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Written by Hazel Smith
God blesses me every day. You’re not going to believe who came to my kitchen to tape an episode of CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks. Kenny Chesney calls him daddy. Bluegrass musicians Terry Eldredge and Terry Smith simply call him the greatest singer who ever lived – and so do I. Of course, I’m talking about the Possum – the great George Jones.
By BEVERLY KEEL
George Jones will receive the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors in December in Washington.
The Honors have been compared to a knighthood in Britain or the French Legion of Honor.
“With his unique voice and extraordinary career endurance, singer George Jones has been instrumental in making country music a vital force in American life,” says Stephen A. Schwarzman, Kennedy Center chairman.
Country music icon George Jones has been chosen to receive a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor. Jones, who has been called, the “greatest living country singer,” earned his reputation by diving so deeply into a song’s lyrics that listeners couldn’t help but feel an emotional connection to the song and the singer. The country legend first hit the charts in 1955 and since then has won two Grammys, numerous CMA and ACM Awards, has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and still headlines nearly 100 shows a year.