Nashville stars, past and current, paid tribute to the legendary singer, who died on Friday, April 26.
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Vince Gill: ”There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”
Garth Brooks: ”The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die. Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.”
Alan Jackson: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”
Hank Williams Jr.: “Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many.”
Merle Haggard: ”The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”
To honor George Jones, EW asked the Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall to recall his fondest memories of the country legend, who died today at the age of 81. They include the time Jones told Bonsall he should’ve just kicked his ass — and hearing “He Stopped Loving Her Today” before its release.
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He Ignited Songs With His Voice
His was a voice of kerosene teardrops about to burst into a raging fire. When George Jones sang a song, there was never any doubt that he committed completely to whatever emotion – usually one of raw ache, unfiltered regret, unspeakable torment – the song held.
And he could pick ‘em. “Window Up Above,” “Good Year for the Roses,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “If My Heart Had Windows” were all trenchant moments in the caverns of the human heart. Even his novelty songs were world class, be it the hiccupping “White Lightning,” the horse track metaphoric “The Race Is On” or, in later years, the feisty all-star “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair.”
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY REMEMBERS AN ICON RE-AIRS GEORGE JONES “OPRY LIVE” EPISODE, “MASTER SERIES” AND “COUNTRY STARS AT HOME” SPECIALS THIS WEEKEND
NASHVILLE, TENN. (April 26, 2013) – To honor the memory of country music icon George Jones, Great American Country is rescheduling their programming through the weekend to include classic Jones specials from the GAC vault. Additionally, fans can share their favorite memories of Jones by logging on to facebook.com/GAC.
“For many, George Jones defined country music,” said GAC GM Sarah Trahern. “We wanted to offer our viewers another glimpse into his life and remarkable career as they process this great loss.”
(All times Eastern.)
Friday, April 26:
7:00 p.m. Country Stars at Home (2011): George and wife Nancy give fans unprecedented access to their Tennessee home.
Saturday, April 27:
5:00 p.m. Master Series (2006): Host Bill Cody goes on a journey of the life and times of the incredible George Jones. Jones opens up about the good and bad times of his life, as well as his project, “Kickin’ Out the Footlights,” an album that teamed him with Merle Haggard for the 25th anniversary of the first time they sang together.
9:00 p.m. Opry Live (2011): The Grand Ole Opry celebrates George Jones’ 80th birthday as Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Diffie and Eric Lee Beddingfield perform. Host Nan Kelley chats with many of the artists in backstage interviews.
10:00 p.m. Country Stars at Home
Sunday, April 28:
10:00 a.m. Opry Live
11:00 a.m. Master Series
3:00 p.m. Opry Live