Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Cold Hard Truth. "Cold Hard Truth" was actually finished and released while George was still recovering.
Tramp On Your Street. This appears on the cd "the Rock".
No. George Jones is a traditionalist. Someone like Shania Twain would be considered as contemporary.
No show. Because of his drinking George missed several shows in the 1960's and 1970's
Dog food. Sunshine Mills makes George Jones dog food. George also has his own sausage.
Starday Records. He started with them in the 1950's. Asylum signed George in the late 1990's.
Garth Brooks. From the cd "The Rock". He also teamed up with Alan Jackson on "A Good Year For The Roses".
Tammy Wynette. They were married at the time. They made many other recordings during their marriage as well as some after they divorced.
White Lightning. "White Lightning" was the song that started it all. This record was released in 1959.
Georgette. Georgette Jones is a newly published country artist. She has duetted an album with her father and done stage performances with him also.
1992. George was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 as the greatest country singer alive. He had been called "the greatest country singer alive" since the 1980s.
Starday. George was acquainted with H.W. "Pappy" Daily, a producer for the Houston based Starday label. Starday signed George and encouraged him to discover his own distinctive sound. In 1955 George had his first country hits, "Why Baby Why" and "You Gotta Be My Baby".
Alabama. George was admitted into a psychiatric hospital in Alabama due to his near death experience with substance abuse in the late 1970s.
"White Lightning" (1959). George had 14 number one hits in the U.S. "White Lightning" was his very first.
United States Marine Corps. Before George was out of his teens, he married his first wife, Dorothy. The marriage didn't last more than a year. He soon after joined the United States Marines Corps but he was never sent overseas, despite the Korean War. He sang in bars close to his base in California.
He was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas.. George Glenn Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas. George was really raised in Vidor, Texas with his one brother and five sisters. George also had another sister who died at an early age, before he was born.
|"He Stopped Loving Her Today", was George's massive hit and signature song released April 1980 and acknowledged as the greatest country song of all time.
After recording this song, did George say 'nobody will buy that morbid S.O.B.'?
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Yes. Yes, George did say that to producer Billy Sherrill, who bet George one hundred dollars that he was wrong.
From the "He Stopped Loving Her Today" website:
"In any event, Sherrill, Jones and the engineers stuck with it over many months before they had the song completed. On the day they finished, Jones writes, "I looked Billy square in the eye and said, 'Nobody will buy that morbid S. O. B.' Then I marched out the studio door."
Sherrill recognized this as a perfect song for Jones, in need of a comeback hit from nearly a six year struggle with personal problems.
Awards from "He Stopped Loving Her Today":
1980 - Grammy, Best Country Male Performance
1980 - Academy/Country Music Award, Single of the Year
1980 - Academy/Country Music Award, Song of the Year (writers)
1980 & 1981 - Country Music Association, Best Male Vocalist of the Year
1981 - Music City News Award, Single of the Year.
George Jones also holds the four highest honors in the music industry:
Country Music Hall of Fame - 1992 Inductee
Kennedy Center Honors - 2008 Honoree
National Medal of Arts - 2002 White House Ceremony
Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award (highest honor for artistic excellence) 2012
|Over the years dozens of songs mention George Jones in the lyrics.
Here is a line from one such song; can you fill in the blank?
"I remember circling the __________, pulling up and turning down George Jones"
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drive in. Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" was a number one hit on July 4, 1991 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Country Songs. George's vocals can be heard at the end of the song.
A few other songs referencing George Jones in the lyrics are:
Hank Williams, Jr. - "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down"
Alan Jackson - "Don't Rock The Jukebox" and "Just Playin' Possum"
Alan Jackson and George Strait - "Murder on Music Row"
The Judds - "Have Mercy"
Frank Sinatra. I too, would have chosen Frank Sinatra.
Garth Brooks: "The greatest voice ever to sing country music."
Vince Gill: "You can't define the ache that's in George's voice. It's just something inherently him."
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones: "George Jones is a national treasure and should be treated accordingly."
James Taylor: "He sounds like a steel guitar, George doesn't sound like he was influenced by any other singer."
Waylon Jennings: "If we all could sound the way we wanted, we'd all sound like George Jones."
Roy Acuff: "I would give anything if I could sing like George Jones."
Emmylou Harris: "He has a remarkable voice that flows out of him effortlessly and quietly, but with an edge that comes from the stormy part of the heart. In the South, we call it high lonesome. I think it's popularly called soul."
Peter Cooper, Music Columnist for the Tennessean: "Jones told me once that he'd rather sing a sad song than eat." (article dated 9/12/11).
|Following his 1999 car crash near his Nashville home, Jones recorded a powerful ballad receiving a nomination for 1999 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association.
Do you recall what song this was?||The Greatest Country Music Vocalist - George Jones
Choices. Due to the CMA's refusal to allow George to sing the entire song during the broadcast, he turned down the invitation to perform that evening.
During Alan Jackson's performance, he motioned to his band then proceeded to play a portion of "Choices", resulting in a standing ovation.
"Choices", released May 1999 from the album Cold Hard Truth, won a Grammy for Jones, Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
|Throughout his second and third marriage, George struggled with alcoholism and then the use of cocaine. These destructive ways led to the 'no show Jones' name given by irate fans, after failing to appear for numerous scheduled performances.
Down and out and often broke; did Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings come to George's financial aid?||The Greatest Country Music Vocalist - George Jones
T. Yes, self-admitted by George, Johnny and Waylon did help him through these rough times.
A show manager encouraged cocaine upon the exhausted singer, in order to get him up on stage to fulfill that evening's commitment.
George entered an Alabama psychiatric hospital in the late 1970s to kick the bad habits. He needed to re-enter seven times.
A 1999 car accident seriously injuring the singer, became the turning point for George to quit drinking for good (a pint of vodka was in his possession).
He credits his 1983 marriage to Nancy Sepulveda as a great source of strength.
Also, Jones underwent open-heart surgery for a triple by-pass in 1994.
|Speaking of Tammy Wynette, her marriage to George Jones lasted from February 1969 thru March 1975. Soon after their marriage, they purchased a home in Florida; this home had a nickname.
From the following choices, can you identify the correct Florida town and nickname for the home George and Tammy shared? ||The Greatest Country Music Vocalist - George Jones
Lakeland, Old Plantation. This sixteen-room home located in Polk County, Florida, is situated on almost seven acres of land and includes a guitar shaped in-ground pool.
The Jones' built a small scale music park for guests which often included Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn and others, all performing at various parties the Jones' were known for.
This home inspired the songs "The Grand Tour" and "Two-Story House", a Jones/Wynette duet.
nickels. From Alan Mercer's article dated March 11, 2012 recapping his February 2012 interview with George Jones in Los Angeles, where George was receiving his Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award:
"When the family moved to Beaumont, he played guitar in the streets for nickels."
George eventually became good enough to earn himself air time at local radio stations, leaving home in his mid-teens for Jasper, TX, then in Beaumont, TX, where he got the chance to meet and play guitar for Hank Williams, Sr. who was in the studio promoting an upcoming show.
George's nickname, The Possum, originated from a radio station co-worker, citing his resemblance to the animal.
Saratoga, Vidor. Born September 12, 1931. At the age of seven, George quickly realized his interest in country music when his parents purchased a radio.
His father played guitar and his mother played piano. When George was nine years old he was given a guitar and encouraged to play.
George was raised in a poor family, the youngest of eight, one brother and five sisters; another sister died young from an illness.
|Let's end this quiz with the correct fill in the blank by all players - I know this is possible.
From 1985, the final line from this number three song is missing the last three words - what are they?
Yes, I wonder, who's gonna ____________________"||George Jones - Songs/Music - Part 1
fill their shoes. Jones sings this song about the country music legends who could never be replaced.
Some of those mentioned and now deceased are: Johnny Cash (d. 9/2003), Waylon Jennings (d. 2/2002), Conway Twitty (d. 6/1993), Marty Robbins (d. 12/1982), Lefty Frizzell (d. 7/1975), Hank Williams (d. 1/1953), Roy Acuff (d. 11/1992) Carl Perkins (d. 1/1998).
High-Tech Redneck. "He's a high-tech redneck
Mayberry meets Startrek
He's a bumpkin' but he's plugged in
He's a high-tech redneck"
Number 24 on the Billboard's Hot Country Singles in 1993, "High-Tech Redneck" was the lead-off single from the same titled album.
This album, released November 1993 and going Gold in 1994, features Jones' cover of "Hello Darlin'", Conway Twitty's 1970 number one hit and signature song. Twitty passed away June of that year, five months prior to the album's release.
|George arrives "at the Quicksack for some beer and cigarettes", leaving a "brunette" waiting outside in his "Corvette".
In which song will you find these broken-up lyrics?||George Jones - Songs/Music - Part 1
The One I Loved Back Then. This upbeat/fun song from the "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" album, reached number three early in 1986, number two in Canada.
This song was written by Gary Gentry and produced by Billy Sherrill on Epic Records.
|The following verse belongs to a number one song from 1983 - what is the song's title?
"I've had two strikes against me
Most all of the time
And when it's down to just a phone call
I'm minus a dime"||George Jones - Songs/Music - Part 1
I Always Get Lucky With You. Also from the "Shine On" album and co-written by Merle Haggard, this ninth number one single for Jones spent a total of thirteen weeks on the Billboard's Hot Country Singles.
|Which word completes this line to a number three song from 1983?
"She won't be asked for autographs like all the movie stars
She won't wear Paris fashions or ride in ____________ cars"||George Jones - Songs/Music - Part 1
chauffeured. "Shine On (Shine All Your Sweet Love On Me)"
"Shine on, shine on,
Shine on though the world may never see
Oh my baby won't you, shine on, shine on,
Shine all your sweet love on me"
The song was composed by Bob Morrison and Johnny McRae and produced by Billy Sherrill on Epic Records, from the album "Shine On".
Still Doin' Time. "I've been living in hell with a bar for a cell
Still paying for my cheating crime"
"Still doin' time
In a honky tonk prison
Still doin' time
Where a man ain't forgiven"
"Still Doin' Time" released September 1981, was George's eighth number one single, one week at number one, ten weeks on Billboard's Hot Country Singles.