It’s difficult not to use the word “legend” when speaking about George Jones.
Described by many as the “greatest living country singer” has enjoyed a fabulously storied career that shows no sign of slowing down as he energetically heads toward his 80th birthday. The Texas-born singer and songwriter has racked up a staggering 150 hit songs, over a dozen chart-topping No.1 hits, received numerous Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards, and was a 1992 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
DOUBLE CD SET FILLED WITH RARE, OUT-OF-PRINT SONGS FROM THE COUNTRY SUPERSTAR’S LEGENDARY MUSICOR ERA
Long-Awaited “Missing Piece” Of His Storied Career In Stores February 23rd (Time Life)
George Jones is the gold standard of country singing, but many of his most important and best-loved songs have long been unavailable to his fans. On February 23rd, Time Life will issue George Jones: The Great Lost Hits, a historic 2-CD collection of his rare and largely out-of-print recordings that were originally released by the Musicor record label between 1965 and 1972. On the same date, a special 12 track, single CD version will be exclusively available at Wal-Mart as well as digitally at Wal-Mart.
George Jones is a country music legend who’s accomplished just about everything an artist could, yet at 78 years old, he’s still out there rocking the stage night after night and drawing in new legions of fans. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame with Grammys, ACMs and CMA awards to his credit, the singer affectionately known as The Possum, has had quite a few career-making moments and earned some impressive fans along the way.
So who’s the fan he was most surprised to find he had during one of the biggest highlights of his long and storied career? George tells the Athens-Banner Herald he learned of her adoration in 2008, when he was feted at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors ceremony alongside Barbra Streisand and Morgan Freeman.
Artist discusses his involvement with Country Crossing
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Born on September 12, 1931, George Glenn Jones was raised in Saratoga, Texas, near the city of Beaumont, and was exposed to country music at age seven when his parents bought a radio. His first guitar was given to him two years later; and when he left home at sixteen he found work singing and playing on a local radio station in Jasper, Texas.
By age 24 in 1955, he had been married twice, served in the Marines, and was a veteran of the Texas honky tonk circuit. The first chart single for Jones, “Why Baby Why,” came that year and peaked at #4 on the Billboard country charts. “White Lightning” was released in 1959 and became the first number one single of his career.
Country music legend George Jones received a special visitor on Christmas Day when fellow recording artist Ronnie McDowell showed up at his home in Franklin, Tenn., bearing the gift of a portrait – commissioned by Jones’ wife, Nancy – depicting his celebrated DUI arrest while operating a riding lawn mower. “I’m your biggest fan,” said McDowell, “I want to present this new painting to you: As a matter of fact, it’s my favorite painting I’ve ever done.” McDowell’s portrait of Elvis Presley is featured in the book “The Genuine Elvis” and he is also known for hit songs such as “The King Is Gone.” “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You,” and “Older Women.