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Obit: George Jones (12 Sep 1931-26 Apr 2013)

26 Apr 13 - 11:00 AM (#3509173)
Subject: Obit: George Jones
From: JohnInKansas

George Jones, legendary country singer, dies at 81

By Randee Dawn, TODAY contributor

Country music legend George Jones has died in Nashville, Tenn., his representative confirmed in a statement on Friday. He was 81.

Jones had been in the midst of a year-long goodbye tour, deciding to withdraw from the road over health issues including an upper respiratory infection. He was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure; he died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. A cause of death has not yet been reported.

Jones was a Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member and Kennedy Center Honoree, and the singer of such hits as "The Grand Tour," "She Thinks I Still Care" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Born in Saratoga, Tex., on Sept. 12, 1931, Jones played on the streets for tips while still a teenager, then joined the U.S. Marine Corps. When he left service he began recording for the Starday label in Houston, and his first top 10 song "Why Baby Why" hit the charts in 1955. He hit No. 1 with "White Lightning" four years later. He continued to record and hit the charts throughout the next few decades.

He was married four times; his third wife was country singer Tammy Wynette, with whom he recorded several songs. Their daughter Georgette Jones is a performer, and appeared onstage with her father.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, a sister and offspring.

[Appeared a few minutes ago at MSNBC. More sure to follow.]

John


26 Apr 13 - 11:08 AM (#3509176)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: Midchuck

NY Times obit.

F***!

Well, it took him 50 years of determined effort to kill himself. Few people could have lived the way he did and lasted that long.

Got to see him live at the Rutland Fair in '07. He still had it then. Didn't seem to mind being back on the Fair circuit after the big time.

P.


26 Apr 13 - 11:21 AM (#3509186)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: GUEST

Ah, I'm sorry about that. George Jones had a distinctive voice with an instantly recognizable treatment of a song. You could have been in the wilds of South America or the deserts of Sahara or the bleakest area of the north pole and known the singer from just a scrap of song.

That said, I too am surprised he lived to such an old age.


26 Apr 13 - 01:14 PM (#3509247)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: GUEST,bankley

another great and original voice silenced. I always figured I'd get drunk when the ol' Possum checked out. It'll wait until another time.
Travel well Mr. Jones. He stopped loving her today.


26 Apr 13 - 01:15 PM (#3509248)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman

He and Don Gibson were two of the greatest 'white soul' singers of all time.


26 Apr 13 - 01:39 PM (#3509261)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: catspaw49

George Jones will remain a star of stars and a true legend in country Music. his lifee was lived large and his contributions as huge as his legendary excesses and weaknesses. he influenced so many both in music and lifestyle, for better of for worse.

What cannot be denied was his talent and his ability to put over a song. And especially one particular type of song. When you listen to The Possum at his best you cannot help but visualize some poor guy sitting in the rear of a darkened bar, chain smoking and crying in his beer. When the song ends he slowly pulls out a gun and blows his brains out. ThAT was the power and strength in George jones' voice.

There was only one although there were thousands who learned from him. Now he's gon and there will not be another quite like him......ever.


Spaw


26 Apr 13 - 01:58 PM (#3509270)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: kendall

Damn, the greats just keep checking out.


26 Apr 13 - 02:50 PM (#3509297)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: Acorn4

For me George and Dolly Parton are the greatest voices in country music:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQMI7TksYo0


26 Apr 13 - 02:51 PM (#3509298)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: Acorn4

...The song perhaps is autobiographical - RIP.


26 Apr 13 - 03:26 PM (#3509316)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: fat B****rd

I only really know him from "The Race Is On". RIP Mr. Jones


26 Apr 13 - 04:01 PM (#3509337)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: Jack Blandiver

Loved this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZScHp3Gpsk


26 Apr 13 - 06:32 PM (#3509381)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: Wesley S

I guess he stopped loving her today.......


26 Apr 13 - 06:43 PM (#3509385)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones
From: Midchuck

I posted to Facebook:

There shouldn't be TWO Days the Music Died in one person's lifetime. Maybe I've lived too long.

Confused some people, seems to have upset others. People who know me tend to take me too literally when I'm just blathering, and assume I'm blathering when I'm trying to be serious. Even Kristina. The curse of a truly original mind...

Peter


27 Apr 13 - 04:07 AM (#3509496)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: GUEST,Mike Rogers

One of the truly greats. There were no imitations, though some tried (and failed). End of an era.


27 Apr 13 - 06:42 AM (#3509532)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Janie

Best country singer ever was. Rest in Peace.


27 Apr 13 - 10:27 AM (#3509598)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

George was one of my musical idols for many years! I saw him perfporm live a couple of times. The first time was great but the second very disappointing because it was an almost "no show" night, and perhaps better if it had been! In any case I still listen to his recordings and try to sing a few of his songs.
He was one of the last truly distinct country stars after the murder on Music Row!
Rest in peace, Possum!


27 Apr 13 - 02:42 PM (#3509686)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Ron Davies

Larger than life.   Not only did he put his stamp--which has influenced just about every good male country singer since--on the music, but the number of legends about him (some of which even have a grain of truth) is amazing.

RIP, George.


27 Apr 13 - 07:11 PM (#3509754)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: PHJim

What a sad time. Richie Havens, Bob Brozman and now George Jones all in the last few days.


Jack Blandiver posted "Beer Run", written by Garth Brooks. While it's not the same song, it does have a lot in common with Todd Snider's song "Beer Run", including the line "B -double E -double R -U -N".

When Todd sings it, he introduces it by saying, "I wrote this song, then a couple years later, Garth Brooks wrote it again."


27 Apr 13 - 08:09 PM (#3509765)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: frogprince

I have no difficulty believing that Brooks stole the Beer Run line and title outright. I've been a little ticked off at him for years for another plagerism. Almost sixty years ago, I heard Carl Sandburg on TV singing what he called the world's shortest blues song:

Papa loved Mamma
Mamma loved men
Mamma's in the grave yard
Papa's in the pen.

I don't know if Brooks has ever acknowledged where he got that, but even if he has, someone should kick his ass for incorporating it as part of a longer song. Ya just don't drop a few lines of sacred scripture like that into the middle of something you take credit for.


27 Apr 13 - 08:16 PM (#3509766)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Dave MacKenzie

I guess this means that "No Show" Jones will be a 'no show' for his farewell concert! As I've said before, the man who proved that country is the white man's blues.


28 Apr 13 - 04:52 AM (#3509845)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Bonzo3legs

"He changed your name from Brown to Jones, and mine from Brown to Blue" !!


28 Apr 13 - 10:51 PM (#3510102)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: GUEST,Larry Saidman

The best friend a song could have.


17 Aug 13 - 10:32 AM (#3550154)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: GUEST,Gio

The best friend a song could have is relate to Conway Twitty, not Jones


17 Aug 13 - 11:41 AM (#3550172)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Ron Davies

Aside from being ungrammatical--but decipherable-- that opinion is just that.   And probably not shared by many.


17 Aug 13 - 12:37 PM (#3550192)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: GUEST,Gio

Isn't my opinion, the best friend a song could have is invented to Conway Twitty. Probably Larry confused Jones with Conway Twitty.
Yes, my english is poor. I speak italian, speak you italian erudite man?


17 Aug 13 - 06:09 PM (#3550256)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: JennieG

Remember the Johnny Preston hit "Running Bear"? According to this information, the "Indian" noises were made by George Jones and The Big Bopper.


17 Aug 13 - 06:36 PM (#3550262)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Stilly River Sage

Translation is most difficult when it comes to verbs. Articles would also have helped. When you look up "Conway Twitty the best friend a song ever had" you find lots of hits - many of them album reviews and sales sites. There is a Conway Twitty biography fan site that uses the term in a paragraph

Widely regarded by Nashville's songwriters as "the best friend a song ever had," Twitty was pitched top shelf material for the better part of two decades. Much of it he turned away, even passing eventual smash singles on to other artists. One of his many gifts, beyond the elusive art of knowing which songs would be hits, was knowing which of those songs would work for him. Of course, he was one of Music Row's best songwriters in his own right, writing 19 of his No. 1s and earning Grammy nominations for compositions including his signature song "Hello Darlin'."


So what Gio is telling us is that Larry attributed that saying to the wrong singer, and he's correct. I didn't know it, I never paid any attention to country music in general or Twitty in particular. He lost me at the name.

SRS


17 Aug 13 - 07:08 PM (#3550275)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: catspaw49

The same line was often used for John Denver and several others. Personally the line I liked the most about any singer came from someone, perhaps Ralph Emery, talking about Patsy Cline.

When Patsy Cline did a song, it was completely done. Others could do it but it would always be a Patsy Cline song.


Spaw


17 Aug 13 - 07:56 PM (#3550286)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Stilly River Sage

I found no attribution in any of the places I looked - I would guess this phrase has been used liberally in various music genres.

SRS


18 Aug 13 - 05:26 AM (#3550343)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: GUEST,Gio

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090312210436AAMUEup
Twitty was great singer. Listen you Rainy Nights In Georgia with Sam Moore


18 Aug 13 - 05:36 AM (#3550349)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: gnu

RIP and thanks.


18 Aug 13 - 12:20 PM (#3550425)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Larry The Radio Guy

I didn't intend for the phrase to evoke controversy. I just liked it. And certainly, what George Jones could do with a song was pretty incredible.


18 Aug 13 - 09:02 PM (#3550559)
Subject: RE: Obit: George Jones (1931-2013)
From: Bobert

Sniff...

I always loved the guy... And most of his music...

B~