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Grand Ole Opry Member Spotlight: George Jones

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Often argued to be the greatest country music singer of all time, the Texas native George Jones still brings his legendary voice to regular appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. Known around the Opry as "The Possum," George's success in the country music world is difficult to rival. Career highlights include membership with the Opry, being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, winning CMA awards too numerous to list, and being awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence, in a ceremony at the White House.

Background and Early Career

  • Raised by an alcoholic father and a very patient mother, George started his career as a child singing for tips on the street. After serving in Korea, he cut his first record in 1954. By 1955, George's songs were climbing the charts. He hit No. 1 in 1959 with his single "White Lightning."
  • Though once known as No Show Jones due to him missing more than 50 concerts in 1976 because of his struggle with alcohol addiction, George has not had any incidences with his drinking since he was convicted of impaired driving in 1999. He continues to headline over 100 live dates a year.

Grand Ole Opry Induction

  • Inducted January 4, 1969, George actually celebrated his 71rst birthday at the Opry.

George Jones at the Opry

  • Want to know when you can see this legend at the Opry? He still makes regular appearances, so be sure to visit the VME Grand Ole Opry Blog for a schedule of upcoming performances.

Notable Hits You Might Hear at the Grand Ole Opry

  • "The Grand Tour"
  • "The Door"
  • "Why, Baby, Why"
  • "The Window Up Above"
  • "She Thinks I Still Care"
  • "The Race Is On" 
  •  "Walk Through This World With Me."
  • "White Lightening"
  • "Whose Gonna Fill Their Shoes"
  • "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
  • "Choices"
  • "Tender Years"

More Details

  • George Jones has had hit records in every decade of the second half of the 20th century. He is so revered that when the CMA Awards Show wouldn't't let him perform a complete version of his song "Choices," George declined to sing any of it, but Alan Jackson added a few lines of the song to his own performance that night.
  • His recording of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is one of the greatest country records of all time (some argue it to be the greatest ever). George Jones' status as a legend was solidified with the release of his biography that hit #6 on the New York Times Bestseller List in 1996. The question is, "Whose Gonna Fill [His] Shoes?"
  • See the complete list of current Grand Ole Opry members!
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This is well worth the day. You may go at your own pace, great for school age kids because their are touch screen computers, kids can pull up records, look at the old or new record label,and listen to a little diddy, i took my kindergartner and he had a blast. Not engaging enough for kids under 5, even though i took a 4 and 2 year old as well. I recommend when you come out you go around the corner and eat lunch at jacks bbq!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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-- Kristin Heath - Olive Branch, MS
Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
My girlfriend and i had a wonderful time in nashville recently. We attended the grand ole opry and saw our favorite entertainers up close: (leann rimes, lorrie morgan, pam tillis and others). We shopped a lot in the malls and downtown shops, dined at some really fine restaurants, and visited the country music hall of fame. We attended the michael buble' concert, which was fantastic as we sat near the front of the stage. We slept very comfortably at the alexis inn and suites near the airport. My girlfriend's father, jack mallante, had performed with ernest tubb and barbara mandrell years ago, and we got lots of pictures of him and them and memorabalia. We had a wonderful time in nashville! Thank you, vacations made easy!
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-- Jerry Walters - Sevierville, TN
Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
Great show, great seats! Was kinda cool to be part of live radio broadcast. The only comment i would have is to plan how you're getting there from hotel. We took bus from town (very cheap), but bus let us off at mall. We didn't know where grand ol opry was located from there so we panicked a little til we found out it was just on other side of mall. There are some nice restaurants in mall so plan on getting there soon enough to enjoy dinner before the show. We also took backstage tour immediately after show & well worth it. Came out through gift shop, was shuttled to where taxis were parked and was back at hotel in town in no time. Cab was reasonable, too.
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-- Judith Kettering - North Huntingdon, PA
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