The Life And Times Of George Jones
I wonder deep down George, who is ever gonna fill your shoes?
Yes, today I have a sadness. George Jones passed away just a little earlier today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81 years old.
I have always had a special place inside of me for George Jones. As we listened to the radio when I was a youngster, his music just buried deep inside of me. I must admit there were many times with my old guitar that Grandma and Grandpa had bought me for Christmas when I was eight years old, I would stand in front of a mirror pretending I was George Jones.
My voice was rough, but I would still sing the songs George sang.
I look back on life and I wonder just how many other traits I took from George. May he rest forever in peace.
George was born in 1931 in a small Texas town. He was given a guitar at an early age and hustled and bustled on the streets of Beaumont, Texas playing to earn spare change.
George left home at 16 years old and traveled to Jasper where he played and sang on the radio. He got married at 19, but was soon divorced. George had a patriotic heart, and with the Korean war at full charge, he enlisted in the United States Marines. He never went to Korea, staying in California for his full duty.
George's music career took off, and so did he. He turned to alcohol and it turned him. He was known to do some very crazy things while drunk. Some of George's songs reflected his alcoholic tendencies.
Many famous artists at one time played in Mr Jones' band. Some include:
- Dan Schafer
- Hank Singer
- Johnny Paycheck
- Sonny Curtis
- Steve Hinson
- and many more.
George was married four times. He had two sons and two daughters through these marriages. his second to last marriage was with the great country artist, Tammy Wynette in which 1 daughter was born.
At George's death earlier today was Nancy Sepulvado, his wife since 1983. May God bless her.
George made a mark on music; not just country music, but all music.
He will be missed, and I must say, I will never forget this man.
George, if God will, please hear that you made a mark on me as well as many others. Rest In Peace and know that you were greatly loved here on Earth.
With that, I will leave with a couple more George Jones videos.
© G.L. Boudonck
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