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George Jones
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    (September 12, 1931-April 26, 2013)
    Nickname is Possom
    Married to country singer Tammy Wynette (1969-75)
    Recorded 'Achin', Breakin' Heart,' 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,' 'White Lightning,' 'Window Up Above,' 'She Thinks I Still Care,' 'The Grand Tour,' 'Why, Baby, Why,' 'A Picture of Me Without You,' 'Good Year For The Roses,' 'The Race Is On,' 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes' and 'Choices'
    Duets with Wynette include 'Two Story House,' 'The Ceremony,' 'We Can Make It,' 'Loving You Could Never Be Better,' 'Golden Ring,' 'Near You' and 'We're Gonna Hold On'
    Elected to the Country Music Association's Hall of Fame (1992)
    Published the 1996 autobiography, 'I Lived to Tell It All'
    Owned George Jones Foods, makers of country style breakfast sausage, hamburger patties, marinades, barbecue sauces and his own Tennessee sipping water (George Jones White Lightning)
    He was thrice divorced, including Tammy Wynette who couldn't 'stand by her man.'
    He had a history of alcoholism and became addicted to cocaine.
    In the 1970s, he would disappear for days at a time and missed so many concerts he was given the nickname 'No-Show Jones.'
    Frank Sinatra once called him 'the second best white male singer.'
    His fourth wife Nancy accepted his 1993 Country Music Association award as he was on the toilet when his name was read.
    He nearly killed himself driving drunk into a bridge (March 6, 1999).
    He charted over 160 singles, more than any artist of any music format.
    He felt the 1980 song 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' was 'too damn sad' to be a hit, but it has been voted on some country music polls as the best country song ever recorded.
    He has two platinum and five gold albums.
    He was voted Billboard magazine's 'Most Promising New Country Vocalist' (1956) and 'Male Vocalist Of The Year' (1962 & 1963).
    He was the Country Music Association 'Male Vocalist Of The Year' (1980 & 1981).
    Many stars list him as a musical influence, including Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Mark Chesnutt, Mickey Gilley and ZZ Top.
    President George W. Bush awarded him the U.S. National Medal of Arts (2002).

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