Country Legend George Jones Dies At 81

George Jones

George Jones

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Legendary country music singer George Jones has died at age 81.

He died at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville on Friday morning.  Jones had been hospitalized since April 18 with a fever and irregular blood pressure, his representatives said.

Jones sang some of the greatest songs in country music — including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “White Lightning,” “Finally Friday,” “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” “The One I Loved Back Then,” “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Jones’ career was marked by a tumultuous marriage to Tammy Wynette and bouts with alcoholism that led to occasional concert cancellations. But there was no denying his talent.

Radio station WTWX, based in Guntersville, played nothing but Jones’ songs Friday.

“It was a natural decision,” station director Kerry Jackson said.

“George has been such a part of our radio stations for 50 years.  Starting back in the 1950s, he had a number one song in five decades, several number one songs.

“We started in radio back in 1950 with an AM station, WGSV, played a lot of George Jones in the 1950s and we transitioned to country music on our FM station, WTWX, in the 1970s and he’s been an integral part of our radio stations for half a century,” Jackson said.

Jones had recently postponed a concert initially scheduled for April 27 in Huntsville to July 12.  If you bought tickets, please return to your point of purchase with your tickets for a full refund.  If you bought tickets online or by phone through Ticketmaster, the full purchase price will be refunded to the card used for the purchase.

For additional information, please call the Von Braun Center at (256) 533-1953 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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