Skip to comments.George Jones, dead at 81
Posted on 04/26/2013 7:19:11 AM PDT by diverteach
George Jones ... the country music megastar whose heartfelt vocals and close-to-home lyrics defined the genre for generations ... died today. He was 81.
Jones was hospitalized in Nashville Thursday for a fever and irregular blood pressure, though the cause of death was not immediately released.
Jones was in the middle of a tour -- it was supposed to be his last -- when he fell ill. Several dates had already been canceled.
Jones' towering influence on country music was equaled only by his public persona ... which often imitated the melodrama in his songs ... and was well-chronicled in the tabloids. He was married four times -- once to Tammy Wynette -- and made countless headlines for drinking, stormy romances and violent rages.
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RIP George, and God bless you for all the great songs.
Oh,no! Definitely one of the best country singers/songwriters of all time. Will miss him. :-(
Wow. RIP Ol’ Possum. Thanks for the great memories :..)
So very sad.
I’m glad I got to see him before he died.
I always said that if I ever killed myself it would be to a George Jones song.
My all time favorite song! I rememeber seeing Jones on an old episode fo Crook and Chase and he was telling the story about how when he was aked to record the song he turned it down 2 or 3 times because he said it was the worst song he evr heard, it was too sad and nobody woud ever buy it!
Ol’ Possum was a good entertainer in his day. I think his liver should be inducted into the hall of fame!
RIP George. I hope his headstone has a lawn tractor on it.
RIP Possum. They don’t make country singers like you any more.
I just loved “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today” and I’m not much of a country music fan. One of the best ballads ever.
He’s not dead. Just playin possum
RIP indeed, Possum.
May he rest in peace.
Oh this is sad... I grew up listening to George Jones. I still have an 8 track cassette of his all time hits volume I... the first 8 track I ever bought. RIP George!
He was a train wreck of a person. But he was certainly entertaining and talented.
....It's the Brunette in your car that turns me on....
Rest in peace.
“A decanter.......shaped like Elvis........”
“He was a train wreck of a person. But he was certainly entertaining and talented.”
To be fair, George Jones is not the only entertainer who fits that description. It seems most folks in the entertainment biz are, to put it kindly, deeply flawed.
I think I have every song he ever sang. There will never be a country singer like him. Never!
“No Show Jones” truly is now. RIP George.
Proud to say that my husband’s band once fronted for George Jones at Indian Lake, near Webster MA. (Lake Chargagagogmanchargagogchabunagungamog)Huge crowd. George was okay to work with. Not as “big-headed” as some the band fronted for. He will be missed.
It has become one of my favorite old songs as well.
A real old-time, cryin'-in-my-beer-at-1am-'cause-she-left-me-as-a-distant-train-whistle-mournfully-moans-through-the-warm-summer-breeze-while-I-stub-out-yet-another-cigarette-and-pour-the-last-shot-of-Tennessee-to-drown-the-ache-in-my-heart kind of song.
Nothing like a country song to cleanse the soul in times of self-pity. Great music.
Rarely does a talent like this come along.
Merle Haggard does that for me sometimes, too.
So many great songs. They ain’t making them like that any more. RIP, Possum.
Yabba Dabba Do, the king is gone and so are you.
I stopped off at the Quicksack for some beer and cigarettes The old man took my money as he stared at my Corvette He said, I had one just like her son, a 1963 'Til the man down at the bank took her from me Oh She was hotter than a two dollar pistol She was the fastest thing around Long and lean every young man's dream She turned every head in town She was built and fun to handle Son I'm glad that you dropped in She reminds me of the one I loved back then Then I handed him my keys and said, here take her for a spin The old man scratched his head, then he looked at me and grinned He said son you just don't understand it ain't the car I want It's the brunette in your 'vette that turns me on I had one that was hotter than a two dollar pistol She was the fastest thing around Long and lean every young man's dream She turned every head in town She was built and fun to handle Son I'm glad that you dropped in She reminds me of the one I loved back then Lord she was hotter than a two dollar pistol She was the fastest thing around Long and lean every young man's dream She turned every head in town She was built and fun to handle Son I'm glad that you dropped in She reminds me of the one I loved back then She reminds me of the one I loved back then
No more beer runs on the old lawn mower.
RIP Mr Jones, your now with Tammy.
I don’t think he ever stopped loving her. Those 2 made great songs together.
I do believe George found the Lord in his final years with the help of Vestal Goodman. So it is good to know that.
Rest in Peace, Sir. We will play your music all week-end and forever more.
only about six Country singers who ever “got under my skin”,
and among them were the great GEORGE JONES, and Merle Haggard. Add to that Ray Price and Marty “Devil Woman” Robbins, and a couple o* others. Interesting, that only in the past week, I’ve been thinking alot about Jones, and playing some o his recordings on Rhapsody. Today I discover he’s just died. And YES, Sinatra DID call him “the second greatest singer alive”, and I do believe he meant it.
And I do remember reading a sad/hilarious story about him and his drinking problem: one o* his wives, maybe Wynette, got so perturbed by his drinking that she continually had to hide the keys to his car, so he couldn’t drive to the liquor store. It worked *or a while, but one night she was driving home, and on the long road that led to their house, she saw a small light coming *rom a vehicle on the shoulder o* the road opposite her-—as the vehicles passed, she noticed it was George driving his TRACTOR to the liquor store, a good 2-3 miles away.
If I was still drinking, I would be filling my Fred Flintstone glass to the rim about now.
He really sang Country. RIP.
Amen to that. They was lookin tryin to book em but my pappy kept on cookin.
That’s a 100-proof memory, right there.
The wife tells me that he was to appear in a nearby city, and I certainly would have gone to see him.
BTW, my screen name is based on the nickname of “Possum” that I had as a kid. I had forgotten at the time that I used it on FR (2001) that “Ol’ Possum” was George Jones’ nickname.
As Alan Jackson said:
Don’t rock the jukebox
I wanna hear some Jones
My heart ain’t ready
For the Rolling Stones....
RIP, Ol’ Possum, and thanks for all the good tunes.
No show George has done his lfinal no show.
One of our FReepers took the name of one his better songs...
Pulled the head off Elvis
Filled Fred up to his pelvis
He said I'll love you 'til I die
She told him you'll forget in time
As the years went slowly by
She still preyed upon his mind
He kept her picture on his wall
Went half crazy now and then
He still loved her through it all
Hoping she'd come back again
Kept some letters by his bed
He had underlined in red
Every single I love you
I went to see him just today
Oh but I didn't see no tears
All dressed up to go away
First time I'd seen him smile in years
He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they'll carry him away
He stopped loving her today
You know she came to see him one last time
Oh and we all wondered if she would
And it kept running through my mind
This time he's over her for good
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