George Jones

George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American country musician, singer, and songwriter. He achieved international fame for a long list of hit records, and his distinctive voice and phrasing. For the last two decades of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as “the greatest living country singer”. Jones has been called “The Rolls-Royce of Country Music” and had more than 160 chart singles to his name from 1955 until his death in 2013.

His earliest musical influences were Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe, although the artistry of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell helped to crystallize his vocal style. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was discharged in 1953. In 1959, Jones recorded “White Lightning”, written by The Big Bopper, which launched his career as a singer. Years of alcoholism compromised his health and led to his missing many performances, earning him the nickname “No Show Jones”. Jones died in 2013, aged 81, from hypoxic respiratory failure.

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