“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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