R.I.P., George Jones, the country star who lived his songs

April 26, 2013

“Our fans, our people, if they know the truth, they understand you that much better. They’ll either hate or feel sorry for you . . . or love you more. They understand.”

George Jones with ex-wife Tammy Wynette back in the day. (The Tennessean via AP)
George Jones with ex-wife Tammy Wynette back in the day. (The Tennessean via AP)

– George Jones, whose songs so often mirrored his life — whether it was his stormy relationship with Tammy Wynette or his hard-drinking ways — on coming to terms with the that apparent lack of privacy. The Old Possum died Friday at 81, silencing a voice that our colleague Terence McArdle notes could be considered “in the same echelon as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday for his expressive and unguarded style.” It’s a very nice obituary:  George Jones, legend in country music, dies at 81

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