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    Default Country singer George Jones dies at 81

    Country singer George Jones, who awed listeners with his ability to immerse himself in his songs and compelled them to do the same, has died. He was 81 years old.



    Jones was a revelation in the country music culture – equal parts vocal phenom and bad boy – whose drinking and impulsiveness made him just as legendary as his performances.

    Jones enjoyed his first No. 1 hit, White Lightning, in 1959 and had racked up 150 more chart-topping songs since then. He did it in duets and as a solo artist.

    He Stopped Loving Her Today was his most famous song and arguably the most famous country song of all time. The song reeked of sorrow and loss and a strong tinge of believability both because listeners could relate to it and because it was reflective of the singer's personal life.

    "If we all could sound the way we wanted, we'd all sound like George Jones," said singer Waylon Jennings in a tribute song to Jones.

    Praise like that came from people all over the entertainment spectrum, and Jones had the undying adoration of fans and contemporaries.

    "We've lost a country music legend," singer Blake Shelton tweeted when news of his death broke Friday. "And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye, George Jones."


    His career has earned him the highest awards an entertainer can achieve. Then-President George W. Bush awarded Jones the National Medal of Arts in 2002. He also earned a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, a salute from the Kennedy Center and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

    He earned one of his most infamous nicknames, "No Show," because he missed numerous performances due to alcohol addiction during one period of his career.

    Tales of the lengths he went through to acquire and abuse alcohol or cocaine would have been unbelievable had they not been true.

    He admitted to going on a two-week binge while married to his second wife, Shirley Conley. In desperation, he drove a 10-horsepower riding lawn mower eight miles to buy liquor after his wife took the keys to their cars when she left the house.

    The stunt boosted his status as a hard-drinking crooner and drew song parodies from his contemporaries for several years afterward.

    "I never had anything as a kid, and all of a sudden I had everything thrown at my feet," Jones said in a 1996 autobiography. "It can ruin you quickly,"

    Aside from his wild lifestyle, Jones's most famous association was with Tammy Wynette. The pairing played both behind the microphone and in real life.

    Jones married Wynette, the third of his four wives, in 1969 and they remained wed until 1974. They recorded several top hits while they were together and continued recording No. 1 duets for years after they ended their marriage.

    The couple had one daughter together, Tamala Georgette, who forged a music career of her own and sometimes performed on stage with her father.

    Jones divorced his first wife, Dorothy Bonvillion, after less than a year, and the two had one daughter. Jones and his second wife had two sons together.

    He had been married to Nancy Sepulvado since 1983 and credited her with helping him kick his addictions.

    George Glenn Jones was born Sept. 12, 1931 in Saratoga, TX and grew up in nearby Beaumont.

    His early exposure to country music through radio broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry sparked his desire to sing, and he left home at 14 to cut his teeth on the honky-tonk circuit.

    His career took off in 1956 when Billboard named him the "Most Promising New Country Vocalist." From there he went on to record hits for multiple labels.
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    Sadness. My Dad turned me on to George and Tammy when I was just a kid. One of the greats. The only album of his I have is I Lived to Tell It All from 1996, so I'll put that one on after work to remember the man.

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    Always enjoyed him RIP
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    I believe he was still in the midst of his farewell tour, so that is one hell of a no show, George!

    A true legend. Rest In Peace, Mr. Jones.

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    A wonder he lasted as long as he did with all the damage he did to himself over the years. Often copied, never duplicated.

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    RIP George
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    I thought he was a goner a few years back when he wrecked his car into an overpass or something like that and I think he was drunk then. RIP George. Enjoy the "White Ligtnin" in the sky.

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    Cold Hard Truth was the last decent album release. A tune called "When The Last Curtain Falls" is the best cut.



    Video clip of Jones wired up and drunk being arrested back in the day

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    maybe he's just playing possum


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    I had tickets to see him 8/2 at the Ohio State Fair. My aunt used to play him around the house, it wasn't until I was older that I gained an appreciation of George and the classic country icons. I missed Johnny and Waylon. I saw Willie in 2010 and Merle and Kris Kristofferson last summer. This summer was going to be George.

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of fans are expected to join some of country music's biggest stars in mourning George Jones.
    The late country music superstar's funeral will be held Thursday morning at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Jones died last week at 81.
    Former first lady Laura Bush will speak at the funeral along with friends and fellow country stars Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Chesney. Jones also will be serenaded by Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis, who were all scheduled perform at the public memorial with several others.
    The funeral will be broadcast live on cable music television channels CMT and GAC and — in a nod to simpler times when Jones was at his biggest — on all local television networks.
    He was in the midst of a farewell tour that was to have wrapped up with an all-star salute in November in Nashville. He postponed two performances two weeks ago and entered the hospital with a fever and irregular blood pressure. He'd been ill off and on over the previous year.
    Jones' pure, matchless baritone defined the sound of country music for a half century and his death brought universal reaction from the music community and fans. Known for hits like "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," ''White Lightning" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," widely acknowledged as the greatest country song, Jones had No. 1s in four decades from the 1950s to the 1980s and "Possum" remained a popular figure in Music City until his death.
    Once married to Tammy Wynette, he was the living embodiment of the words "country music star" at the height of his career and continues to have broad influence on the genre, especially with artists who prefer traditional country to today's pop- and rock-influenced sounds.
    Jones also had his troubles as he battled substance abuse and money troubles, but always seemed to slide by with his sense of humor and knowing grin intact.
    He won a Grammy and two consecutive Country Music Association song of the year awards for "He Stopped Loving Her Today," and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. He was among the artists honored in Washington at the Kennedy Center in 2008.
    The Beaumont, Texas, native had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, which makes the setting of Thursday's ceremony all the more fitting. The Opry House holds more than 4,000 people and was expected to be filled beyond capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weesfreewheelin View Post
    Video clip of Jones wired up and drunk being arrested back in the day

    I always thought that video was hilarious! It's like something straight out of Dukes of Hazzard.

    I have always heard a story that George got a DUI on a lawnmower because they had taken his keys away so he couldn't drive to the bar.

 

 

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