George Jones, singer
birth name: George Glenn Jones

George Jones

September 12, 1931, Beaumont, TX ~ April 26, 2013, Nashville

By most accounts, George Jones is the finest vocalist in the recorded history of country music. Initially, he was a hardcore honky tonker in the tradition of Hank Williams, but over the course of his career he developed an affecting, nuanced ballad style. In the course of his career, he never left the top of the country charts, even as he suffered innumerable personal and professional difficulties. Only Eddy Arnold had more Top Ten hits, and Jones always stayed closer to the roots of hardcore country. ~ Allmusic: George Jones ~ retrieved September 10, 2013 © Allmusic

The definitive country singer of the last half-century, whose songs about heartbreak and hard drinking echoed his own life. ~ New York Times: George Jones Obituary ~ April 26, 2013 © New York Times

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September 12, 1987 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Whitney Houston, Didn't We Almost Have It All ~ #2 (2) Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett, I Just Can't Stop Loving You ~ #1 (1) Los Lobos, La Bamba


George Jones ~ Inducted in the 2010 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame ~ The famed Country artist nicknamed “Ol' Possum” also is known within the industry as the “Rolls Royce of Country Singers.” Gary Hartman, author of The History of Texas Music, states that George Jones “is famous for his unique vocal style, which features an emotional depth and resonance rarely matched by other country singers.” ~ 2010 © Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame

In 2012 no less than seven George Jones albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #477 Heartaches & Tears (1965) ~ #422 I Am What I Am (1980) ~ #307 The Grand Tour (1974) ~ #215 Burn Your Playhouse Down (2008) ~ #189 Long Live King George (1958) ~ #116 Country & Western Hits (1961) ~ #40 King Of Broken Hearts (1965)

George Jones ~ The Grand Tour (1974) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

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