Remembering George Jones

American Icons, Featured Article, People
on April 26, 2013
George Jones
Michael Johnson George Jones warbled several tunes, concluding with his legendary hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” “It’s for my old buddy, Johnny Cash,” he said. “He was the best friend I ever had. He helped me in my hard times and gave me work, and I'll never forget him.”

George Jones, considered by many to be country music’s greatest all-time singer, died Friday, April 26, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. He was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Beaumont, Texas.

The country icon, who breezed by the 50-year milestone as a recording artist and continued to perform about 50 shows a year, has seen more than 150 of his singles hit the charts and won Grammy Awards for “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Choices.”

He has four children—two boys and two girls, one of whom came from his 1969-1975 marriage to singer Tammy Wynette. He also has two stepdaughters from his fourth and current wife, Nancy Sepulvado, whom he wed in 1983. Says the country legend, “I credit Nancy for saving my life. I am sure I wouldn’t still be here, and I certainly wouldn’t have a career anymore, if it wasn’t for her.”

Jones also produces and promotes his own line of sausage, barbecue sauce, marinade . . . and bottled water named after one of his biggest hits, “White Lightning.”

“The record business wants to cut us old guys out of the charts so I’ve just moved on to watching the food sales charts!,” Jones told American Profile in 2004.