George Jones, legendary country-music singer, died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 81. Jones had continually declining health, and was being hospitalized for a fever and high blood-pressure beginning April 18, 2013.
Jones’ career highlights are too numerous to completely recount. Jones had 14 #1 country hits, and his best-known songs include “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” with Barbara Mandrell. Jones is also known for his long-time association with country singer Tammy Wynette, who he was also married to from 1969 until their divorce in 1975.
Jones had previously announced his “Grand Tour” for 2013 that was to include 24 concerts across the US beginning in May. The tour was to conclude in Nashville, TN on November 22, with a concert that was to feature Jones, Garth Brooks, and Kid Rock, as well as dozens of more artists. No word yet on the fate the all star show, but we are betting it will go on as a tribute to the late singer.