George Jones, Country Music Legend, is Dead

Categories: Obituaries

Word's just come in from the New York Times and AP: the country music legend behind dozens of perfect songs, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Tender Years" and "A Picture of Me (Without You)," died Friday in Nashville. The Saratoga, Texas native and honey-voiced singer died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hospitalized for fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81 years old.

Jones' influence spanned the decades, as the AP points out: He had chart-topping songs in five separate decades. His songs ranged from the joys of small-town Saturday nights to heartbreak ballads, which in his later years became the iconic sound of pure country (see: "These Days (I Barely Get By)."

Pour one out for George.

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"He stopped loving her today" is one of the greatest country songs of all time.

ChrisYu topcommenter

George once sang 'who's gonna fill their shoes'.....don't think it's anybody on the charts today.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

One of his wives was Tammy Wynette, whom I loved dearly.

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

That's because he crashed his Caddy just outside the entrance. He's been on borrowed time for the lat 30 years.

Manny Arriaga
Manny Arriaga

I heard he didn't show up at the pearly gates. Just a rumor.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Did he drive his car off the road again??

John Scott
John Scott

I guess he stopped loving her today.

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