If you’ve caught an interview by Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones in recent years, it’s no secret he isn’t a big fan of where the genre has moved in the last decade with the young, crossover acts.
“We’re not into this with the kids,’’ he said in 2006 when he and Merle Haggard recorded an album together. “It’s a lot different sound when you’re singing to kids. These kids have to have a beat mostly. … It’s not traditional country – the old country. You can call that what you want to.’’
ALL-STAR GALA PAYS TRIBUTE TO GEORGE JONES WHILE RAISING FUNDS FOR THE MIRACLE LEAGUE OF CYPRESS MOUNDS
Country Crooner inaugurated into Louisiana Hall of Fame at Event
Baton Rouge, LA (October 14, 2011) – On Monday, October 3, George Jones was honored at a tribute hosted by Louisiana personalities Hollywood Hal & Rhinestone Al. The event raised over $90,000 for The Miracle League of Cypress Mounds, a non-profit organization that helps children with mental and physical disabilities achieve their dreams and play baseball on a specially designed field.
It was a night to remember when children’s TV show characters, Hollywood Hal & Rhinestone Al, honored country music legend, George Jones. Hal & Al, formed by Scott Innes (radio host and voice of Scooby Doo and Shaggy) and Jim Hogg (longtime singer-songwriter,) organized the event and invited many of their fellow VIP guests to attend. The audience included notables such as Marty Raybon (former lead singer of Shenandoah,) Richie McDonald (former lead singer of Lonestar,) Marty Roe (lead singer for Diamond Rio,) Mike Reno (lead singer for Loverboy,) and Jimi Johnson (former lead singer of Survivor.) Mr. Jones also received a special video message from Ronnie Dunn. As Mr. Jones took the stage, he received a standing ovation from the crowd in addition to a 3-D birthday cake in recognition of his 80th Birthday.
The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee celebrates George Jones’ 80th birthday as Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Diffie and Eric Lee Beddingfield perform on the show that made country music famous. Host, Nan Kelley, also interviews the artists backstage. more!
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George Jones has recorded the theme song for Squidbillies, an animated comedy series that returns Sunday night (Oct. 2) on Adult Swim. Jones recorded the song with Hargus “Pig” Robbins, who also played piano on Jones’ first No. 1 hit, “White Lightning.” Series creator Dave Willis describes himself as a lifelong fan of the legendary singer, saying he has been trying to persuade Jones to cut the song for five years. Billy Joe Shaver has sung the theme in the past. Willis and co-creator Jim Fortier describe Squidbillies, which includes adult themes, as “the surreal world of backwoods Appalachian squids.” In related news, country singer Elizabeth Cook will make an appearance on the show as the character Tammi on Oct. 9.
A happy birthday this week to George Jones!! The legendary singer turned 80 on September 12, and celebrated with not one but two star-studded celebrations the following day.
‘The Possum’ began the festivities with a party at Nashville’s famous barbecue joint, Rippy’s, where he was joined by fans and celebrities alike, before heading to the Grand Ole Opry, where stars including Alan Jackson and the Oak Ridge Boys feted the country music legend with a special concert. The dual parties were almost more than the octogenarian could take in.