Turbulent Country Superstar George Jones Dead at 81


Country music had many stars but since the 1950s there was only one George Jones. He had numerous hits throughout the decades, but he also became known for his binge drinking and violent rages.

Jones died today at age 81 in Nashville, where he was hospitalized last week with a fever and what doctors call irregular blood pressure.

In 1962, Jones recorded one of his signature songs, She Thinks I Still Care.

He received many awards during his career, including a member of the 1992 Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ed Salamon, the programmer at WHN in the 1970s, who just wrote a book to commemorate 40 years since the station’s flip to Country, recalls a unique memory of Jones.

“In the book I tell the story of how WHN had promoted a live broadcast with George Jones from the Bottom Line and he climbed out of their bathroom window to avoid doing the show,” Salamon tells Tuned In.

Jones was also famous for his marriages, especially the six-year union with Tammy Wynette.

The legendary singer was selected as a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008. Last year, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.

Salamon says Jones was a fan favorite on the WHN playlist.

“He was guest DJ and did live concert broadcasts on [the station],” Salamon says.

Jones became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956.

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