Friday, April 26, 2013

RIP George Jones

George Jones is considered by many as the greatest country singer of all time.  From hardcore honk-tonk to ballads there was no one better.  I have often thought that if I could sing like anyone it would be George Jones.  He died today at the age of 81.  His longevity confounded many observers of country music.  His addictions were fodder for country gossip sheets from the 50's through the 80's and made him an annual choice in dead pools.  He was polpularly referred to as "No Show" Jones,  The peak of of his celebrity gossip status occurred during his short lived marriage to Tammy Wynette,  Here's a video overview of his career starting with early honk-tonk recordings.

Jones recorded "The Race is On" in 1964.  At this time he was deep in the throes of a apmhetamine addiction.  The eyes tell no lies.  Check his eyes in the following video.

Some more songs of pain, drinking and cheating.

One of many classic George and Tammy duets.

A tribute to Conway Twitty.

A fitting epitaph for George

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