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George Jones

Postby CJ on Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:46 pm
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I was informed today that "The Possum" passed away today.

From Wikipaedia,
George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American country music singer known for his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing, and his marriage to Tammy Wynette.

Over the past 20 years, Jones has frequently been referred to as the greatest living country singer. Country music scholar Bill C. Malone writes, "For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved." Waylon Jennings, in his song "It's Alright" expressed a common jealousy when he said, "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones."

Throughout his long career, Jones made headlines often as much for tales of his drinking, stormy relationships with women, and violent rages as for his prolific career of making records and touring. His wild lifestyle led to Jones missing many performances, earning him the nickname "No Show Jones." With the help of his fourth wife, Nancy, he has been sober for more than 10 years. Jones has had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists. The shape of his nose and facial features have given Jones the nickname "The Possum." Jones said in an interview that he has chosen to tour only about 60 dates a year.

In August 2012, it was announced that at the conclusion of his 2013 tour, Jones' would retire to spend more time with his family. Titled "The Grand Tour", Jones' final tour takes place across 60 dates

Jones died April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.
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Re: George Jones

Postby kev on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:08 pm
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Thanks CJ! Sorry, I missed this, I've posted a brief message in the Worldwide section above.
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Re: George Jones

Postby Moshe on Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:21 pm
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Re: George Jones

Postby Smudger on Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:10 pm
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RIP Possum. In my opinion, and I'm sure many others', he was the greatest country singer ever. Saw him perform twice - once in 2001 when his voice was still good, and a few years ago when it was not so good.

I think he was in the middle of his last US tour - I imagine that his final Nashville concert will go on without him, as a tribute.

The word "legend" is used a lot these days, but George Jones was definitely a true country music legend.
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Re: George Jones

Postby lo&m on Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:20 pm
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RIP George. The Rolls-Royce of country singers.
Country is a state of mind, not a state of America.
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Re: George Jones

Postby Smudger on Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:33 pm
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lo&m wrote:The Rolls-Royce of country singers.

Great description!
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