George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931- April 26, 2013) George was born in Saratoga, Texas. He was an American country singer and song writer. He received fame for his long list of hit records including “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. He released many successful albums from 1960 – 1980.
He was one of eight kids growing up in poverty. George began performing on the street to earn money for his large family. In 1955 Jones landed on the top”10″ list for “Why Baby Why”, the rest of his career was releasing hit single after hit single as a solo artist. George also sang duets with some of the biggest country stars. Tammy Wynett, who was his third wife, had many country hits together such as “Near You“, “Golden Ring”, “Were Going To Hold On”, In the “70”‘s, they were considered the “King and Queen” of country music. Even though Tammy and George divorced in 1975 they remained friends and still made personal appearances together.
Like his farther, George was an alcoholic, but battled his way out from alcoholism and his cocaine addition. George Jones was the finest vocalist in the history of country music.
George Jones was also known as “The Possum”, which he was nicked named by some friends because of his close set eyes. ” No Show Jones“, because of his many missed concerts due to his drinking addiction and “King Jones” for his many many hit records.
He had many accomplishments doing his career. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957, but rarely appeared because of his overwhelming concert schedule. Jones’s career spanned more than 55 years during which time he had gained a host of awards and national recognition. He was inducted into the “The Country Hall Of Fame” in 1992. “Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998”, he received the “U.S. National Medal of Arts”in 2002 and in 2012 he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
George Jones died April 26, 2013 at the age of 81.