George Jones Biography
George Jones first hit the charts in the 1950's. In April 1999, he celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his first Number One record, White Lightning. It was also the year that Jones won his second Grammy as Best Male Country Vocalist for his performance on the single "Choices." His only previous Grammy was in 1981 for his performance of "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Jones' Gold-selling 1999 COLD HARD TRUTH CD reminded fans and critics alike why he's considered "the greatest living country singer." "Choices," the first single from that album marked his 164th charted record. The Keith Stegall produced project earned Jones some of the best reviews of his already illustrious career and ensured his place in the new millennium of country music.
Whether the times have favored honky tonk songs or lushly produced "pop" offerings, George Jones has continued to make his brand of country music, which has produced hits in every decade of the second half of the 20th century. In fact, Jones has had more charted singles than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.
In 2000 Jones' label, Asylum Records was consolidated into Warner Bros. Records, effectively closing the legendary imprint. Without Asylum's management team of Evelyn Shriver and Susan Nadler at the helm, Jones opted to leave Warner Bros. Records.
In 2001 Shriver and Nadler formed Bandit Records. Not only was Jones the first artist signed to the label, he became a principle partner in the venture. Bandit then formed a joint venture with BMG's BNA label for sales, marketing and promotion services.
GEORGE JONES THE ROCK is the first release under the BNA/Bandit banner. THE ROCK was recorded in two phases: the first group of songs were produced in 2000 by Emory Gordy, Jr. including the first single, "The Man He Was" written by Harley Allen and John Wiggins. The second stage was recorded in July, 2001 and was produced by Keith Stegall.
A pivotal song on the album is the emotion-wrenching "50,000 Names," written by Jamie O'Hara who had also contributed the title tune, "Cold Hard Truth." The song speaks of the heartaches and destruction experienced by so many as symbolized by the Vietnam Wall.
In 1998, while in the middle of recording Cold Hard Truth, Jones had a horrific car accident when he lost control of his SUV vehicle and hit a bridge just a mile from his home. It took two hours for emergency medical teams to free him from the car. Doctors feared the worst as Jones had a collapsed lung, torn liver and other internal injuries. Jones remained in critical care on a ventilator to help him breathe for eleven days. He then developed pneumonia, which further exasperated his recovery. The situation looked bleak. Performers from all eras - Little Jimmy Dickens, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, George Strait, Sammy Kershaw and Billy Ray Cyrus, as well as Jones' famed retired producer and friend Billy Sherrill, came to lend their support to Jones' family.
After recovering for several months, Jones resumed his career with the release of Cold Hard Truth and his never-ending touring schedule. But... this was a new George Jones who had finally turned his life around. Not only did he give up liquor, he stopped smoking and drinking coffee. "That accident put the fear of God into me," said Jones. "I realized I was getting to the age that I had to quit all that mess and smoking was hurting my lungs and affecting my voice. So, I just quit it all. Within months I was hitting higher notes than I ever hit before and wishing I had done it years ago."
George Glenn Jones was born in Saratoga, in East Texas. As a kid, he sang for tips on the streets of nearby Beaumont. By age 24, he had been married twice, served in the Marines and was a veteran of the Texas honky tonk circuit. On a recording session in 1955 for Starday Records, producer Pappy Dailey suggested he quite singing like his idols, Lefty Frizell, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and try singing like George Jones. The result was "Why Baby Why," his first Top Five hit.
At Starday, Jones made rockabilly records as Thumper Jones and had his first country #1 at Mercury Records in 1959 with "White Lightning." In 1961 he hit #1 again with "Tender Years" and "She Thinks I Still Care," which held the #1 spot for six weeks and let to Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1962 and again in 1963. Later in the '60s, on the Musicor label, his singles consistently hit the Top 10 and he hit #1 again in 1967 with "Walk Through This World With Me."
Jones, the top male singer in country music, married country music's hottest new female artist Tammy Wynette in 1969. He soon joined Wynette's label, Epic, where he enjoyed a successful 20-year association with producer Billy Sherrill. He hit #1 in the '70s with "The Grand Tour" and "The Door," both in 1974. His marriage to Wynette was stormy but in the recording studio they were the perfect duet partners, hitting #1 with "We're Gonna Hold On" in 1974 and, coinciding with their 1976 divorce, "Golden Ring" and "Near You."
Jones kicked off the 1980's with one of the all-time great country records, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which won him Single of the Year honors from the CMA in 1980 and again in 1981. He won virtually every award available for that song including the Grammy and the song remained #1 for 18 weeks. His hits continued throughout the decade and his video for "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" won the CMA's Video of the Year award in 1986.
In 1991, Jones signed with MCA Records, an event MCA Nashville President Tony Brown said was "like signing Elvis." In 1992 the CMA recognized Jones' monumental career by induction him into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He recorded High-Tech Redneck and the highly acclaimed acoustic album The Bradley Barn Sessions for MCA. In 1995, Jones and Tammy Wynette were reunited for a new CD entitled One and toured together for the first time in twenty years. Thankfully, George and Tammy had found friendship and peace in their relationship before the First Lady of Country Music unexpectedly passed away in 1998.
In 1996, Jones told his life story in the book I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL, which went to #6 on The New York Times bestseller list. As country fans were reading about his infamous past, he drew from his musical past in putting together his last CD for MCA, also entitled I Lived To Tell It All.
His COLD HARD TRUTH project proved that George Jones is still "hotter than a $2.00 pistol" and is poised to continue his amazing music legacy with the BNA/BAndit release, THE ROCK.
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Rest in Peace George | Reviewer: David & Betty Vaughan | 4/28/13
You were one of my Uncle Avretts Favoret Singers and Mine too I go places and sing this song He Stopped Loving Her Today My Favoret Rest in Peace George I will never Forget you . David Vaughan Plano Texas
BIG FAN | Reviewer: Trystin Marcella Lanigan | 11/11/11
You influence me greatly. I just got done doing a six week review on you for English. My teachers werre quite proud of me for what I did. I like that you are pure modern day country. We don't find many like you anymore, sadly. All the country singers today are a mixture of country and hip hop put together. Today I presented my 5 papers on you, and you video "White lightning" Everyone Enjoyed you hiccup noises. I listen to you very often. i'm a 15 year old girl from Hawley Minnesota, and people always ask me why do you listen to him. i always say because he is REAL country, unlike singers today. These past five weeks have been amazing, getting to know your life a little better. I thank you for what you life has come to with music. If you would like to contact me to get my 5 page report I would be glad to. Again thanks one more time, my family and teachers are prouod of me. 4573 250th Street South Hawley Minnesota 56549
Love, a big fan!
Trystin Lanigan <3
I was there | Reviewer: Michael James Lester | 1/5/11
George, I was there the day that you had the accident. I was the BIG RIG just 6 cars behind, I heard that you were bad shape and I felt bad, because you are one of my greatest influences. George, I hope that you live a long life.
HELP PLEASE | Reviewer: Diane Farrer | 11/30/07
After leaving Toronto 18-years ago, and ended up living in this tiny town of Fort Nelson,BC. Three years ago I moved to Dease Lake, and have made many friends there. I am writing this as a surprise for auntie Lizzie, Elizabeth Edzerza. She is an elder in the community and has helped me and others very much with the transition that comes of moving from one community to another, as well as making me feel more at home.
I am working in Fort Nelson at this time, but once freeze up is here, I go home to my cabin. Before I leave here, I also call some others and offer to pick up things, but whenever I ask Aunt Lizzie her answer always the same. George Jones and potatoes. I've managed to get some music, and am still looking for the movies,but, no can do, and I've been looking for a while. I think that one is 'The Longest Yard.'
Here's the question--would you be averse in sending her a letter written to Auntie Lizzie all in your own writing. Nothing commercial about it, It is just a gift for a wonderfully nice way she makes me feel
I know too that you are a very busy person and I am sorry to have to ask. The fact that I am sorry if I am being a nuiscence.;now,( but she Auntie Lizzie os getting old and and is in her late 70's to early or mid 80's.
Have you ever been in the position of really wanting to do something nice; It's so awesome that sparkle in the eyes. If you have done something that takes time and energy to put together; who cares? I just love the happy smile and the sparkle in the eye makes everything worthwhile.
If there is any amount could you please let me know how much I have PayPal or Money Order. I'd really like to make her happy face and she is a wonderful woman. There is my quest. I don't know her very ll, but she is well respected in the community and I would like to be a fly on a nearby door once opens the package.
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Thank you,but even if you decide not to do it,thank you any way and have a nice day.
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