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firstdown 04-26-2013 11:21 AM

George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81
 
What a legend in country music.

With one of the most golden voices of any genre, a clenched, precise, profoundly expressive baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s. He was idolized not just by fellow country artists, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others. "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones," Waylon Jennings once sang.
In a career that lasted more than 50 years, "Possum" evolved from young honky-tonker to elder statesman as he recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams. Jones survived long battles with alcoholism and drug addiction, brawls, accidents and close encounters with death, including bypass surgery and a tour bus crash that he only avoided by deciding at the last moment to take a plane.
His failure to appear for concerts left him with the nickname "No Show Jones," and he later recorded a song by that name and often opened his shows by singing it. His wild life was revealed in song and in his handsome, troubled face, with its dark, deep-set eyes and dimpled chin.


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[url=http://entertainment.msn.com/news/article.aspx?news=804635]George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81 - MSN Entertainment News[/url]

firstdown 04-26-2013 11:40 AM

Re: George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81
 
Cry in your beer music.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4IP3tLsecQ]George Jones - He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980) - YouTube[/ame]

NLong425 05-10-2013 07:11 PM

Re: George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81
 
He will be greatly missed

Hog1 05-10-2013 10:57 PM

Re: George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81
 
Only man I know to receive a DWI on his riding mower headed for the liquor store......
One of the only remaining "Old Guard" of country music.
RIP.....


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