Huge news in Nashville this morning: George Jones has died.
He’s been in out of the hospital in recent years, but you never think George Jones would ever actually go.
Many consider “He Stopped Loving Her Today” to be the saddest country song of all time, and I wouldn’t want to argue anybody out of that.
But a recent favorite of mine is this one, “Half Over You.”
He was one of country music’s wildest stars. But that’s not what I think about when I think about George Jones. I think about the time Hubbo and I went to hear him at an outdoor amphitheater at Opryland, in the early ’90s. It had to have been one of his least glamorous gigs–motley crowd, not even a sellout. But he DID show up (despite his notorious No-Show Jones ways), and he DID sing his heart out, and Hubbo said to me, “He’s got perfect pitch. Listen.”
So many singers today try to sing like George Jones. He invented a way of singing, really.
PS Here’s a swatch for my Knit Your Life project. There’s no pattern to it, that’s for sure.