George Jones by : Bob Allen
George Jones's nearly 60-year recording and performing career has had a profound influence on modern country music and influenced a younger generation of singers; including Garth Brooks; Alan Jackson; Randy Travis; Tim McGraw; and Trace Adkins. As Merle Haggard said of Jones in Rolling Stone magazine; “His voice was like a Stradivarius violin: one of the greatest instruments ever made.”
Jones's saga is a larger-than-life tale of rags to riches and back to rags again. He was born into near poverty in a backwater patch of East Texas. His formal education ended early; by his early teens; he was singing on the streets of Beaumont; Texas; for tips. After beginning to record in the mid-1950s Jones became; by sheer dint of his vocal prowess; one of Nashville's most celebrated honky-tonk singers. But from the start; Jones's life; as often reflected in his music; was shaped by misdirection; chaos; turmoil; and emotional strife aggravated by a ferocious appetite for alcohol. Fame and adulation seemed to merely intensify his personal travails.
Jones's story has a relatively happy ending. With the help of fourth wife Nancy during the final decade and a half of his life; he got clean and sober; was feted as a much-revered elder statesman for the music; and; by most accounts; found peace of mind at long last.
| Media ||Softcover|
| Length x Width ||9 x 6 inches |
| Shipping Weight||2.70 pounds |
|East Coast Music Product Code ||ZHL122446|
| ISBN ||1480355828|
| EAN ||9781480355828|
| 1st Publication Date||02/2014|