George Jones – LIVE “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

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 as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in the history of country music. Country music scholar Bill C. 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.” Merle Haggard wrote in Rolling Stone magazine that “His voice was like a Stradivarius violin: one of the greatest instruments ever made.” During his life, Jones had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.

Jones was also infamous for his alcoholism, cocaine addiction, missed concert dates (which inspired the moniker “No Show Jones”) and general unmanageability. Jones’ alcoholism compromised his health and his marriages, including one to country singer Tammy Wynette. After his divorce from Wynette in 1975, Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvada. Jones died in 2013, aged 81, from hypoxic respiratory failure. He is interred at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.

Lycris

He said “I’ll love you till I die”,
She told him “You’ll forget in time”
As the years went slowly by,
She still preyed upon his mind
He kept her picture on his wall,
Went half-crazy now and then
He still loved her through it all,
Hoping she’d come back again
Kept some letters by his bed
Dated nineteen sixty-two
He had underlined in red
Every single “I love you”
I went to see him just today,
Oh but I didn’t see no tears
All dressed up to go away,
First time I’d seen him smile in years
He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today
You know, she came to see him one last time
Aww, and we all wondered if she would
And it kept runnin’ through my mind
“This time he’s over her for good”
He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today

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