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George Jones, renowned country music singer, passes away

San Francisco : CA : USA | Apr 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM PDT
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George Jones - White Lightning (1959)

George Jones, the renowned American country music singer famous for his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing, has passed away. He was considered the greatest county singer of all time. He passed away in Nashville at the age of 81.

Jones had been struggling with poor health for several days and was on oxygen before his death. He was hospitalized on April 18, 2013, at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville with fever and irregular blood pressure. According to his family, he died of acute hypoxia.

Jones, born in tiny Saratoga, Texas, on Sept. 12, 1931, became famous after his first top-10 hit, “Why Baby Why”, in 1955 and his first No. 1 song, “White Lightning”, in 1959. These songs began an unforgettable journey that produced excellent country music and evergreen songs like “Tender Years”, “Window Up Above”, and “She Thinks I Still Care”.

Jones wasn’t only famous because of his music. His failed marriages, particularly his wild relationship with fellow country hit maker Tammy Wynette, alcoholism, fights and arrests and then redemption, also added to his popularity. His alcoholism also inspired an Oscar-winning movie, “Tender Mercies”. Robert Duvall won the Best Actor Oscar for playing a Jones-like, God-finding recovering alcoholic named Mac Sledge in this famous movie of its time.

Jones was frequently called the greatest living country singer in the last 20 years of his life. Bill C. Malone, American historian with specialization in country music and other types of US traditional music, writes in his book, “Country Music, U.S.A.” the first conclusive academic history of country music published in 1968, "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," according to the Wikipedia article on George Jones.

Waylon Jennings, in his song, "It's Alright", expressed a common envy when he said, "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones."

Jones was honored with several awards. He became the Most Promising New Country Vocalist in 1956, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and was also named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008. Last year, he received a lifetime achievement Grammy and was on a farewell tour when he was hospitalized earlier this month with fever and irregular heart pressure.

Many people have expressed their regrets and sorrows on his sad demise. According to a report by the New York Post, Dolly Parton said, “My heart is absolutely broken,” while Alan Jackson expressed himself, saying, “Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music; there’ll never be another.”

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