In 1999 George Jones made the decision to return his focus to the traditional country sound that defined his earlier work and made him a living legend with the album Cold Hard Truth. The result was an instant classic and a must have for any Jones record collection. Take a stroll with us down memory lane as we remember this killer release including Alan Jackson’s unforgettably defiant tribute during the CMA Awards.
VIDEO Alan Jackson’s breathtaking performance of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” at George Jones’ funeral
Thanks to the folks with the Grand Ole Opry, Alan Jackson’s breathtaking performance of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” that closed out the George Jones memorial is now viewable online. It was a moving tribute and an astonishing accomplishment as Jackson held it together for that song at that moment as he honored the memory of his hero and friend.
Country music lost one of its all time greatest performers earlier today when George Jones passed away at the age of 81 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Keep reading for the statement issued by his publicist as well as my personal heartfelt tribute to George with a selection of some of my favorite songs.