The elastic Texas voice of George Jones expressed heartbreak so well that he became the most imitated singer in country music. George Jones died on Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hospitalized April 18 with irregular blood pressure. He was 81 years old.
Hank Williams has set the path country music and Johnny Cash helped it gain popularity, but it was Jones who really defined the genre with his ultimate voice. Jones career spanned over 50 years, including the No. 1 singles “White Lightning”, “She Thinks I Still Care” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. Jones influenced the coming generations of country singers and was considered by many as the all time greatest singer from the genre.
Jones’ in his life is also known to have bravely fought legendary battles with substance abuse, mostly alcohol, and four marriages. Jones tied the knot with one of his fellow singer Tammy Wynette, while his last and longest wife was Nancy Sepulvado.