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George Jones, R.I.P.: The Legacy of Country’s Greatest Voice in 15 Tracks

The hits, deep cuts, and tracks that couldn't have existed without the Possum

By: Keith Harris // April 27, 2013

Universally acknowledged as country music’s greatest singer as well as its most enigmatic n’er-do-well, George Glenn Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, in 1931, and went on to record and perform for more than six decades. When Jones died this past Friday at the age of 81, he left a throne with no heir. Such was his talent, that few living country vocalists — save, say, Merle Haggard or Dolly Parton — even rate a mention in the same conversation. Let’s take a look back at the hits, lesser-known gems, and other songs that owe him gratitude to grasp Jones’ unmatched impact.