April 27, 2013 3:40 PM EDT
George Jones placed more records on the Billboard Country singles chart than any other artist, with 143 making the top-40, and 13 of those making it all the way to the top slot.
Sweet Baby James and The Possum -- it sounds like a children's book title. But when James Taylor and George Jones encountered each other musically during the late 70s, for Jones' hit version of Taylor's "Bartender Blues," it became one of the earliest and most successful rock-country collisions.
Longtime fan and friend Garth Brooks, who recorded a duet with George Jones in 2001 called "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" in 2001, shared his memories of the singer with Billboard this afternoon.
Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and other living legends of country music are taking George Jones' death hard, an unsurprising reaction to the loss of an artist who many, including Dolly Parton, call the finest singer of all time.
Tim McGraw is gearing up for his "Two Lanes Of Freedom" tour, which kicks off a week from today in Birmingham, Ala. At a press conference yesterday at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena following a rehearsal, the Big Machine recording artist said he couldn't wait for fans to hear what he's got in store for them.
It's happy hour at the Timothy Demonbreun House, a dignified Nashville mansion with historical significance, and as Pistol Annies knock back a couple after a long media day for new album "Annie Up," the ladies are very much enjoying each others' company as they make a little history of their own.