George Jones’ legacy lives on with the birth of his twin great grandchildren, born in Nashville, TN on August 9, 2013. Before George’s passing, he composed a letter to his great grandchildren-to-be, knowing that he might not get the chance to meet them. Pictured below is George’s guitar with the letter he wrote, next to his newborn great grandchildren. We welcome them to the Jones family.
Nashville’s Fox News 17 got a chance to talk with George’s granddaughter Jennifer mother, and you can watch the video HERE
George Jones’ 1998 collection 16 Biggest Hits has been certified platinum by the RIAA signifying 1 million units sold. The certification comes 11 years after it reached gold status, for 500,000 units sold. As previously reported, some of Jones’ gospel recordings with producer Billy Sherrill will be issued as a new compilation, Amazing Grace, on Sept. 10 by Bandit Records. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Jones died April 26.
Posted on July 31, 2013 by Dan Harr
Bandit Records will proudly release GEORGE JONES – AMAZING GRACE on September 10th, two days before what would have been Jones’ 82nd birthday. Jones, a partner in Bandit Records, recorded the gospel songs with producer Billy Sherrill in 2002 with the exception of one track, “Great Judgment Morning,” which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994.
The Billy Sherrill songs represent the final sessions between Jones and Sherrill. Sherrill had retired and was not interested in going back into the studio. Jones was persistent in trying to get Sherrill to do one last project and they finally agreed to do a Gospel Collection. It also marked the first time that Jones’ had actually recorded an entire Gospel project and not just isolated songs tacked onto the end of secular sessions.
“Great Judgment Morning” was one of those songs tacked onto the end of his Bradley Barn recording sessions. Assembled that day were friends such as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith who all added their vocal interpretations of that classic gospel favorite.
Jones passed away on April 26, 2013 surrounded by family and friends. AMAZING GRACE had already been planned and blessed by Jones before his passing. Gospel music had always brought peace and calm to Jones throughout his turbulent life. He was reverential in his approach to singing sacred songs and didn’t believe vocal theatrics should be involved.
His eloquent and moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” was used during the video/ bio segment of his Kennedy Center Honors Induction in 2008 and resulted in hundreds of calls asking for the recording. The record has not been in the marketplace since 2005 (to the degree that is possible in the digital age).
George Jones was a partner in Bandit Records and his widow, Nancy Jones, continues to be. Bandit Records was established in 2000 and served as the first label that Jones had a vested interest in and the final record label in Jones illustrious career. During that time and in spite of his advanced age, his recordings continued to excite audiences, earn major award nominations and sell in respectful numbers. It is a testament to his talent that Jones had charting records in six decades and earned Gold certification well into his late 70s.
From “King of the Road Show":
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In case you missed Saturday night’s “King of the Road Show HD” on Fox 4 KBTV, the segments are now streaming on the TV Show page of the award-winning http://www.jimkingoftheroad.com/ (with the exception of the copyrighted music video). During the splendid star-studded entertainment extravaganza, we re-aired part of our recent magnificent exclusive with country legend Johnny Lee… We also reached in the royal archives and re-aired our exclusive with Texas Country troubadour Bart Crow. And we aired rising country crooner Jessta James’ new music video, “Back In The Day,” on “King’s Music Clip of the Week,” sponsored by Starvin Marvin’s Bar & Grill in Beaumont! As usual, there will be an encore performance of the program this Thursday at 6;30 a.m. on Fox 4 KBTV.
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28 Entertainment announced today the acquisition of the story rights to George Jones and his wife Nancy for a feature film project about the incredible life and career of the iconic country singer. The project, written by Dennis L. Baxter and produced by Baxter and 28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman and Brian A. Hoffman, depicts George’s life as a country music legend while battling his personal demons.
“Over the years we have been approached to make George’s life into a feature film, but it was not until Dennis Baxter became involved that we were confident the story could be told accurately. George and I started working with Dennis six years ago in crafting the life-long story. Knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told, I feel we are in good hands to collaborate with 28 Entertainment as we move forward with production,” said Nancy Jones.
Nancy Jones will Executive Produce and consult on the project. Baxter worked closely with Nancy and George on the story before George passed away on April 26th in Nashville at the age of 81.
“George had hoped to see the movie before he passed and worked with me to make sure the story was complete.” said Dennis Baxter
Jones’ story is one of legendary talent, fame and success, while showing the dark side of alcoholism and drug abuse to levels that few people could survive. It is also a story of healing, renewed faith and the unconditional love that ultimately pulled him through the turbulent times. The script portrays a life that was torn apart by addiction in a very public way, and was saved by the incredible love story of Nancy and George.
“George’s career is one of the most celebrated of country music legends, and we feel it is important to tell his story for fans and music lovers around the world. We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen,” said Jay Hoffman of 28 Entertainment.
George Jones had 14 number one country hits and more than 150 songs on the charts, including his award winning single “He Stopped Loving Her Today” which is considered the greatest country music song of all time.
Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, named a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008 and in 2012 was presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Along with his induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame he received countless other awards and accolades from ACM, CMA, Country Music Television, and of course, The Grand Ole Opry.
The deal was represented by Chris Corabi on behalf of 28 Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman, Brian A. Hoffman, and Dennis L. Baxter, and by Jess Rosen of Greenberg Traurig on behalf of George and Nancy Jones.