George Jones, 1931 — 2013

George Jones, 1931 -- 2013

Texas-born country singer George Jones died Friday morning at the age of 81. That’s a remarkably ripe old age for a man who performed so many songs about death and dissolution and lived the hard-drinking life he sang about. We favor his awesome rendition of James Taylor’s “Bartender’s Blues,” but he is better known for his duets with Tammy Wynette and this tune by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman:

More:

“George Jones, legend in country music, dies at 81,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Songs Mirrored Country Singer’s Turbulent Life,” Stephen Miller, Wall Street Journal

“His Life Was a Country Song,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

“George Jones dies at 81; country music icon,” Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times

“Music Fans Mourn Country Legend George Jones,” Mary Morningstar, VOA

George Jones, Country Music Hall of Fame

George Jones official website

Bonus video: “She Thinks I Still Care,” 1962

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