Summary by Erica LaCentra, TicketNews Staff
It was announced on Friday, April 26, 2013, that George Jones, an immense presence in the country music scene for the last half-century, died at the age of 81. Known for songs that reflected his own life experiences of heartbreak and hard drinking, Jones had an incredible career that extended from the 1950s to the present. During that time, Jones produced over 100 albums, and achieved countless chart topping songs. Jones also received numerous honors throughout his career, including a spot on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time for “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1992), and the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement (2008). Jones was performing right up until his death and was in the middle of his final tour schedule, named “The Grand Tour”, which was supposed to conclude with a star studded show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 22nd. The country music industry lost a true legend today, but his memory will live on through his music.
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