George gave me strength and encouragement; he kept telling me ‘you can do it, son.’ George Jones is the Father of Country. We will all miss his voice, and I will miss his voice to call me ’son.’”
List of George Jones number one country hits. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jones
“White Lightning” (1959)
“Tender Years” (1961)
“She Thinks I Still Care” (1962)
“Walk Through This World with Me” (1967)
“We’re Gonna Hold On” (with Tammy Wynette) (1973)
“The Grand Tour” (1974)
“The Door” (1975)
“Golden Ring” (with Tammy Wynette) (1976)
“Near You” (with Tammy Wynette) (1977)
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
“I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” (with Barbara Mandrell) (1981)
“Still Doin’ Time” (1981)
“Yesterday’s Wine” (with Merle Haggard) (1982)
“I Always Get Lucky with You” (1983)
He will be missed; my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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