Life as it unfolds... by country music song writer Ben Krahne

Goodbye George

Its sad to see the old country music icons go, and many will miss the legendary George Jones who passed away just yesterday. Known as The Possum, he occupied a place in the ears and hearts of fans young and old since the 50's. A regular on the Hee Haw show in the late 1960s, George filled many a living room with his music along with his wife at the time, Tammy Wynette and peers like Merle Haggard and Faron Young. No stranger to the stage of the Grand Ole Oprey or those in Branson over his long career, he will be sorely missed by many old school country fans.

The hard partying country star finally found the love of his life, though married 4 times, his current wife Nancy has been with him for 30 years. George ranked number 275 of Rolling Stones' greatest singers of all time list. He was featured in Playboy Magazine in April 2011, who dubbed him an outlaw from the thickets of East Texas who changed the face of American music. With rockabilly tunes like White Lightening in 1959, George did play a big part in shifting the country genre toward what it has grown into today - though 'rockabilly' then and now are worlds apart in sound. A playboy in his time, its a fitting appearance for the handsome devil who could croon about a heartbreak like no one else.

Great Boots, GeorgeI found this image this morning and must say Jones had great taste in boots, but the mint julep green color to match his suit has to go. Red would have been better George! Stage clothes by Nudie the Rodeo Tailor were sure something back then, though this suit he put on George lacks all the sequins that were so popular in those days. Some of the jackets Nudie whipped up made the most decorated cowboy boot pale in comparison. Don't glitter boys, just strum.

At 81, George Jones was still entertaining his fans, but he had plans of retiring. His final concert was planned for this coming November with a lineup of country music stars a mile long. He called it the No Show Jones, which was a nickname he picked up years ago. While he had many a hit over the years, the biggest and most played of all of them has got to be, He Stopped Loving Her Today - and here he is performing it on the Grand Ole Oprey just three years ago. His voice may have aged, but he still has what it takes.

Rest in peace, Possum. You'll always be remembered as the greatest heartache balladeer, ranking with the likes of Hank and Johnny as one of the greatest country music song writer that ever lived.

 

 
Boots image courtesy of a Nudie fan, the cool 1970s George image courtesy of Audio Odyssey.

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  • Wallace Crawford
    February 13, 2014 - 1:51 am Reply

    Pioneers of a more Americanised popular country music in Australia included Tex Morton (known as “The Father of Australian Country Music”) in the 1930s. Other early stars included Buddy Williams , Shirley Thoms and Smoky Dawson . Buddy Williams (1918-1986) was the first Australian-born to record country music in Australia in the late 1930s and was the pioneer of a distinctly Australian style of country music called the bush ballad that others such as Slim Dusty would make popular in later years. During World War II, many of Buddy Williams recording sessions were done whilst on leave from the Army. At the end of the war, Williams would go on to operate some of the largest travelling tent rodeo shows Australia has ever seen.

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  • Sherman
    December 22, 2013 - 7:57 pm Reply

    Pioneers of a more Americanised popular country music in Australia included Tex Morton (known as “The Father of Australian Country Music”) in the 1930s. Other early stars included Buddy Williams , Shirley Thoms and Smoky Dawson . Buddy Williams (1918-1986) was the first Australian-born to record country music in Australia in the late 1930s and was the pioneer of a distinctly Australian style of country music called the bush ballad that others such as Slim Dusty would make popular in later years. During World War II, many of Buddy Williams recording sessions were done whilst on leave from the Army. At the end of the war, Williams would go on to operate some of the largest travelling tent rodeo shows Australia has ever seen.

    • admin
      December 28, 2013 - 1:34 am Reply

      Hey Sherman – Nice of you to drop by, but I’m a bit confused about what Tex Morton has to do with George Jones.

  • Omar U. Arnold
    December 10, 2013 - 5:43 pm Reply

    As of June 8, 2010, George Strait was named the top country music artist of the past 25 years according to Billboard magazine . In October 2008, the Academy of Country Music Awards named Strait their Artist of the Decade for the 2000s. He was presented the award by the previous winner Garth Brooks. Past winners of the award are Marty Robbins (1960s), Loretta Lynn (1970s), Alabama (1980s) and Garth Brooks (1990s).

  • Jillian D. Sanford
    November 7, 2013 - 4:54 pm Reply

    While album sales of most musical genres have declined, country music experienced one of its best years in 2006, when, during the first six months of the year, U.S. sales of country albums increased by 17.7 percent to 36 million. Moreover, country music listening nationwide has remained steady for almost a decade, reaching 77.3 million adults every week according to the radio-ratings agency Arbitron Inc.

  • Dionne Hewitt
    September 2, 2013 - 9:54 am Reply

    The fans appeared to really enjoy the festivities. We will return to the Grinter Barn Jamboree on Thursday, September 19 with some good country music. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.

  • Edwin A. Torres
    August 31, 2013 - 12:07 am Reply

    Pioneers of a more Americanised popular country music in Australia included Tex Morton (known as The Father of Australian Country Music) in the 1930s. Other early stars included Buddy Williams , Shirley Thoms and Smoky Dawson . Buddy Williams was the first Australian born to record country music in Austraia in the late 1930’s and was the pioneer of a distinctly Australian style of country music called the bush ballad that others such as Slim Dusty would make popular in later years. In 1952, Dawson began a radio show, and went on to national stardom as a singing cowboy of radio, TV and film.

  • Kelli U. Leblanc
    July 9, 2013 - 3:49 pm Reply

    (CNN) — George Jones, the country music legend whose graceful, evocative voice gave depth to some of the greatest songs in country music — including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” — has died, according to his public relations firm.

  • Therese Holman
    July 1, 2013 - 2:53 am Reply

    “If We Make It Through December” turned out to be Haggard’s last pop hit. Although he won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his 1984 remake of That’s The Way Love Goes , newer singers had begun to take over country music, and singers like George Strait and Randy Travis had taken over the charts. Haggard’s last number one hit was ” Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star ” from his smash album Chill Factor in 1988.