George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

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George Jones

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died.

He was 81.

Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others.

In a career that lasted more than 50 years, “Possum” recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.

Organizations: The Associated Press, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Geographic location: NASHVILLE

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Recent comments

  • just thinking
    April 26, 2013 - 19:10

    he sang real country music .not like the garbage.they try to sing this day and age,rip george you will be missed.

  • sylvia hawboldt
    April 26, 2013 - 15:43

    He will be forever missed by soo many ,,just loved his singing ,,whos gonna fill his shoes???

  • chief wiggam
    April 26, 2013 - 14:06

    ....thats a big one to go... the old guard.