George Jones Dead at 81: Country Stars React
Country music artists and fans are reeling from the news that George Jones, arguably one of the greatest country singers of all time, died on Friday April 26. Born September 12, 1931, Jones is considered one of the most important and influential singers in the history of American popular music, and Nashville's biggest stars are taking the news hard.
Country stars like Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Faith Hill expressed their condolences to the entire Jones family, but especially to Nancy, his wife of 30 years. Although everyone has their own memories about Jones and his iconic list of hits, several country stars expressed their feelings that Jones was the greatest country music singer of all time.
Jones' left behind five decades worth of classic country hits, including ‘She Thinks I Still Care,’ ‘The Grand Tour,’ ‘Walk Through This World With Me,’ ‘Tender Years’ and ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’
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Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music – there’ll never be another.
— Alan Jackson (@OfficialJackson) April 26, 2013
My friend,the greatest singer of all time,has passed.To those who knew him,our lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now. — Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 26, 2013
If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!! -KU — Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 26, 2013
Gone ...... George Jones .....man he was country music
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) April 26, 2013
We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away...
— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) April 26, 2013
So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans. — Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) April 26, 2013
George Jones was my friend, and I loved him. Trace Adkins — TraceAdkins (@TraceAdkins) April 26, 2013
I'll never forget the first time I heard the story in "He Stopped Loving Her Today". RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed.
— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) April 26, 2013
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 26, 2013
George. You will be deeply missed.Thanks for the beautiful memories. — Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) April 26, 2013
It's sad to think most of what's considered the "country music world" today has no idea of the real talent we just lost. RIP George Jones — Josh Thompson (@TheJoshThompson) April 26, 2013
Country music and the world lost a true legend today… Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed.
— The Band Perry (@thebandperry) April 26, 2013