George Glenn Jones was born in Saratoga, in East Texas. As a kid, he sang
for tips on the streets of nearby Beaumont. By age 24, he had been married
twice, served in the Marines and was veteran of the Texas honky circuit. On
a recording session in 1955 for Starday Records, producer Pappy Dailey
suggested he quit singing like his idols, Lefty Frizell, Roy Acuff and Hank
Williams, and try singing like George Jones. The result was "Why Baby
Why," his first Top Five hit.
In 1959, Jones had his first #1 record with "White Lightning." Other Number
Ones include "Tender Years" and "She Thinks I Still Care," which held the #1
spot of six weeks and led to Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the
Country Music Association in 1962 and again in 1963. His singles
consistently hit the Top 10 and he hit #1 again in 1967 with "Walk Through
This World With Me."
Jones, the top male singer in country music, married country music's hottest
new female artist, Tammy Wynette in 1969. He bought out his contract with
Musicor so that he could join Wynette's label, Epic Records, where he
enjoyed a successful 20-year association with producer Billy Sherrill.
He hit #1 in the '70s with "The Grand Tour" and 'The Door." His marriage to
Wynette was stormy but in the recording studio they were the perfect duet
partners, hitting #1 with "We're Gonna Hold On" in 1974 and, coinciding
with their 1976 divorce, "Golden Ring" and "Near You."
Jones kicked off the 1980s with one of the all-time great country records,
"He Stopped Loving Her Today," which won him a Grammy and Single of the
Year honors from the CMA in 1980 and again in 1981. He won virtually every
award available for that Song, which remained #1 for 18 weeks. His hits
continued throughout the decade and his video for "Who's Gonna Fill Their
Shoes" won the CMA's Video of the Year award in 1986.
In 1992 the CMA recognized Jones' monumental career with his induction
into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1995, Jones and Tammy Wynette
were reunited for a new CD entitled "One" and toured together for the first
time in twenty years. Thankfully, George and Tammy had found friendship
and peace in their relationship before the First Lady of Country Music passed
away in 1998.
In 1996, Jones told his life story in the book I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL, which
was a #6 Best Seller on The New York Times list.
Jones' 1999 gold-selling " Cold Hard Truth" earned him the 1999 Grammy
Award for Best Male Country Vocalist. When his label, Asylum Records, was
consolidated into Warner Bros. Records, Jones opted to leave and join some
friends in starting Bandit Records. In 2001 he released "The Rock: Stone
Cold Country 2001." In 2003 Jones reunited with his long time producer
Billy Sherrill to release his first Gospel Collection. Previous Gospel releases
were isolated tracks that had been recorded over a period of years and
eventually compiled into albums.
In 2003, Jones received the 2002 Medal of Arts from President George W.
Bush at a White House ceremony. The Medal "honors individuals for the
singular distinction of their artistic careers." The National Medal of Arts is
the nations highest honor for artistic excellence.
Jones, at 73, continues to headline more that one hundred concerts a year.
He is already working on his next studio album, which will be "songs I
wished I had recorded." "The Possum" is at a great place in his life and, for
the first time in his adult life, is straight, sober and having the time of his