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.
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.”