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George Jones

Jones performing at Harrah's Metropolis in Metropolis, Illinois in June 2002
Background information
Birth name George Glenn Jones
Also known as The Possum
No Show Jones
Born September 12, 1931 (1931-09-12) (age 76)
Origin Saratoga, Texas, USA
Genre(s) Country Music
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter
Guitarist
Instrument(s) Acoustic Guitar
Piano[citation needed]
Vocals
Years active 1955 – Present
Label(s) Starday (1955 - 1958)
Mercury (1958 - 1962)
United Artists (1962 - 1965)
Musicor (1965 - 1971)
Epic (1971 - 1991)
MCA Nashville (1991 - 1999)
Asylum (1999 - 2001)
Bandit (2001 - Present)
Website GeorgeJones.com
Members
Country Music Hall of Fame
Grand Ole Opry
Notable instrument(s)
Acoustic Guitar

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Over the past twenty years, Jones has frequently been referred to as "the greatest living country singer"[1] The country music scholar Bill C. Malone writes, "For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved." Look up lyrics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Throughout his long career, Jones made headlines often as much for tales of his drinking, stormy relationships with women, and violent rages as for his prolific career of making records and touring. His wild lifestyle led to Jones missing many performances, earning him the nickname "No Show Jones", but Jones never hid or denied his faults and now, with the help of his fourth wife, he has been "clean" for years. Jones clocked up scores of hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.

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Early life

Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas and raised in Vidor, Texas, along with his brother and five sisters (another sister died young before George was born)[2], being exposed to music from an early age from his parents own record collection and listening to the gospel music he heard in church. When George was seven, the Jones family bought a radio which introduced George to the country music that would become his life. The gift of a guitar when Jones was a young boy of nine soon saw him busking for money on the streets of his home town Beaumont. Vidor is a city in Southeast Texas at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Farm Market Road 105, six miles east of Beaumont in western Orange County. ...


Jones left home at sixteen and headed for Jasper, Texas where he found work singing and playing on a local radio station. Before he was out of his teens he married his first wife, Dorothy, but their union didn't even last a full year and Jones joined the US Marines. Despite the Korean War being fought at the time, Jones never experienced active service overseas, instead he sang in bars near his base in California. After leaving the Marines his music career took off.[3] Jasper is a city in Jasper County, Texas, on U.S. highways 96 and 190, State Highway 63, and Sandy Creek in north central Jasper County. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs: Japan Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden DPR Korea PR China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung... This article is about the U.S state. ...


Recent life

He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Nancy Jones. Also in a separate house on his property live Sherry Hohimer, his stepdaughter. Sherry's husband, Kirk, helps George Jones with concert setup. Sherry and Kirk's children Carlos and Breann Hohimer (George's grandchildren) live on his property.[4] Franklin is the county seat of Williamson County, Tennessee, USA. The population was 41,842 at the 2000 census. ...


Despite being in his seventies, Jones is still an active recording artist and still tours extensively on the North American continent as well as overseas. His other projects include the George Jones "University" which is a twice-yearly training program for those wishing to learn about a career in the music business. He also endorses his own brand of sausages which are produced for him by Williams Sausage Company of Tennessee using Jones's own recipe. The product boxes feature stories from Jones's colorful life. Other food products he has brought out include a range of barbecue sauces.


Jones and wife Nancy run a diner in Enterprise, Alabama which is decorated with memorabilia from Jones's long career in the country music business. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Jones is also a partner in Bandit Records, an independent record company set up by Jones and others when Jones's former record company Asylum Records was closed down by its owners AOL Time Warner. Bandit Records philosophy is to "create unique, interesting projects with artistic integrity that can operate free from the constraints of the corporate music industry". For the label known as Asylum-Curb, see Curb Records. ... Time Warner Inc. ...


In 2006, he was treated in hospital for pneumonia but made a full recovery and continued with his prolific touring schedule. This article is about human pneumonia. ...


2008 marks Jones's 55th year recording country music (1954-2008, inclusive, according to all major biographies) and he first hit the charts in 1955, according to GeorgeJones.com. Additionally, it is his 40th year (1969-2008, inclusive) as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...


Marriages

Jones was married twice before he turned 24. His first marriage was to Dorothy Bonvillion in 1950, a marriage that lasted but a year. They had one daughter, Susan. In 1954, Jones married Shirley Ann Corley. This marriage lasted until 1968 and they had two sons, Jeffrey and Brian. He next married fellow country musician Tammy Wynette in 1969. They were married until 1975 and had one daughter, Georgette. Georgette Jones, now a published country singer in her own right, has performed on stage with her famous father. He married his current wife, Nancy Sepulveda, on March 4, 1983 in Woodville, TX. Sepulveda also became his manager. Jones credits Nancy for rescuing him from drinking, as well as cocaine consumption. The couple currently live in Enterprise, Alabama. Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... Woodville is a town located in Tyler County, Texas. ... For other uses, see Cocaine (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Spouses

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Substance Abuse

Jones' alcohol consumption was legendary. For a great part of his life he woke up to a screwdriver and spent the rest of the day drinking bourbon. He was given the nickname "No-Show Jones" as a result of his missing many performances during his days of drug abuse. Wikibooks Bartending has a page on the topic of Screwdriver A Screwdriver is a cocktail made with orange juice and vodka, created sometime before October 24, 1949 (see Earliest Reference). ... Bourbon bottle, 19th century Oak casks in ricks used store and age bourbon. ...


Perhaps the best-known story of his drinking days is tragicomic. While married to the former Shirley Corley, his second wife, Jones resorted to some desperate measures in getting alcohol.

Once, when I had been drunk for several days, Shirley decided she would make it physically impossible for me to buy liquor. I lived about eight miles from Beaumont and the nearest liquor store. She knew I wouldn't walk that far to get booze, so she hid the keys to every car we owned and left.

But she forgot about the lawn mower. Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Counties Settled 1835 Incorporation 1838 Gentilic Beaumonter Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Becky Ames  - City Manager Kyle Hayes  - Mayor Pro - Tem Nancy Beaulieu Area  - City 222. ...


I can vaguely remember my anger at not being able to find keys to anything that moved and looking longingly out a window at a light that shone over our property. There, gleaming in the glow, was that ten-horsepower rotary engine under a seat. A key glistening in the ignition.


I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles per hour. It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did.[5]

The riding mower doesn't seem to be a one-time event. Wife Tammy Wynette told her own riding mower story in her 1979 autobiography. Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ...

About 1 am I would wake up and look over to find he was gone. I got into the car and drove to the nearest bar 10 miles away.

When I pulled into the parking lot there sat our rider-mower right by the entrance. He'd driven that mower right down a main highway. He looked up and saw me and said, `Well, fellas, here she is now. My little wife, I told you she'd come after me.'[6]

Jones later jokingly sang of the lawn mower incident in his 1996 single "Honky Tonk Song", and parodied his own arrest in the song's music video. I Lived to Tell It All is an album by country music artist George Jones This album was released on August 13, 1996 on the MCA Nashville Records label. ...


In the 1970s, Jones was introduced to cocaine by a manager before a show in which he was too tired to perform. This accelerated his already unpredictable actions. His self-destructive bent brought him close to death and to the inside of a psychiatric hospital in Alabama at the end of the decade. Although somewhat celebrated by some of his fans as the hard-drinkin', fast-livin' spiritual-son of his idol, Hank Williams, he missed so many booked engagements that he became known as "No-Show Jones." He was often broke and later admitted that friends Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash came to his aid financially during this period. A psychiatric hospital (also called, at various places and times, mental hospital or mental ward, historically often asylum, lunatic asylum, or madhouse), is a hospital specialising in the treatment of persons with mental illness. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... For other persons named Hank Williams, see Hank Williams (disambiguation). ... Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was a respected and influential American country music singer and musician. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ...


Poking fun at his past, two country music videos would feature Jones arriving on a riding lawn mower. The first was Hank Williams, Jr's "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" in 1984 while the second was Vince Gill's "One More Last Chance" in 1993. In fact, Gill's song mentioned the riding lawn mower with the lines "She might have took my car keys, but she forgot about my old John Deere." At the end of Gill's video, he is leaving the golf course on a John Deere tractor and greets Jones with "hey possum." Jones, arriving at the golf course driving a John Deere riding lawn mower with a set of golf clubs mounted behind him, would reply back to Gill "hey sweetpea." This article is about Hank Williams, Jr. ... Vince Gill (born Vincent Grant Gill, April 12, 1957) is an American neotraditional country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. ... John Deere Logo A John Deere 7800 tractor attached to a corn planter. ...


Fourteen #1 US Country Hits

  1. "White Lightning" (1959)
  2. "Tender Years" (1961)
  3. "She Thinks I Still Care" (1962)
  4. "Walk Through This World With Me" (1967)
  5. "We're Gonna Hold On" (with Tammy Wynette) (1973)
  6. "The Grand Tour" (1974)
  7. "Golden Ring" (with Tammy Wynette) (1974)
  8. "The Door" (1975)
  9. "Near You" (with Tammy Wynette) (1976)
  10. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (1980)
  11. "(I Was Country) When Country Wasn't Cool" (with Barbara Mandrell) (1981)
  12. "Still Doin' Time" (1981)
  13. "Yesterday's Wine" (with Merle Haggard) (1982)
  14. "I Always Get Lucky With You" (1983)

Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... He Stopped Loving Her Today is a song by country music artist George Jones that has been named in some surveys as the greatest country song of all time. ... Barbara Mandrell (b. ... Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ...

Awards

Discography

Further reading

  • I Lived to Tell it All, George Jones with Tom Carter, Dell Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0-440-22373-3
  • In The Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music, Nicholas Dawidoff, Vintage Books, 1998, ISBN 0-375-70082-X
  • Country Music U.S.A., Bill C. Malone, University of Texas Press, 1985, ISBN 0-292-71096-8
  • Joel Whitburn's Top Country Songs, 1944 to 2005, Record Research, Inc., Menomonee Falls, WS, 2005, ISBN 0-89820-165-9

References

  1. ^ CMT.com : George Jones : Biography
  2. ^ George Jones with Tom Carter (1997). I Lived To Tell It All. Dell Publsihing, pp. 8. ISBN 0-440-22373-3. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2003). All Music Guide to Country, 2nd edition, San Francisco, CA: Backbeat, pp. 387. ISBN 0-87930-760-9. 
  4. ^ Country Music U.S.A, Bill C. Malone, page 288
  5. ^ Jones, George. (1996). I Lived to Tell It All. New York: Dell Publishing Company
  6. ^ Wynette, Tammy; Wynette, Dew and Wynette, Joan, "Stand By Your Man," 1979, New York: Simon and Schuster

Stephen Thomas Erlewine is a music journalist and the Senior Editor for All Music Guide. ...

See also

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... This is an alphabetical list of country music performers. ... The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The worlds best-selling music artists cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales in the manner that the RIAA does in the United States. ... This is a list of inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. ...

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