This Day in Death

4.26.13: Country Music Legend George Jones – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 8:29 am April 29, 2013

GEORGE_JONESJones, seen here performing with fellow country star Tammy Wynette. Here’s a fun fact: In Nashville all divorce proceedings are legally required to be expressed via tearful duet.



Country legend George Jones has died of respiratory failure, and if that wasn’t enough of a downer, it also looks like Billy Ray Cyrus is gonna need a mullet amputation following his recent bout of Achy Breaky Peripheral Arterial Disease.

If you’re not familiar with Jones’ body of work, it probably either means you’ve got some sort of degenerative brain disease or you’re planning to go down with the ship on this whole dubstep thing (my condolences either way), because the man charted an almost comical 150-plus songs over the course of his career. I tell you; People bitched a blue streak about human decency in the 1950s when record companies started forcing musicians to literally perform in their sleep, but you can’t argue with those kinds of results. In fact, Jones charted more songs than any other musician in any genre, although that’s partially because I never finished my concept album about Alf. Look, I’m a perfectionist, it’ll be done when it’s done.

That Jones continued touring and recording until this month astonished and delighted fans who had seen him struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, multiple marriages and divorces, lawsuits over his erratic behavior, and brushes with death in motor vehicle accidents. His life became the stuff of country legend: Following a drinking binge during which his wife took his car keys so he couldn’t drive, Jones famously commandeered a motorized lawn mower and drove himself to the nearest liquor store.

Baller. I mean, you know… a shameful and serious problem that hurt the lives of Jones and his loved ones for decades, but also baller. Country singers used to be fearless about indulging their vices in hilariously inappropriate ways, but then everyone got all paranoid about TMZ hiding in their trash cans and cleaned up their acts. The longer Brad Paisley goes without getting into a drunken fistfight with a giraffe the harder it is for the rest of us to go on pretending that his music doesn’t suck. Honestly, it’s like he’s daring us to stop him at this point.


Source: LA Times

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