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George Jones died today at age 81.
The Tennessean said, “Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones, 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, died Friday morning at a Nashville hospital. He was 81, and was often called the greatest male vocalist in country music history.”
George Jones lived and passed in Tennessee.
Clara Robinson, former manager at Johnston and Murphy in Nashville, Tennessee, developed a personal relationship with him and his wife during the years she was employed there.
“He was my friend,” Robinson said, “He and his wife were always so friendly.”
She said he would spend thousands of dollars at a time on clothing, sometimes even buying one of everything in the catalog.
“One time,” she said, “he bought so many shirts, and it turned out they were a size too small.” She continued on saying that instead of returning the clothing, he gave it to a man that worked for him.
Another story Robinson told was that the assistant manager at the time played guitar, and showed a great interest in Jones’ music. The next time Jones came to the store he brought two back stage passes for the man.
These stories exemplify the kind heart that resided in one of the best country music singers of our generation.
“‘I messed up my life way back there, drinking and boozing and all that kind of stuff,’ he told The Tennessean in 2008. ‘And you wish you could just erase it all. You can’t do that, though. You just have to live it down the best you can,'” states The Tennessean.
According to this obituary, “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.’ Waylon Jennings, in his song ‘It’s Alright’ expressed a common jealousy when he said, ‘If we all could sound like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones.'”
George Jones rests as a country music legend.
“He said I’ll love you ’til I die
She told him you’ll forget in time
As the years went slowly by
She still preyed upon his mind”