A packed house of artists, industry professionals, and a few fans turned out Tuesday (Sept. 13) at Rippy’s in downtown Nashville to celebrate the 80th birthday of “The Possum,"George Jones.
The Country Music Hall of Famer, who has placed more entries on Billboard’s Country Songs chart than any other, was in attendance with his wife Nancy, and took time to chat with reporters before heading over to the Grand Ole Opry for a birthday celebration that included performances by Alan Jackson and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Jones, whose actual birthday was Monday, was visibly moved by the number of artists and fans that were there. “It means everything,” he told Billboard.com. “I’m just overwhelmed. It’s great. Everybody has been so wonderful.”
by Jessica Nicholson - CountryWeekly.com
George Jones celebrated his 80th birthday in grand style with not one, but two parties last night (Sept. 13). Though George’s actual birthday was on Sept. 12, the good times kept going the next night with celebrations at Rippy’s and at the Grand Ole Opry.
The festivities kicked off at Nashville music club and restaurant Rippy's, where George was presented with a custom-made "Possum" cake. Guests dined on hors d'oeuvres as a three-piece band played. Travis Tritt, known for his '90s hits such as "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," flew in to help the Possum celebrate his 80th year. Eddie Raven, Bryan White, Jamie Dailey of bluegrass vocal duo Dailey & Vincent, Jason Michael Carroll, and country-gospel singer Guy Penrod were all on hand to help celebrate. “He cut one of my songs [“I Should’ve Called”] a long time ago,” says Eddie. “I’ve always been a big fan of his. He’s a wonderful man.”
Country music’s most famous show is returning to television. The Grand Ole Opry® will return to GAC: Great American Country for six star-packed “Opry Live” episodes to begin airing Tues., Oct. 4. The first show scheduled to air, an 80th birthday salute to country legend George Jones, will be filmed tonight and will feature performances by Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Ann Womack, and more.
Shows airing on Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays in subsequent weeks will feature a who’s who of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music, including: Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and more. Airdates will be announced at opry.com and gactv.com.