Legendary country star George Jones is dead at 81
Country music icon George Jones — a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a legend of the Grand Old Opry — died today in Nashville, where he had been hospitalized for more than a week with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.
His recording career spanned more than 50 years, kick-started with his 1959 hit, “White Lightning.” He charted more than 160 singles, a record in pop-music history that still stands. Over the decades, Jones worked with Mercury Records, United Artists, Epic Records, and MCA, as well as producers and songwriters including Billy Sherrill and Bobby Braddock, who were often behind Jones’ series of duets with his then-wife Tammy Wynette — “Golden Ring,” “Near You,” and “We’re Gonna Hold On.”
Jones and Wynette’s tumultuous professional and personal relationship became a defining dynamic in country music, and his personal struggles with drugs and alcohol were also well documented; he later credited second wife Nancy Jones with helping him to reach and maintain his sobriety for the last three decades of his life.
Jones’ final Top 20 country hit came in 1998, with “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me,” featuring Patty Loveless, followed 10 years later by a fêting at the Kennedy Center Honors. Jones announced his farewell tour in 2012, which was to conclude in November of this year with a sold-out show featuring Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, and Garth Brooks, among several others.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/02/2013|
He stopped loving her today.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||04/26/2013|
Great artist....but oops, I thought he was already dead.
RIP, in any case.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/26/2013|
Tammy was murdered by her last husband.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/26/2013|
Don't you mean he's D-E-A-D? The kids might hear!
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/26/2013|
This is sad. I love old style,ass kickin' country music and there aren't many of those artists left. I hope Loretta Lynn will stick around a while longer.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/26/2013|
George Jones > Quotes > Quotable Quote
“Me and the bottle have always been friends, we've had a few old nasty fights but the bottle would always win, so when I go to answer that final curtain call, I can hear these words being whispered by all... Ol' George stopped drinking today.”
― George Jones
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/26/2013|
"She Thinks I Still Care"
|by Anonymous||reply 10||04/26/2013|
Best version: "HE Thinks I Still Care," by Cher
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/26/2013|
Nancy was not his second wife - more like his third or fourth.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/26/2013|
In the late 1960s Jones and Wynette bought a mansion in the boonies of Central Florida between two small towns for their down time from touring or appearing on "Hee Haw."
My mother would always say "there's George and Tammy's" when we'd pass by on the way to visit my grandmother.
After George had his license taken away after one too many DUIs, he'd drive his riding lawn mower a mile or so up to the corner store at the highway and buy his beer.
R.I.P. ya redneck.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/26/2013|
I only saw him once live in concert, back in the 90's, and I was pleasantly shocked by two things: the beauty and emotion of his voice live, without studio tweaking, and the great graciousness with which he credited each band member by name.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||04/26/2013|
Big, big supporter of country artist Shelby Lynne
|by Anonymous||reply 15||04/26/2013|
What r8 said. Old school country / outlaw / bluegrass are great. Today's "country music" is nothing but jingoistic propaganda marketed to the guns / Jeebus / 'murica fuck yeah! demographic.
RIP George. They don't make 'em like him anymore, and that's a damn shame.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/26/2013|
[quote] Big, big supporter of country artist Shelby Lynne
Oh, HE's the ONE.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||04/26/2013|
George Jones was a hot mess, but he was also a great talent. Rest In Peace, Possum.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/26/2013|
My partner's mom has been married almost as many times as Liz Taylor. Her third husband, a bootlegger, got in a bar fight with The Possum once.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/26/2013|
Someone posted in a thread about going to a Tammy Wynette concert. Before the show started George staggered drunk onto the the stage yelling for Tammy. This was long after they divorced.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||04/26/2013|
RIP. Big country fan here. Lots of respect, good to see it displayed on the DL for once.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||04/26/2013|
R20, I saw him play the DuQuoin State Fair in Illinois around 1980. Problem was, he was not scheduled to be there. He staggered onstage during her set and she ceded the stage to him for a few numbers. He was so drunk he forgot many of the lyrics and had to keep backing up to the band so they could feed him the lyrics to his own songs. Tammy's current husband, something or other Richie, was on the piano.
It was a bit awkward. They said he was still carrying a huge torch for her.
I was surprised at that concert by how crystal clear [italic] her [/italic] voice was. In real life it was not nearly as nasal as it sounded on records/radio. She could still hit the money note in Stand by Your Man then, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/26/2013|
Well look at the bright side, one less woman beater on the planet.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/26/2013|
Who's gonna do the biopic? Oh wait..
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/26/2013|
I wonder if he will show up for his funeral?
For the more urbane DL members, George was fondly called "No Show Jones" for his practice of no-showing his concerts. RIP.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||04/27/2013|
Ol' George had one of them chin potholes you could drive a Ford F-250 into and get stuck.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/27/2013|
Died at 81 and Willie Nelson turns 80 this week.
So much for the merits of clean living.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||04/27/2013|
He and my grandfather delivered medicine for a pharmacy in Beaumont, TX when they were 12/13 years old.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||04/27/2013|
I only met him after he got sober, so I don't have stories about his drunken exploits. I lived in Nashville for a number of years, and I often saw people wearing t-shirts that said "I went to see George Jones on ________ and he didn't show." There was also a version for when he did.
Sober, he was a genuinely sweet and shy man who was wonderful to be around.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||04/27/2013|
How old was he when he got sober? Amazing he lived to such an old age after all the abuse he heaped on his body.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||04/27/2013|
It seems that every dead famous singer or musician is "legendary."
With Jones, that word is appropriate. He and Merle Haggard are my favorite male country voices.
Contemporay Country sucks.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||04/27/2013|
I live near the mansion r13 mentions. One of those small towns is now a small city and has grown out to meet the mansion.
Overall, the property is still the same (including the guitar-shaped pool). A cheesy, local TV-advertised lawyer owns it now.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||04/27/2013|
[quote]How old was he when he got sober?
I believe he was in his early sixties. He had been sober about 20 years when he died.
It's always amazed me that people can recover or even survive drinking that much for that long. I've never known a woman who survived it, only men. They are always either married or have families who take care of them and make sure they eat and don't freeze to death somewhere, so I suppose that's part of it. Jones had many people who cared about him, and most of them got sober before he did so they were there for him.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||04/27/2013|
Yeah but his alzheimers was probably due to the drinking.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||04/27/2013|
Aren't you thinking of Glen Campbell, R34? The HuffPo report said that he cancelled a concert appearance last week when he fell ill. I can't imagine an 81 y.o. with Alzheimer's on the road. (My 85 y.o. mother has it.)
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/27/2013|
Does drinking cause Alzheimers, R34? I did not know that.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||04/27/2013|
Wow-First R21 I agree with you 100%. Loved George Jones- one of the greatest voices in the world. My favorite song is one I first heard on " Mad Men"-"Cup of Loneliness "- he and Patsy and Hank had a loneliness in their DNA. None of the new ones can touch that talent. Even if they has it modern Nashville would choke it out. He was never some frat boy/ cowboy.
Also strange how major addicts can live so long after they get sober. It's our Purtian vein that thinks they should be punished.
And I also believe that Tammy's husband killed her. I saw her once in concert. She was amazing too.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||04/27/2013|
[quote]And I also believe that Tammy's husband killed her. I saw her once in concert. She was amazing too.
Interesting. I don't know much about her and GJ beyond the bare bones basics. Why do you believe he killed her? That would actually be a good topic for a thread...
|by Anonymous||reply 38||04/27/2013|
I've been a little weepy ever since I heard about George. What a magnificent voice we lost yesterday.
He started out imitating Hank Williams but found a voice that was really nothing like Williams' pleasant but twangy instrument.
Here's one of the witty duets he recorded with Tammy.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||04/27/2013|
Here's a comprehensive on Jones, including YouTubes of a dozen or so of his greatest songs.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||04/27/2013|
Here's a YouTube including real footage of a fucked up, coked up, and drunk George Jones getting stopped by cops for a DUI. Enjoy!
|by Anonymous||reply 41||04/27/2013|
Thank you, R42. That's a wonderful video!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||04/28/2013|
There was a good thread about turning Tammy's life story into a series a la Mad Men. And yes her husband probably killed her.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||04/28/2013|
Anyone watching the memorial service on right now? What in the fuck happened to the bass singer in the Oak Ridge Boys? He looks like the Eugene Levy character in "A Mighty Wind."
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/02/2013|