The Legend of George Jones featuring Duane Steele
When country moved from hard-driving music driven by steel guitar and fiddle based music to lush, string-laden countrypolitan, Jones evolved with it, scoring hits after his early contemporaries had faded from relevance. Only when the last remnants of old-style country were squeezed out of Nashville, did Jones find himself a man without a genre. Even then, he bristled at the notion that he was rocking chair bound, and continued to make strong hard country recordings.
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He was part of a legendary spousal with Tammy Wynette; they were storied duet partners, able to convey the sweetness and bitterness of love through the intermingling of their voices. He also seemed to have more lives than a cat, surviving alcoholism, drug addiction, divorce, relapses, car crashes, squandered fortunes and all the requisite bumps of a fabled ride through fame.
His golden, honeyed voice was a perfect match for his singing style: bending and slurring notes, often to melancholy effect. He never had a pop hit, but he placed more than singles on the country charts, many of which are radio and jukebox staples to this day. He had many more in between, but not many after. He was never the crossover sensation they were.
George Jones, country music legend, dies at 81
The King is Gone and now George is too. OzarkHillbilly : Yes, a great one, if not one of his bigger hits. Willie is the most iconic of all of them, with Johnny Cash in the conversation. I grew up listening to country, so all the old guys make me think of my Mom. James Pearce Formerly Known as Herb : Well, as Willie has pointed out, there are more old drunks than there are old doctors.
Jenos Idanian 13 : Kristofferson is a true genius and Renaissance man. But his career as a recording artist was pretty lackluster.
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Goodbye George Jones," fellow country star Blake Shelton tweeted. Added Keith Urban : "If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!! Jones' career stretched back to the s when he cowrote his first hit, the twangy "Why Baby Why. Jones' sound was no-nonsense, no-frills and, above all, influential. Off the stage, Jones was a legend, too—a hard-living legend. He drank, he partied, he married, he divorced, he crashed cars, he drove a lawn mower to a liquor store and, occasionally, he wound up in jail.
One of Jones' stormiest periods was the six-year stretch when he was married to Tammy Wynette , the country queen of "Stand By Your Man" fame. The couple had a child together, fought together and made music together before splitting in Wynette died in Jones sobered up with the help of his fourth and final wife, the former Nancy Sepulveda. He even recorded a song that poked fun at his once-notorious habit of missing concerts.
Its title was the same as his nickname, "No-Show Jones.
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