Jones died in 2013, aged 81, from hypoxic respiratory failure.During his career, Jones had more than 150 hits, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.
In his autobiography I Lived To Tell It All, Jones explains that the early death of his sister Ethel spurred on his father's drinking problem and, by all accounts, George Washington Jones could be physically and emotionally abusive to his wife and children when he drank.
In the book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, Bob Allen recounts how George Sr.
would return home in the middle of the night with his cronies roaring drunk, wake up a terrified George Jr., and demand that he sing for them or face a beating.
In a CMT episode of Inside Fame dedicated to Jones' life, country music historian Robert K.
George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter who achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including his most well known song "He Stopped Loving Her Today", as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing.
For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer. Malone writes, "For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved." Waylon Jennings expressed a similar opinion in his song "It's Alright": "If we all could sound like we wanted to, we'd all sound like George Jones." The shape of his nose and facial features earned Jones the nickname "The Possum." 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. His second marriage ended in divorce in 1968; he married fellow country music singer Tammy Wynette a year later.He served in the United States Marine Corps until his discharge in 1953. In 1959, Jones released a cover version of "White Lightning" by J. Many years of alcoholism caused his health to deteriorate severely and led to his missing many performances, earning him the nickname "No Show Jones." After his divorce from Wynette in 1975, Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvado, in 1983 and became mostly sober.Oermann marveled, "You would think that it would make him not a singer, because it was so abusively thrust on him.But the opposite happened; he became a chronic singer.He became someone who had to sing." In the same program, Jones admitted that he remained ambivalent and resentful towards his father up until the day he died and observed in his autobiography "The Jones family makeup doesn't sit well with liquor... He drank to excess but never while working, and he probably was the hardest working man I've ever known." His father bought him his first guitar at age nine and he learned his first chords and songs at church and there are several photographs of a young George busking on the streets of Beaumont.