COUNTRY LEGEND GEORGE JONES BRINGS GREATEST HITS TO SAN MANUEL

01/21/09

By VANESSA FRANKO
The Press-Enterprise

With a career lasting for more than 50 years, George Jones has cemented a place in music history.

The country troubadour is bringing his legendary music to San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland on Thursday.

Jones said he will perform the hits from across his five-plus decades in music.

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“We change it up from time to time and do some medleys of songs to get as many in as possible,” Jones wrote in an e-mail interview.

Jones said he loves seeing the crowd’s reaction and watching them sing along to his songs.

“For me, it is more about the fans that keep it interesting for me. I am always amazed at how many young people are in the crowd and sing along to every single song,” Jones wrote.

The two-time Grammy winner became popular with honky tonk music, but is also known for his ballads. He started his ascent in the 1950s, and had a whopping 17 top 10 hits from 1965 to 1970.

A troubled personal life of drug and alcohol abuse and broken marriages overshadowed his music, earning him the nickname “No Show Jones.”

After a drop in popularity in the late ’70s, the song that took him back to the top was 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a tune Jones said he never tires of performing.

In 2008, Jones released “Burning Your Playhouse Down,” a compilation of rarities from the 1990s.

“I have been very blessed and had many proud moments, but I would say the top two were being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and being given the award from the Kennedy Center Honors,” Jones wrote.

Jones isn’t a fan of the pop country crossover happening right now.

“I don’t care for it. It does not represent the country music I love,” Jones wrote.

However, he still feels there are a lot of talented songwriters out there.

“The songwriters are the heroes because without a song … you have no music,” he wrote.

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