Over the weekend following the passing of George Jones, the singer's voice could be heard all around classic country circles. Nowhere was the loss of Jones more evident than a stage where he had been a member since 1969: the Grand Ole Opry.
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.