Friday, April 26, 2013

The Possum Has Left the Building: George Jones (September 12, 1931 — April 26, 2013)

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM

George Jones, known as the Cadillac of Country Music because of his vocal range and nuanced phrasing, has died.

While looking back over past articles I stumbled across a piece I'd written prior to Jones' 1998 appearance at The Mid-South Fair. And while I may have overstated my point when I said he ignored Rock-and-Roll completely (some great Rockabilly cuts for Starday say otherwise), it's a fun read touching on the good, the bad, and the ridiculous. And I thought I'd share with other Possum fans.

Here's the link.

"She Thinks I Still Care" was written by Memphis songwriter Dickey Lee

No heartfelt tribute to the man can be free from all the lurid details. So here's a teaser excerpt:

"Once in an unfounded (and possibly coke-driven) fit of jealousy, he chased Porter Wagoner into the men’s room of the Grand Old Opry [and] grabbed Wagoner by the penis."

Yes, you read that correctly.

And while we're looking back and remembering, here's my perfect George Jones set list circa 2009.

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