George Glenn Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas on September 12, 1931 and after serving a stint in the Marines decided on a career as a country singer. Nicknamed “The Possum”, George Jones has had more songs than any other singer on the country Hit Parade. Over a fifty year period he has landed on the country charts a total of 167 times.
In 1955 he had his first top 10 hit with “Why, Baby, Why,” and his first #1 country hit in 1959 with “White Lightning.” Since then George has dominated the country charts with a string of hits that included “Tender Years,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “The Grand Tour,” “The Door,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “I’ll Always Get Lucky With You,” “Still Doin’ Time,” “She’s My Rock,” “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” and “The Right Left Hand.”
With seven “Gold” and two “Platinum” albums, George Jones has dozens of “Gold” singles to his credit.
April 26, 2013 George Jones, 81, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in the country music capitol.
In his half century of stardom, George Jones has been country music’s “Male Vocalist of The Year” numerous times, a Grammy winner, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, given “The Pioneer Award” by The Academy of Country Music in 1993 and in recent years ranked #3 of the 40 greatest men in country music history according to Country Music Television. In 2009 George Jones was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.