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George Jones: 10 Facts About the Country Music Legend

George Jones, 2003George Jones, who died on April 26 at age 81 in Nashville, was such a giant in the world of country music that a song Jim Lauderdale wrote about him, “The King of Broken Hearts,” became a hit for George Strait. And that was a fitting appellation.

Jones, who possessed a superlative, pitch-perfect baritone – Frank Sinatra reportedly once called him “the second greatest singer in the world” – was royalty as a vocalist. But he also exemplified the tension between the beautiful and the tragic that makes country music so resonant to so many.

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The Nashville Tennessean eulogized Jones as “a master of sad country ballads whose voice held the bracing power, the sweetness and the burn of an evening’s final pull from a bourbon bottle.” That feeling is encapsulated in one of his myriad hits, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”: YouTube Preview Image

Here are 10 tidbits about Jones’ life and times:

 

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