1. George Jones: An Appreciation By Brad Paisley

    May 03, 2013 5:50 PM EDT "The Possum" took every setback life threw at him and turned it into music I grew up a huge fan of George Jones. I was familiar with the legends, the hard-luck stories, the accounts of missed gigs and drunken riding-mower notoriety. I was mesmerized by his voice, like almost…

  2. George Jones Funeral: Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Kid Rock, Laura Bush and More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 2:08 PM EDT George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funeral has turned out to be a farewell fit for a…

  3. George Jones Album Sales Increase 1,000% Following Death

    May 01, 2013 6:03 PM EDT The late country icon George Jones is remembered on the Billboard charts this week, following his his death on April 26. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on April 28, Billboard's new sales charts reflect only three days since Jones' passing. (SoundScan…

  4. George Jones Honored at Stagecoach, Grand Ole Opry and All Around Nashville

    April 29, 2013 11:50 AM EDT A single candle was lit at Nashville's Ernest Tubb Record Shop, where only a handful of Jones CDs remained on the shelves 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…

  5. Grand Ole Opry to Host Public Funeral for George Jones

    April 29, 2013 12:28 AM EDT George Jones’ funeral will take place Thursday, May 2 at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee – and it will be open to the public. "George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," explains his…

  6. George Jones' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    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. We've compiled a list of his top 20 songs, ranked by overall chart performance and based on chart…

  7. James Taylor Remembers George Jones and Their 'Bartender's Blues' -- 'It Was Like Life Imitates Art'

    April 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT "It's sort of an amazing turn of events that he would cover a song that had been so much informed by him in the first place," Taylor says of their late-70s hit Sweet Baby James and The Possum -- it sounds like a children's book title. But when James Taylor and George…

  8. Garth Brooks on Getting Out-Sung By George Jones: 'It Was an Honor to Get My Ass Kicked That Day'

    April 26, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Brooks talks fondly of recording "Beer Run" with Jones in 2001 George Jones, considered by many to be the greatest country singer of all time, died Friday morning at the age of 81. Longtime fan and friend Garth Brooks, who recorded a duet with Jones in 2001 called "…

  9. Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Other Hall of Famers Mourn George Jones

    April 26, 2013 3:56 PM EDT PHOTOS: Remembering The Possum • George Jones Dead at 81 • The King of Country Charts • Stars React on Twitter • Jones' Billboard Interview Loretta Lynn , Merle Haggard and other living legends of country music are taking George Jones' death hard, an unsurprising reaction to the…

  10. George Jones: The Billboard Interview (2006)

    April 26, 2013 11:50 AM EDT Music legend George Jones passed away in Nashville today at age 81. In this exclusive 2006 interview with Billboard, the country icon talked about his humble beginnings and his road to becoming one of the genre's most cherished voices. The world's greatest country singer lives…

  11. George Jones Was King of the Country Charts

    April 26, 2013 11:05 AM EDT From the time his second single became his first chart entry in October 1955 until his final appearance on Billboard's Hot Country Songs as a featured artist on Aaron Lewis' "Country Boy" two years ago, George Jones distinguished himself as a peerless chart force with…

  12. George Jones, Country Music Icon, Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:27 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones entered the hospital on April 18 with fever and…

  13. George Jones on Final Tour, Album: 'It Is a Little Bittersweet'

    January 24, 2013 3:51 PM EST Country icon begins "The Grand Tour" on Feb. 2, is working with Dolly Parton on a final album: "I'm just waiting for her to tell me what to sing and when to sing it!" Over the past six decades, George Jones has performed to countless fans. On February 2 in Tunica,…

  14. 615 Picks: 10 Artists to Watch in 2013

    January 08, 2013 12:45 PM EST Expect great things from new or emerging artists in the country and Americana worlds in 2013. Here's the 615's picks for ten artists to keep a keen eye on, from the Brooklyn-based Americana band the Lone Bellow to a new album from Pistol Annies star Ashley Monroe to the throwback…

  15. Patti Page, Country Music Icon, Dead at 85

    January 02, 2013 3:15 PM EST Patti Page, the "Singing Rage" who stumbled across "Tennessee Waltz" and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever, has died. She was 85. Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., according to publicist Schatzi Hageman. Page was the top-selling female…

  16. Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens Rarities Get Release

    December 18, 2012 6:00 PM EST Fans of classic country music will be excited to learn of a new series of releases from Omnivore Recordings that will take them back in time a few years. The company recently released four vinyl EP's from four of the format's greatest stars of all time. Included in the list are…

  17. Sammy Kershaw Fast-Tracks His Second Christmas Album

    November 18, 2012 8:00 AM EST Sammy Kershaw is no stranger to the world of holiday music. The country music favorite's 1994 platter "Christmas Time's A Comin'" (which featured the classic "Daddy Stuff") remains a favorite. Kershaw has just released a second Yuletide-themed collection, …

  18. George Jones Falls Ill, Cancels Concerts

    November 01, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Casinos in Minnesota and South Dakota are saying legendary country singer George Jones has fallen ill and has canceled or postponed concerts scheduled for this weekend. Jones was scheduled to perform Friday at the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen, Minn., and the…

  19. Johnny Cash Music Festival Aims to Restore Icon's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2012 5:35 PM EDT The Johnny Cash Music Festival hits Jonesboro, Arkansas on Friday, October 5. With a lineup of Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley , and the Civil Wars, executive producer Bill Carter tells Billboard that assembling talent for the festival, hosted by Arkansas State University, has…

  20. George Jones' 'Grand Tour' Will Be His Last

    August 14, 2012 3:55 PM EDT Country Icon to Retire Following 2013 Tour; Confirms He's Working on Music With Dolly Parton Country music legend George Jones has announced he'll retire from the road after next year to spend more time with his family. "The Grand Tour" will visit approximately 60 cities…

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