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George Jones

American country music singer

Died when: 81 years 226 days (979 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


George Jones

George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American country musician, singer, and songwriter.He achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including his best-known song "He Stopped Loving Her Today", as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing.

For the last two decades of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer.Country music scholar Bill 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." The shape of his nose and facial features earned Jones the nickname "The Possum".

Jones has been called "The Rolls Royce of Country Music" and had more than 160 chart singles to his name from 1955 until his death in 2013.

Born in Texas, Jones first heard country music when he was seven, and was given a guitar at the age of nine.

His earliest influences were Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe, although the artistry of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell would crystallize his vocal style.

He married his first wife, Dorothy Bonvillion, in 1950, and was divorced in 1951.He served in the United States Marine Corps and was discharged in 1953.

He married Shirley Ann Corley in 1954.In 1959, Jones recorded "White Lightning", written by The Big Bopper, which launched his career as a singer.

His second marriage ended in divorce in 1968; he married fellow country music singer Tammy Wynette a year later.Years of alcoholism compromised his health and led to his 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 became sober for good in 1999.

Jones died in 2013, aged 81, from hypoxic respiratory failure.

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