George Jones dies at 81

Country music legend George Jones

Country music legend George Jones

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“She Thinks I Still Care”

George Jones, one of the greatest country music singers of the last 40 years, died today in Nashville. His music was infused with hard-living and turmoil that matched his personal battles with alcohol and drug addiction. He could sing it all – honky tonk, beer soaked ballads of heartbreak and redemption, rockabilly and “countrypolitan” (think strings and cocktail piano songs). His life was a roller coaster of addiction and recovery – from drugs, booze, and women. His marriage (one of four) to Tammy Wynette was Nashville’s version of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton – with all of the drama and ridiculousness of a country tearjerker. Still, no one gave a more raw and human voice to the struggles of success, failure and recovery than George Jones. Rest in peace.

I’ve always been country and I always will be country…