Written By: Larry Wayne Clark
How do you write a critique about the man many claim to be the greatest country singer ever to draw breath? Answer: you don’t. You simply marvel at the dozens of hits and the unforgettable artistry that turned so many of them to classics, finally adding a few more drops to the ocean of ink describing the half-century career of George Glenn Jones. All the hits are here, starting with mid-’50s honky-tonkers like “Why Baby Why” and “Tall Tall Trees” (which make us wonder sadly why Jones the songwriter laid down his pen so early).
For the country fan who thinks the last great Nashville hit was “He Stopped Loving Her Today": “George Jones: 50 Years of Hits” (Bandit, three discs, $30.98). This grand tour of Jones’ half-century career begins with 1955’s “Why Baby Why” and concludes with “Amazing Grace,” recorded for the artist’s recent gospel album. Disc No. 2 covers Jones’ 1970s glory years, but it’s the Jones-Alan Jackson duet “A Good Year for the Roses,” which shows up at the end of Disc No. 1, that will take you straight to hillbilly heaven.
National concert special on PBS to feed Thanksgiving Night
Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 10pm ET (Check local listings)
Nashville, TN November 10… Country music legend, George Jones, celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist with a little help from his friends on the PBS broadcast, “George Jones, 50 Years of Hits: A Soundstage Special Event.” The two-hour all-star tribute feeds Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 25 at 10pm ET. * Several PBS stations will air one-hour a version of the program Thanksgiving night; each market will air the full two-hour version in December or January (Check local listings). For a complete list of participating artists on each version, see below.
n the November 23rd issue of Country Weekly artists such as Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, and Trace Adkins talk about their hero George Jones, and the upcoming tribute to him on PBS. Check it out!