George Jones, who passed away Friday April 26th, will be remembered for his lengthy music career. But his colorful past won't soon be forgotten either.

In 1966 Jones, who had been drunk for several days, took a ride on a lawn mower. Why? Because his wife at the time, Shirley Ann Corley, took away all the keys. But she forgot the ones to the mower. 'I can vaguely remember my anger at not being able to find keys to anything that moved,' Jones recalled in his autobiography I Lived To Tell It All. So when he saw the keys in the mower, he decided to ride it into town. What a sight that must have been.

Years later, Jones took the story and turned it into a song. 'I saw those blue lights flashin'/Over my left shoulder/He walked right up and said/"Get off that riding mower"/I said "Sir, let me explain/ Before you put me in the tank/She took my keys away/And now she won't drive me to drink.'

They say the best songs come from real life experiences and George Jones had a lot of experience in life and a lot of great songs. He will be missed.