Wade Jessen

The Billboard Cover Story: George Jones - On the Charts

The Billboard Cover Story: George Jones - On the Charts

From his first chart entry with "Why Baby Why" 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 force with 166 charted songs-Eddy Arnold has the second-most with 144. Jones has the third-most top 10s (78), outpaced only by Arnold's 92 and George Strait's 85
George Jones Radio Airplay Soars in the Hours After His Death

George Jones Radio Airplay Soars in the Hours After His Death

Although written as a chilling tragedy ballad with a surprise ending, the chorus of George Jones’ 1989 hit “Radio Lover” could conversely be interpreted as posthumous consolation for the legions of fans he left grieving in the wake of his death on Friday. As news of Jones’ passing hit the nation’s airwaves, personalities and programmers interrupted scheduled programming in short and long forms, ranging from continuous tribute coverage at country music’s mother station WSM-AM Nashville, to brief but powerful montage tributes at current-driven mainstream stations.

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