George Jones

United States Marine
Born Sep 12, 1931

George Glenn Jones is an American country music singer known for his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing, and his marriage to Tammy Wynette. Over the past 20 years, Jones has frequently been referred to as the greatest living country singer. Country music scholar Bill C.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George Jones.


1931 Birth George Glenn Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, and was raised in Colmesneil, Texas, with his brother and five sisters. … Read More


Born in Texas, Jones first heard country music when he was seven and was given a guitar at the age of nine. He married his first wife, Dorothy Bonvillion, in 1950, and was divorced in 1951. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old He was enlisted in the States Marines until his discharge in 1953. … Read More
He married Shirley Ann Corley in 1954. … Read More
1955 23 Years Old Jones' first hit came with "Why Baby Why" in 1955. … Read More
1956 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Jones was invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry in 1956.
1957 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Jones moved to Mercury in 1957.


1962 - 1966 2 More Events
1968 36 Years Old 1 More Event
His second marriage ended in divorce in 1968; he married fellow country music singer Tammy Wynette a year later. … Read More
1969 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Jones professed his love for Wynette on the spot and the couple were married in 1969. … Read More
1970 38 Years Old In October 1970, shortly after the birth of their only child Tamala Georgette, Jones was straitjacketed and committed to a padded cell at the Watson Clinic in Lakeland, Florida after a drunken bender; he was kept there to detoxify for ten days before being released with a prescription for Librium. … Read More
1971 39 Years Old In 1971, he began to record with Tammy Wynette (whom he had married in 1970). … Read More


1974 - 1978 3 More Events
…  Curiously, in her 1979 autobiography Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette claims the incident occurred while she was married to Jones, maintaining that she woke up at one o'clock in the morning to find her husband gone: "I got into the car and drove to the nearest bar 10 miles away. … Read More
…  When he finally played the Bottom Line in 1980, the New York Times called him "the finest, most riveting singer in country music."
1981 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Jones continued drinking and using cocaine, appearing at various awards shows to accept honors for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" arguably inebriated; like when he performed "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" with Barbara Mandrell at the 1981 Country Music Association Awards. … Read More


1983 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Jones managed to quit cocaine but went on a drunken rampage in Alabama in the fall of 1983 and was once again straitjacketed and committed to Hillcrest Psychiatric Hospital suffering from malnutrition and delusions. … Read More
1984 - 1985 2 More Events
1989 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Former president of Starday Records Don Pierce told director Mark Hall in 1989 another famous story about Jones after Pappy Daily bailed him out of the drunk tank and got him a gig in Houston for $2,500. … Read More
1990 58 Years Old In 1990, Jones released his last proper studio album on Epic, You Oughta Be Here With Me. … Read More
1991 59 Years Old His first album with MCA, And Along Came Jones, was released in 1991 and, backed by MCA's powerful promotion team and producer Kyle Lehning (who had produced a string of hit albums for Randy Travis), the album sold better than his previous one had. … Read More


1992 60 Years Old 1 More Event
His last album to have significant radio airplay was 1992's Walls Can Fall, which featured the novelty song "Finally Friday" and "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair," a testament to his continued vivaciousness in old age.
1996 - 1998 2 More Events
1999 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Jones most popular song in his later years was "Choices", the first single from his 1999 studio album Cold Hard Truth. … Read More
2003 71 Years Old 1 More Event
After the accident, Jones went on to release The Gospel Collection in 2003, which Billy Sherrill came out of retirement to produce.
2008 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, Jones received the Kennedy Center Honor along with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who, Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman and Twyla Tharp. … Read More
In 2012, Jones received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.
His final concert was held in Knoxville at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on April 6, 2013.
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