Country's George Jones Dead at 81
He had No. 1 hits in five separate decades
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 26, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
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(Newser) – George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Jones died today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, and countless others. In a career that lasted more than 50 years, "Possum" recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.

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DarkFrancis
Apr 27, 2013 9:37 AM CDT
One of the greats.
Rancher_64
Apr 26, 2013 11:47 PM CDT
My wife and I had the privilege of attending George's show in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in the 80's. He lived up to his reputation for being late, to the tune of about 2 hrs. Some concertgoers left because they got impatient, but my wife and I decided to stay and man, were we glad we did. He put on a heck of a show. I think he sang just about every song he ever recorded. I've always thought that when he saw how many loyal fans had stuck it out to hear him,he just put on an extra great show. His fans didn't want him to stop singing, he came back on stage twice. George,you had your problems,don't we all,but inside I think you were a good man with a big heart. Our condolences to your family. We'll be listening to you music forever.
bubbahotep
Apr 26, 2013 8:54 PM CDT
RIP George. Thanks for the music and the stories.