George Jones (US country music vocalist)

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George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including "White Lightning", as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing. For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently 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 expressed a common jealousy in his song "It's Alright": "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones." The shape of his nose and facial features gave Jones the nickname "The Possum." Jones said in an interview that he chose to tour only about 60 dates a year.

Born in Texas, Jones first heard country music when he was seven and was given a guitar at the age of nine. He married his first wife Dorothy Bonvillion in 1950, but ended in divorce in 1951. He served in the United States Marine Corps until his discharge in 1953. He later married Shirley Ann Corley in 1954. In 1959, Jones released a cover version of "White Lightning" by J. P. Richardson, which launched his career as a singer. After his second marriage ended in divorce in 1968, he married fellow country music singer Tammy Wynette a year later. Several years of alcoholism severely deteriorated his health and led to Jones missing many performances, earning him the nickname "No Show Jones." After his divorce from Wynette in 1975, Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvado, in 1983 and Jones became mostly sober. Jones died in 2013, aged 81, from hypoxic respiratory failure. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. During his life, Jones had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1956 Grand Ole Opry's New Star George Jones Country Song Hits George Jones 1
1957 Sings 14 Top Country Favorites George Jones 1
1959 George Jones Sings White Lightning and Other Favorites George Jones 1
1960 George Jones Salutes Hank Williams George Jones 3
1962 Homecoming in Heaven George Jones 1
1962 The New Favorites of George Jones George Jones 1
1963 I Wish Tonight Would Never End George Jones 1
1964 Heartaches and Tears George Jones 1
1965 Famous Country Duets George Jones, Melba Montgomery & Gene Pitney 1
1965 Mr. Country & Western Music George Jones 1
1965 The Race Is On George Jones 2
1967 Book of Memories George Jones 1
1967 Walk Through This World With Me George Jones 1
1968 If My Heart Had Windows George Jones 1
1968 Sings the Songs of Dallas Frazier George Jones 1
1971 With Love George Jones 1
1972 A Picture of Me (Without You) George Jones 1
1972 George Jones George Jones 1
1972 Me and the First Lady George Jones & Tammy Wynette 1
1973 In a Gospel Way George Jones 1
1973 Let's Build A World Together George Jones & Tammy Wynette 1
1973 We're Gonna Hold On George Jones & Tammy Wynette 1
1974 The Grand Tour George Jones 2
1975 You Gotta Be My Baby George Jones 1
1976 Alone Again George Jones 1
1978 Bartender's Blues George Jones 2
1980 I Am What I Am George Jones 2
1981 Still the Same Ole Me George Jones 1
1982 A Taste of Yesterday's Wine Merle Haggard & George Jones 2
1983 Shine On George Jones 1
1985 Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes George Jones 2
1985 First Time Live George Jones 1
1986 The Lone Star Legend George Jones 1
1986 Wine Colored Roses George Jones 1
1987 By Request George Jones 1
1987 Too Wild Too Long George Jones 1
1987 Walking the Line Merle Haggard & George Jones & Willie Nelson 1
1989 One Woman Man George Jones 1
1991 And Along Came Jones George Jones 2
1991 Friends in High Places George Jones 1
1992 Walls Can Fall George Jones 1
1993 High-Tech Redneck George Jones 1
1994 Sings the Great Songs of Leon Payne George Jones 1
1994 George Jones & Gene Pitney George Jones & Gene Pitney 1
1994 The Bradley Barn Sessions George Jones 1
1996 I Lived to Tell It All George Jones 1
1998 It Don't Get Any Better Than This George Jones 1
1999 George Jones & Gene Pitney / It's Country Time Again George Jones & Gene Pitney 1
1999 Cold Hard Truth George Jones 1
1999 The Battle / Memories of Us George Jones 1

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