BY PETER COOPER
It doesn’t seem fair to George Jones, this circumstance in which people stand and cheer him for who he is and what he’s done.
They did that recently at the gleaming John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Washington power elite hailed Jones as a performer of uncommon cultural relevance, while the man once nicknamed No Show stood near the president of the United States.
The theme of George Jones’ doll is his classic 1965 album and song, “The Race is On.” A curving highway is drawn in the middle of the doll, and a cutout bus is trucking down the road. Along the way are a lamppost and signs for a restaurant, a motel, and Route 40. The words, “The RACE is ON,” are written above the highway, and Jones’ signature is near the top of the doll.All proceeds go to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee.
George Jones was one of several recipients of the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors this weekend in Washington, D.C.
Such an occasion can be a cause for reflection. George recalls how he got started playing music for a living:
By Peter Cooper • THE TENNESSEAN
With a rainbow-colored ribbon around his neck signifying his position as a Kennedy Center Honoree, George Jones paused for a moment.
He stood on the most surreal red carpet in America — earlier that Sunday evening, that carpet had been crushed under the feet of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter and the R&B musician who goes by the stage name Ne-Yo — and pondered a weekend spent amid Washington power players and fellow honorees Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp and Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who.