Jones, George Glenn

Jones, George Glenn, 1931–2013, American country music singer and guitarist, b. Saratoga, Tex. Influenced by Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, he began recording in 1954; among his early hits were Why Baby Why (1955) and White Lightning (1959). His heavy drinking led him to miss shows, earning him the nickname No-Show Jones, but he continued score hits with Tender Years (1961), She Thinks I Still Care (1962), The Race Is On (1964), and other songs. Married (1969–75) to Tammy Wynette , he recorded We're Gonna Hold On (1973), Golden Ring (1976), and other duets with her; their hit Two Story House was on the album Together Again (1980). In the late 1970s his drinking and drug use accelerated but his popularity was undiminished; his hits included He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980). Jones, who recorded more than 100 albums, continued to work into the 21st cent.; I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair (1992) was among his later hits.

See his autobiography (1996).

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