April 26th, 2013
11:43 AM ET
George Jones created memories.
From his first No. 1, "White Lightning," to his singles with Tammy Wynette, CNN commenters recall Jones' music as a soundtrack for the good and the bad times.
As the world learns of the country legend's death at 81 on Friday, those memories his music helped build are standing out for fans.
"Spent months holed up in a one bedroom apartment with 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' on repeat when my first marriage fell apart," said commenter Michael Davis.
"He was such a part of my growing up (my mom loved his music)," added Lissa. "This makes my heart a bit heavy today."
Commenter Duane A. Donecker, too, has "great memories of my family doing things together with [Jones'] music in the background ... Your music will never die."
"George Jones was such a part of my childhood," said Txgal1963. "My mom and dad listened to his music on the eight-track tape player in our station wagon. Rest in peace, George Jones! I know what I'll be playing on Pandora today!"
That reader wasn't alone, as many others chimed in to say that they'll be remembering Jones through the sounds created throughout his influential career.
For many country listeners, Jones personified what the genre is all about.
"Not American. Didn't grow up in America. Just came here from England about 7 years ago," said commenter Colin J. Morgan. "When I wanted to learn about country music (such an American thing!), this man was on the top of every single list new friends gave me, when it came to whom I should start listening to first. Fantastic voice full of raw emotion. RIP."
As commenter Bobby Williston said, "No one's gonna fill his shoes."
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