I remember hearing several of his songs on the radio as a kid. My mom always had the radio tuned to country music, and I would sing along to songs that stood out enough for me to pay attention and learn the words. I liked “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “White Lightning,” and “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair.”
NASHVILLE - George Jones, whose supple Texas voice conveyed heartbreak so profound that he became perhaps the most imitated singer in country music, died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hospitalized April 18 with irregular blood pressure. He was 81.
Hank Williams may have set country music’s mythology and Johnny Cash its attitude, but Jones gave the genre its ultimate voice. With recordings that spanned 50 years, including No. 1 singles White Lightning, She Thinks I Still Care and He Stopped Loving Her Today, Jones influenced generations of country singers and was considered by many to be the greatest of them all.