George Jones Funeral Open To The Public May 2nd and To Be Broadcast on Multiple Stations. Country legend George Jones passed away last week, Friday, April 26th, and his funeral arrangements have officially been announced. The funeral, which will be open to the public, will take place at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN on Thursday, May 2nd. The services will begin at 10:00am (central), but the doors will open at 9:00am. For the many fans of Jones who cannot attend, television networks CMT, GAC, RFD, FamilyNet (national) and WKRN 2, WSMV 4, WTVF 5, WZTV 17 (local) will be broadcasting the service live. Via radio the services will be available on WSM 650AM and SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 56), and online fans can listen at wsmonline.com and watch at opry.com. The service will include music from Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill w/ Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Kid Rock, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, and Wynonna. Former First Lady Laura Bush, Kenny Chesney, Grand Ole Opry VP&GM Pete Fisher, Governor Bill Haslam, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Barbara Mandrell, and CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer will all make special remarks. Fans are encouraged to leave their own personal messages remembering George Jones here.
Country Music Stars Respond to Passing of Icon George Jones, Share Memories and Send Condolences. This morning (Friday, April 26th) the country community was deeply saddened by the news of legend George Jones‘ passing. There has been a truly overwhelming outpouring of fond memories, kind words, and condolences being shared, and I sincerely hope that Jones’ family and friends can find some solace in the fact the their loved one is going to be so well remembered by so many. Almost immediately after the news was released, messages from stars, fans and industry folks began flooding the top social media platforms. Appropriately the hashtag #GeorgeJones, was trending within what seemed like just minutes on Twitter.Below, find some of the statements and tweets that have been shared and released throughout the day. Artists Respond to Passing of George Jones. Alan Jackson: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’” Loretta Lynn: “It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.” Brad Paisley: “George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks. How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know. And one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George. Brad” Easton Corbin: “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you Continue reading
George Jones Sept 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013
As I sit here on this rainy spring morning, trying to compose one of the most heartbreaking pieces I’ve ever had to write, I’m finding I can’t get past the tears to see my keyboard. George Jones has passed away. From his team: Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. Born September 12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in American popular music history. He was the singer of enduring country music hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the latter of which is often at the top of industry lists of the greatest country music singles of all time. “A singer who can soar from a deep growl to dizzying heights, he is the undisputed successor of earlier natural geniuses such as Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell,” wrote Bob Allen in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Encyclopedia of Country Music.” Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, and he played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to Texas and recording for the Starday label in Houston, Texas. In 1955, his “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single, peaking at number four and beginning a remarkable commercial string: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music. Jones’ first number one hit came in 1959 with “White Lightning,” a Mercury Records single that topped Billboard country charts for five weeks. He moved on to United Artists and then to Musicor, notching hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “A Good Year for the Roses” and “Walk Through This World With Me.” Jones signed with Epic Records in 1971 and worked with producer Billy Sherrill to craft a sound at once elegant and rooted, scoring with “The Grand Tour,” “Bartenders Blues” and many more. Sherrill also produced duets between Jones and his then-wife Tammy Wynette, and in the 1970s they scored top-charting hits including “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You.” By the time “Golden Ring” and “Near You” hit in 1976, Jones and Wynette were divorced, and Jones was battling personal demons. His solo career cooled until 1980, when he recorded “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a ballad penned by Curly Putman and Bobby Braddock that helped Jones win Country Music Association prizes for best male vocal and top single. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” revived a flagging career, and Jones won the CMA’s top male vocalist award in 1980 and 1981. He also earned a Grammy for best male country vocal performance. In 1983, Jones married Continue reading
George Jones Suffering from Fever and Irregular Blood Pressure In Nashville Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with country icon George Jones, as he has been hospitalized in Nashville, TN due to a fever and irregular blood pressure, both discovered after a routine check up. Jones has been working towards a final concert in Music City in November of this year as part of an extended “good-bye” tour. Unfortunately, he has had to cancel more than one show over the past year or so because of health related issues. The 82 year old artist is still considered one of the most important country music artists in the industry, having influenced generations of aspiring artists and fans alike. After over 50 years in the music biz though, he has called it quits on recording, and is currently working on a final project along with Dolly Parton. We sincerely wish him the best, and hope for a speedy recovery.
The Possum Has Announced His Final Nashville Concert Of His Career. George Jones has announced the final Nashville show as part of The Grand Tour to be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on Friday, November 22, 2013. Special guest Tanya Tucker will be on hand for the Nashville concert amongst other friends of The Possum, yet to be announced. “The Grand Tour will have surprises throughout the shows – you never know who may show up! The Possum has lots of friends so it is going to be the most exciting thing to see who shows up during the final show. You should come too – and we can be surprised together!” said Jones. George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour“. The tour is expected to make approximately 60 stops next year. “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair“, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes“, “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises. Tickets for the Nashville show go on-sale Friday, November 16th at 10am at all Ticketmaster locations. All you George Jones fans be sure to get on the ball, you don’t want to miss one of his final shows that are listed below!
The Possum Has Postponed Performances Through May 20. Country music Hall of Fame member George Jones is recuperating from upper respiratory infection and continues to rest at his Franklin, Tennessee home. Although Jones is doing much better, doctors are ordering mandatory recovery time forcing all tour dates through May 20, including the entire Canadian run, to be postponed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him in hopes that he recovers well! The following dates are canceled: April 28 Caruthersville, Mo Lady Luck Casino May 11 Pembroke, Ont. Pembroke Memorial Centre May 12 Rama, Ont. Casino Rama May 13 Kahnawake, QC Kahnawake Sports Complex May 15 Halifax, NS Halifax Forum May 16 Woodstock, NB Carlton Civic Centre May 18 Bouctouche, NB Civic Centre May 19 New Glasgow, NS New Glasgow Stadium May 20 Yarmouth, NS Mariner Centre
George Jones Plans 2012 Tour Dates! Despite having just celebrated his 80th birthday, George Jones is showing no signs of settling down anytime soon. The country great has already planned additional tour dates for 2012! Jones is clearly ready to get back out on the road, and keep performing for his fans! “I’m always excited to get back out on the road and we’re working up new shows and new songs. I’m feelin’ great and givin’ the road hell!” -George Jones This country music icons has essentially lived on the charts with hit singles releasing every decade since his debut in the 1950’s. We can only hope that when we have 80 years under our belts, we will have achieved so much and still have as much energy as Jones! Current George Jones 2012 Tour Dates Feb. 3 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena Feb. 4 – Tunica, MS – Sam’s Town Feb. 9 – Daytona Beach, FL – Peabody Auditorium Feb. 10 – Melbourne, FL – King Center Feb. 17 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center Feb. 18 – Columbus, OH – TBA Feb. 24 – Reno, NV – TBA Feb. 25 – Wendover, UT – TBA March 1 – Pendelton, OR – TBA March 2 – Shelton– WA – TBA March 3-4 – Lincoln City, OR – TBA March 23 – Metropolis, IL – TBA March 24 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center April 20 – Mahnomen, MN – Shooting Star Casino April 21 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino May 10 – 20 – Canada – TBA June 3 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater July 27 – 28 – Pigeon Forge, TN – Country Tonight Aug.17 – Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theater Aug. 18 – Durham, NC – Durham PAC Sept. 22 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Alabama Theater Oct. 12 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre Oct. 13 – Renfro Valley, KY – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center Nov. 9 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre Nov. 23 – Winnie, TX – Nutty Jerry’s Winnie Arena Nov. 24 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Casino
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