Country music may now officially be buried. George Jones has died.
Jones, arguably the most admired country singer of the past half century, died this morning (4/26) at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He had been hospitalized for the past eight days for heart and blood pressure issues. He had to cancel several shows in the past few months for health issues.
After service in the Marines native Texan Jones became a country singer -- many would say THE country singer. He gave the world novelty songs ("Her Name Is..." "The One I Loved Back Then [The Corvette Song]," "White Lightnin'"). He also gave the world some of the greatest heartbreak songs in history: "The Window Up Above," "Color of the Blues," and, of course, "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
We will miss him tremendously.
And we will never, EVER see the likes of this man again.
George Glenn Jones.
September 12, 1931 - April 26, 2013