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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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.

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  • Guest654654

    Well written sir! =)

  • Vog46

    I am not a huge country music fan.
    But each genre of music has their old timey stars and, if they’re lucky they have some signature songs that have withstood the test of time.
    “He stopped loving her today” was THAT song for George Jones.

    All music seems just a little off key today with his passing


  • Guest Timekeeper

    Have enjoyed listening to George Jones for many years. I have even played some of his hit songs while I was actively playing in a country band. He will be missed.

  • RIP Possum! Watch the George Jones Tribute Video @ http://countrymusicsongs.co/george-jones-dies/.


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