George Jones, 1931-2013

Country music legend George Jones has died. The singer is an icon known to fans of all kinds of music.

Country music icon George Jones died Apr. 26, 2013, at age 81. (georgejones.com photo)

Country music icon George Jones died Apr. 26, 2013, at age 81. (georgejones.com photo)

Jones started singing on the radio in Texas in 1947, at age 16, and his career as a performer blossomed after a term of service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

George Jones lived a very public life, and his battles with alcoholism and cocaine were common knowledge in the 1970s. Still, he managed to maintain a career and record songs that often touched listeners in deeply personal ways. He has also been a significant influence on the last three generations of country music singers and those who borrow from the styles of the genre.

Jones’ website gives this background information:

George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles in every decade since the 1950s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy® Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was presented with a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts.

On Apr. 18, 2013, Jones was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment of a fever and irregular blood pressure. He passed away there Apr. 26, 2013, at age 81.

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