George Jones (1931 – 2013)
Some sad news from the world of country music. Superstar George Jones passed away this morning at the age of 81 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Jones was widely regarded as the greatest country music singer in history. He had 14 number one hits. An incredible feat by any measure.
Bill C. Malone, a country music writer, put it well…
“For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved.” Waylon Jennings, in his song “It’s Alright” expressed a common jealousy when he said, “If we all could sound like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones.”
George was, by no means, an altar boy. Known for his wild ways. stormy marriages, and some serious drinking, he earned the nickname “No Show Jones” for the number of cancelled appearances.
But Jones will ultimately be remembered for what he did when he did show up and how he did for a long time and better than anyone else. Born in Texas, George was a U.S. Marine during the Korean War and after he came home his music career took hold and he rose to stardom.
George leaves behind a wife and three ex-wives.
- Dorothy Bonvillion (1950 – 1951) (divorced) 1 daughter
- Shirley Ann Corley (September 14, 1954 – June 11, 1968) (divorced) 2 sons
- Tammy Wynette (February 16, 1969 – March 13, 1975) (divorced) 1 daughter
- Nancy Sepulvado (March 4, 1983 – April 26, 2013) (his death)
So grab a beer, a box of tissues (you’re going to need them) and sit back to remember some of George’s greatest hits.
- “He Stopped Loving Her Today” - His biggest hit and widely thought to be the greatest country song ever written.
- “She Thinks I Still Care” – This one here is George’s but James Taylor does a great cover of this.
- “Two Story House” – Duet with wife Tammy Wynette. What a great pair they made!
- “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?” – A sad ballad to the country legends of the past. Amen, George. Amen.
- “Shine On (Shine All Your Sweet Love On Me)” – Standard GJ here and a beauty.
- “The Show’s Almost Over” – Could this song be any more appropriate today? RIP George,