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George Jones, dead at 81
TMZ ^ | 4/26/2013 | TMZ

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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1 posted on 04/26/2013 7:19:11 AM PDT by diverteach
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To: diverteach
He stopped loving her today.

RIP George, and God bless you for all the great songs.

2 posted on 04/26/2013 7:20:23 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: diverteach

RIP.


4 posted on 04/26/2013 7:22:12 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: diverteach

Oh,no! Definitely one of the best country singers/songwriters of all time. Will miss him. :-(


5 posted on 04/26/2013 7:22:15 AM PDT by LibWhacker ("When good men who will fight are all extinct, there is no more civilization." - S. Locklin)
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To: diverteach

Wow. RIP Ol’ Possum. Thanks for the great memories :..)


6 posted on 04/26/2013 7:23:01 AM PDT by Jane Long (I know it's only been four years, but I'm already SO sick of this socialism!)
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To: diverteach

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.


7 posted on 04/26/2013 7:23:25 AM PDT by TSgt (More Scott Roeders and fewer Tillers and Gosnells)
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To: andy58-in-nh
He stopped loving her today.

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!

8 posted on 04/26/2013 7:23:51 AM PDT by pgkdan (Some taglines never go away....)
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To: diverteach

Ol’ Possum was a good entertainer in his day. I think his liver should be inducted into the hall of fame!


9 posted on 04/26/2013 7:25:11 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: diverteach

RIP George. I hope his headstone has a lawn tractor on it.


10 posted on 04/26/2013 7:25:40 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: diverteach

RIP Possum. They don’t make country singers like you any more.


11 posted on 04/26/2013 7:26:00 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: diverteach

I just loved “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today” and I’m not much of a country music fan. One of the best ballads ever.


12 posted on 04/26/2013 7:27:22 AM PDT by albie (s)
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To: diverteach

He’s not dead. Just playin possum


13 posted on 04/26/2013 7:27:46 AM PDT by BO Stinkss ( I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees)
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To: diverteach

RIP indeed, Possum.


14 posted on 04/26/2013 7:28:41 AM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: V_TWIN
Hard living. Hard life. Amazing talent.

May he rest in peace.

16 posted on 04/26/2013 7:29:42 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: diverteach
Abe Vigoda is still alive
17 posted on 04/26/2013 7:29:43 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: diverteach

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!


18 posted on 04/26/2013 7:29:55 AM PDT by noexcuses
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To: LibWhacker
Oh,no! Definitely one of the best country singers/songwriters of all time. Will miss him. :-(

He was a train wreck of a person. But he was certainly entertaining and talented.

hiccup....Spllrrrrr.....hmmm..White Lightening!

....It's the Brunette in your car that turns me on....

19 posted on 04/26/2013 7:31:07 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: diverteach

Rest in peace.


20 posted on 04/26/2013 7:31:21 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: diverteach

“A decanter.......shaped like Elvis........”


21 posted on 04/26/2013 7:32:56 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: diverteach

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_Gonna_Fill_Their_Shoes_(song)


22 posted on 04/26/2013 7:34:15 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Tenacious 1

“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.

RIP, George.


23 posted on 04/26/2013 7:35:07 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some people take there grammar way to seriously.)
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To: noexcuses

I think I have every song he ever sang. There will never be a country singer like him. Never!


24 posted on 04/26/2013 7:36:22 AM PDT by grannie9
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To: diverteach
Good-night, God Speed and Thank You very much Mr. Jones.



I grew-up a country kid with a transistor radio stuck to my ear.
Baseball with Waite Hoyt (The Best of Waite in the Rain) and the Cincinnati Reds (Schoenling, Burger, Hudepohl and Weideman beer were the yearly sponsors) and music was George Jones and the Rolling Stones.
25 posted on 04/26/2013 7:36:48 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: diverteach

“No Show Jones” truly is now. RIP George.


26 posted on 04/26/2013 7:37:39 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: diverteach

RIP No-Show


27 posted on 04/26/2013 7:38:01 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: diverteach

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.


28 posted on 04/26/2013 7:39:03 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: pgkdan
"He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they'll carry him away
"He stopped loving her today."

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.

29 posted on 04/26/2013 7:41:51 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Nothing like a country song to cleanse the soul in times of self-pity. Great music.


30 posted on 04/26/2013 7:43:07 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: diverteach

Rarely does a talent like this come along.


31 posted on 04/26/2013 7:43:40 AM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: WVNan
Nothing like a country song to cleanse the soul in times of self-pity. Great music.

Merle Haggard does that for me sometimes, too.

32 posted on 04/26/2013 7:44:35 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: diverteach

So many great songs. They ain’t making them like that any more. RIP, Possum.


33 posted on 04/26/2013 7:45:02 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: diverteach

Yabba Dabba Do, the king is gone and so are you.


34 posted on 04/26/2013 7:45:56 AM PDT by OutsideDawg
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To: Tenacious 1
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

35 posted on 04/26/2013 7:46:27 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: diverteach

No more beer runs on the old lawn mower.


36 posted on 04/26/2013 7:48:14 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: diverteach

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.


37 posted on 04/26/2013 7:48:53 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: diverteach

Rest in Peace, Sir. We will play your music all week-end and forever more.


38 posted on 04/26/2013 7:51:57 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: diverteach

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.


39 posted on 04/26/2013 7:51:57 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: OutsideDawg

If I was still drinking, I would be filling my Fred Flintstone glass to the rim about now.


40 posted on 04/26/2013 7:52:48 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o
The King Is Gone
41 posted on 04/26/2013 7:59:07 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: diverteach

He really sang Country. RIP.


42 posted on 04/26/2013 8:00:46 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: don-o

Amen to that. They was lookin tryin to book em but my pappy kept on cookin.


43 posted on 04/26/2013 8:04:35 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: don-o

That’s a 100-proof memory, right there.


44 posted on 04/26/2013 8:06:19 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: diverteach

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.

OldPossum


45 posted on 04/26/2013 8:08:43 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: diverteach

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.


46 posted on 04/26/2013 8:10:37 AM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: diverteach

No show George has done his lfinal no show.


47 posted on 04/26/2013 8:14:11 AM PDT by B4Ranch ( There's Two Choices. Stand Up and Be Counted ... Or Line Up and Be Numbered.)
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To: diverteach; High-tech Redneck

One of our FReepers took the name of one his better songs...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72jHhkApfi0


48 posted on 04/26/2013 8:24:44 AM PDT by abb
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To: andy58-in-nh

Pulled the head off Elvis
Filled Fred up to his pelvis


49 posted on 04/26/2013 8:29:17 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: pgkdan
Best country song ever.

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
Dated 1962
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

(Chorus)

He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they'll carry him away
He stopped loving her today

(Spoken)

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

(Repeat Chorus)

50 posted on 04/26/2013 8:40:54 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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