Also from the pen of Bobby Braddock, while not technically the biggest chart hit Jones shared with Wynette, the staying power of this record goes without saying. Hitting number one in the late summer of 1976, you can – even today - go by any club in Nashville where a male and female performer are sharing the stage – and you just might hear this one.
Topping the charts in 1982, this song ties together three members of the Country Music Hall of Fame – Willie Nelson (the writer), Jones, and his duet partner – Merle Haggard. Jones and Haggard also enjoyed another top ten hit together, "C.C. Waterback."
Producer Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson penned this record for Jones, which served as one of his most dramatic performances. It hit number one in early 1975, becoming his last solo chart-topper before 1980's "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
She's My Rock
In the mid 1980s, Jones went through a brief phase where he covered other artists a bit more frequently. From that time period came this take on Brenda Lee's "He's My Rock." The spent three weeks at No. 2 on the chart in the fall of 1984, with many claiming that his inspiration in recording the song was his relationship with wife Nancy.
I'll Share My World With You
Ben Wilson penned this song of love for Jones, which spent two weeks at No. 2 in 1969.
When The Grass Grows Over Me
While it just missed the number one position on the singles chart, this record earned its' writer, Don Chapel, a CMA Song of the Year nomination in the fall of 1969. Interestingly enough, Chapel was the ex-husband of Tammy Wynette – who married Jones during the chart run of this song.
The Window Up Above
A No. 2 record for Jones from 1961, it was one of just a handful of his records that his name is listed as the sole writer. The song had another life in the 1970s, when Mickey Gilley took it to No. 1 in 1975.
Dean Dillon has written countless hits for the "other" George – Strait, but the prolific composer did give Jones one of his biggest hits of the 1980s, a No. 2 record from the fall of 1983 that was definitely one of the most original ways to say 'I love you.'
I'm Not Ready Yet
The follow up to "He Stopped Loving Her Today," Tom T Hall's lyrics helped to give Jones one of his best remembered songs, peaking at # 2 in the fall of 1980.
A Good Year For The Roses
In 1971, Jones took this Jerry Chesnut composition to No. 2 on the charts. It became the favorite of many a Jones fan, including Alan Jackson – who re-cut the song with Jones for 1994's "The Bradley Barn Sessions." Though the re-recording only made it to No. 56, it did earn the pair a TNN / Music City News Award in June 1995.