Born in 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, Grand Ole Opry member George Jones heard country music for the first time when he was seven years old and his parents bought him a radio. He was gifted a guitar two years later and, soon after, Jones was entertaining for money on the streets of Beaumont. At sixteen, he moved to Jasper, Texas, where he sang and played on the radio before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. After his discharge, his musical career took off. In 1956, he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Jones’ long line of hits began in 1955 with the Number Four single “Why Baby Why.” It was followed by two consecutive Number Sevens and a Number Three, “What Am I Worth,” “You Gotta Be My Baby” and “Just One More.” Down the road, he released fourteen Number One hits and several Top 10s. His Number Ones include “White Lightning,” “Tender Years,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “Walk through This World with Me,” “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
Along with becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jones has a long list of achievements to his name. He has been inducted into the Walkway of the Stars at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He has also won several Cash Box awards, a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance two times as well as a Grammy Hall of Fame Award two times. He has been recognized as Number Three on the 40 Greatest Men of Country Music, has been gifted the key to the city of Corpus Christi, Texas and has won many Male Vocalist of the Year awards.
Jones has also worked with musicians like Dan Schafer, Hank Singer, Johnny Paycheck, Brittany Allyn, Sonny Curtis, Ron Gaddis, Kent Goodson, Bobby Burkhead and Steve Hinson.
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