Terrible news: George Jones has died at 81.
Here are links to a few obits:
An NBC producer and fan, Matthew Diebel, argues that George is (I guess we have to say ‘was’ now) the greatest pop singer on record!
Worth reading; also contains three videos and a slideshow. Here’s one of the videos:
I think it was Steve Morse, then of The Boston Globe, who asked us what best defined the music on Hillbilly at Harvard. “The Stanley Brothers,” Sinc and I answered, “and George Jones.”
What more can I say?/CL
UPDATE: From The New Yorker (hat tip $tevie at the MacResource Forum):
In this piece, Ian Crouch concludes:
. . . It’s barely after noon on the east coast, probably too early for a whiskey. But later, if you’ve got a moment, pour a couple of fingers and cue up some George. I’d start with one of his earliest hits, “Tender Years,” which was recorded in 1961 but may have been the best thing he ever did. George Jones outran and outlived his shadow for half a decade. He lived a long time. But his best songs are short. “Tender Years” runs at 2:28; you may want to set it on repeat.
“Tender Years” is fine, but there are so many others. “The Window Up Above”? “She’s Mine?” “The Grand Tour”? Supply your own. The link to “Tender Years” in the article requires a log-in; this one doesn’t:
By the way, Comments are open. Feel free to add some. /CL
Reflective picture of George on the home page of his website, and an email address for his wife Nancy and the family:
This picture and an obituary with more links in USA Today:
Entertainment on Today has a nice slideshow, and a link to a live TV performance of “White Lightning”:
The video clip is great fun; here it is: