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This article contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. Knock Three Times. Jones never reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot and almost never had any of his music played on mainstream popular music stations in his career. Nothing was hidden. He remarried in to Shirley Ann Corley. I Stayed Long Enough.
I thank God for it because it makes me a living. But I sing because I love it, not because of the dollar signs. There cannot be a single country songwriter of the last odd years who has not wondered what it might be like to hear their words sung by that voice. Gliding toward high tenor, plunging toward deep bass, the magisterial portamento of his onward-coursing baritone emits white-hot sparks and torrents of blue, investing his poison love songs with a tragic gravity and inflaming his celebrations of the honky-tonk ethos with the hellfire of abandon.
David Cantwell recalled in , "His approach to singing, he told me once, was to call up those memories and feelings of his own that most closely corresponded to those being felt by the character in whatever song he was performing. He was a kind of singing method actor, creating an illusion of the real. The Spirit of Country Rich Kienzle states, "Jones sings of people and stories that are achingly human.
He can turn a ballad into a catharsis by wringing every possible emotion from it, making it a primal, strangled cry of anguish". In , country music historian Colin Escott pronounced, "Contemporary country music is virtually founded on reverence for George Jones.
Walk through a room of country singers and conduct a quick poll, George nearly always tops it. In the documentary Same Ole Me , several country music stars offer similar thoughts. Johnny Cash: In the same film, producer Billy Sherrill states, "All I did was change the instrumentation around him. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Jones painstakingly adhered to country music.
Jones never reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot and almost never had any of his music played on mainstream popular music stations in his career. In an often-quoted tribute, Frank Sinatra called Jones "the second best singer in America". In the documentary Gram Parsons: You heard his heart in every note he sang. Dust all over the place, a bunch of cowboys. Elliott Smith told an interviewer about his idea of Heaven: It would be like New York in reverse: I love to hear an old guy lay out his situation.
He has the best voice in America," and the day Jones died, Cohen performed "Choices" on stage in Winnipeg, Canada as a tribute to the country legend. In , Robbie Robertson told Uncut , "He was the Ray Charles of country music - the one who could make you cry with his voice Amazing singer.
What a singer. Jones was one of the greatest harmony singers in country music and released many duets over the course of his long career.
While his songs with Tammy Wynette are his most celebrated, Jones claimed in his autobiography that he felt his duets with Melba Montgomery were his best. Jones also recorded duet albums with Gene Pitney and his former bass player Johnny Paycheck. Again and Burn Your Playhouse Down In addition to the many recordings Jones made with Tammy Wynette, some of his notable duets include:. Jones recorded over songs, and charted more than any other music artist, almost exclusively on the country charts; Jones never charted a hit in the general top 40 of the Billboard Hot or any equivalent all-genre chart.
As a solo artist, Jones had just three hits make the Billboard Hot , the highest-charted of which, "White Lightning", peaked at number A duet with Gene Pitney also made number 99 for one week. On the country charts, Jones either solo or as part of duet placed nearly songs on the charts, including thirteen number 1 country hits.
His first hit came in , with " Why Baby Why ". He had marginal success during his beginnings with Starday Records. He saw more with Mercury Records after switching in mid By the mids, Jones had developed a habit for appearing drunk on stage, and was already known as a troublemaker.
He had married twice, once to Dorothy Bonvillion in ; however, the two filed for divorce in His first daughter, Susan Smith, was born on October 29, He remarried in to Shirley Ann Corley. In , he began his relationship with country singer Tammy Wynette. This would greatly influence his career in the s. He began recording with Billy Sherrill in , and Sherrill tried to keep Jones to record songs more toned to countrypolitan and not as loud.
In , he began to record with Tammy Wynette whom he had married in His dependence on drugs and alcohol reduced him to a pound shell.
He began to sing horribly and filed for bankruptcy in However, his image was completely revitalized in , when he released a song that is widely considered the greatest country song of all time, " He Stopped Loving Her Today ". He gave the song the credit due later saying "a four-decade career had been salvaged by a three-minute song.
After the hit, Jones recorded country standards in the 80s, and was back to health. He married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvado, in He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in ,  despite leading a boycott of the country radio, an expression of his distaste for popular country music of the time. He had one last big hit in with " Choices ", after a near-fatal car accident.
The song won him another Grammy award. Jones released his last album in , and retired from recording. He continued to perform. In April , he died at the age of 81, ending a year career. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Further information: List of awards received by George Jones. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Retrieved Retrieved 10 April December 21, Archived from the original on July 25, Retrieved April 10, Rock Albums of the Seventies. Among The Few. Never Grow Cold. Mama Take Me Home. Playing Possum.
You Can Always Come Back. Okie From Muskogee. Image Of Me. Love Me. I Stayed Long Enough. Each Season Changes You. Rosie Bokay. These Hands. Where Could I Go? Loving You Makes You Mine. You And Your Sweet Love. With Half A Heart. A Good Old Fashioned Cry. Imitation Of Love. Open Pit Mine. Poor Little Rich Boy. My Favorite Lies.
The Old, Old House. Brothers Of The Bottle. Late Getting Home. Lifetime To Regret. You Gotta Be My Baby. Wrong Number. Someone Sweet To Love. Jones had, to borrow a phrase from Faron Young , lived fast and loved hard, but he did leave us with so many beautiful memories through his songs. A George Jones song could be a footloose honky-tonker, as much of his early work was.
Best Songs: Nothing was hidden. Still, the song asked a valuable question. Would the newcomers to the format then have the staying power of a Marty Robbins , Lefty Frizzell , or a George Jones? But, the song asked the question in a poignant mode without taking any of the younger artists at the time to task. By the release of this number one, you can tell he was at least starting to listen a little more frequently. Sung in a lower register than many of his ballads to that point, the singer gave one of his more reflective early vocals on this one that still shines bright in the Jones song constellation.
Jones added the right touch of sadness on this gem that continues to be one of the linchpins of honky-tonk music everywhere.
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