RIP George Jones, and thank you for the music
April 26th, 2013
11:43 AM ET

RIP George Jones, and thank you for the music

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."

Filed under: Celebrities • Country • Music

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  1. Laura M.

    I grew up listening to George Jones. I still love him to this day. Country music today just isn't the same as it was in the 60's and 70's back then there was some great music and great performers. Now I listen to CD'S or the computer to classic country stations because a lot of today's country sounds more like rock then country.

    May 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    The Thursday Memorial will be carried live on 650 AM WSM (The Home of the Grand Ole Opry) starting at 10am (CT).

    April 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Martina Tomarcus

    its makes me so said that this man passed...a true talent....i salute you sir.

    April 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wally Woo

    Sad, makes me miss my mom

    April 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sharon Strobach

    George will be loved forever. He was one of my all time favorite country stars.I loved his music and have alot of his albums. Rest in Peace George!

    April 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Num Shattner

    i was so sorry to hear about george's death-the world will miss you while your gone but you will never be forgotton.

    April 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Take that Account Hoe

    love the movie..its so me...

    April 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Margaret

    No Matter what u do too her....she is always standing up and not a criminal hoe.

    April 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hey!

    unprofessionalism at its peek but stallone always gets up cuz he's going too back too wall street tomorrow morning

    April 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. I'm sorry you still had all that hatred--RIP George.

    April 28, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. pros for peace....she has too get rid of the hate


    April 28, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |


    April 28, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. U Tube---what u did was not brain surgery ---


    April 28, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Myrna Jo

    I loved George Jones with all my heart and soul, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. He played both kinds of music: country AND western. Not many people can say they do that.

    April 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John R

    I was surprised there was not more coverage on George's life when he died. When Cash died, it was all over the news with specials on the so called Country Music Televeision station etc. and other places and I taped most of them. I guess it shows how far down country music has gone the last 2 or 3 decades. The so called country music stations never play any country music today because there is none to play. They fill the airways with songs that all sound alike and no one is different than the rest. I liked it back in the day when people in country had talent and really stood for something and were easily identified by their music and voice instead of sounding like repeats of everyone else. I never listen to country music anymore on the radio. When I want to hear country music, I put on a CD, vinyl record or cassette tape of the Possum, Merle, Waylon, Cash or Tom T Hall. I will never change. Sorry to see real country music die out but it has been dying for a long time and soon it will be gone except on records and tapes.

    April 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. russ burczak

    RIP Possum! Watch the George Jones Tribute Video @

    April 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. pegason

    Your shoes can't be filled George. You are an icon of Country Music and I'll never stop loving you!

    April 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sokman

    Oohhh, George JONES... So I still have hope for getting my money back from having to sit through Pure Country? Whew, thought my $4 (it was the 90's & went to an afternoon matinee) would be gone forever. Bye George, thanks for the rocking chair. Now, other George, about my $4....

    April 27, 2013 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  19. Betty Carpenter

    His shoes cannot be filled! RIP ! Many memories you have left us. Thank you!
    Betty Carpenter
    Missing you already--Peace to your family.

    April 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. butch

    George: there will never be another you!

    April 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Harriet StJohn

    R.I.P. George Jones. I loved all his songs. He will be miss by everyone. God bless hie family and friends.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. connie

    RIP. George Jones..........The man who made country music what it is today.........He will me sadly missed, but never forgotten...........prayers for his wife and childre........

    April 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |


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  25. Vina

    I am truly heart broken-My favorite county singer of all time–I did get to see him live once and so very , very grateful–I have all his Cd's..Rest in peace George, you brought joy to many with your music–

    April 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Judy

    He was a great singer. I saw in person 1 time at Hanford Fox Theater and it was a great show. RIP George

    April 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. cjmar2k

    Great C&W singer... I could never get sober because I kept listenen' to Relief Is Just A Swallow Away

    April 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. don't care--

    george is the best

    April 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Mandy

    living in the projects we grew up on george strait–all i had was my tool and george.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • cjmar2k

      How does George Strait tie into the death of George Jones?

      April 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • big news

      what a talent.

      April 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • RANDY


      April 27, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  30. 15M

    saw him concert times....the world will miss you

    April 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Gibson

      Words will never express..............VOICE.....of..............VOICES.............RIp...

      April 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  31. your right --she's walking right towards us...

    rip george

    April 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Vernio

    Absolutely one of the best..."He Stopped Loving Her Today" – without a doubt, the GREATEST country song ever. RIP

    April 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Twitter Text From Bella Thorne

    sorry too see u go george

    April 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  34. mondrew

    I grew up in Jamaica listening to George. My library is full of great country singers, but George is the greatest! I'll miss you terribly George!

    April 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  35. see me sleep

    his memory will live on forever

    April 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. we know

    rip george

    April 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ed dugan

    there will never be another one like him. Was he the greatest of all time? Hard to say when you look at Hank and Willy but his almbu Two with Tammy was one of the best ever. They might have separated but their two voices will be married forever.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Stuck Sadey

    we must respect all the dead.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Can See Her Sleeping...

    not the boyfriend–3 lez

    April 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Sokman

    And what are these so-called consequences? I have nothing against George Strait, but in the grand scheme of things he's just one of thousands that died the same day, but because he was a celebrity we have to honor him? Blow your consequences out your ass

    April 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cara

      Me too. I loved when he was on the A Team with Mr T. Mr T was cool. He'd say: I pity the foo.

      April 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • gift50

      bye george what a great talent

      April 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Strait Clinton

      Sockpuppet, I am not dead. And GJ is still more famous than you. But you do have the rest of your life... to be a failure. What a drag!

      April 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. 23k she saw on the cawfee table..

    rip dear

    April 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Christine

    RIP George Jones. Your music is what made me love Country music. My mom and dad used to play good ol' traditional country in the house when I was growing up. I'm 46 years old now, but still love listening to your Greatest Hits CD! Thanks for the great memories.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Bob Lewis

    "With the blood from my body I could start my own still, if drinkin' don't kill me your memory will." I'm pouring two fingers in your honor and thanks so much, George!

    April 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Bob N. Ferapples

    I'll never forget that time he hosted SNL and played a Wisonsin cheese farmer with a lisp. That STILL cracks me up!

    April 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  45. KC

    Rest In Peace George. Tonight I'll play your songs and have drinks to your honor. I'm glad I kept my unused tickets to one of your concerts of April last year. They will stay at my desk. Sorry you got sick and had to cancel, we all understand.

    And thanks so much for continuing to perform for us right up to now. Most great performers will bow out and take it easy and enjoy the good life but you kept going-it shows just how much you loved the music and your fans. RIP.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Speeding Comments Mike

    April 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Daryl

    Purple rain, purple rain.
    Purple rain, purple rain.

    If you know what I'm singing about up here.
    C'mon raise your hand.

    Purple rain, purple rain.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    Wow… My friend Emily has just married to a handsome wealthy men
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    April 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      No. I didn't really. I'm Emily and he is just making up things about me.

      April 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Marcus

    Did he play "The Shriner's Convention" song? My grandpa loved it.

    April 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

    leopard shoes

    April 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Dan

    Webster got old.

    April 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  53. wire cut off date and time....heading to my other comp


    April 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  54. David W.

    We used to watch him on Saturday afternoons on Soul Train. He'd fill in sometimes when Don Cornelius was on vacation. All us brothers and sisters loved him. RIP Big Fro Daddy. Your Funkadellic Soul sounds will be missed. Peace Out.

    April 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Possum Fan

    RIP George you will be missed you were the godfather of Country Music and will be severly missed.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |

    date and time of disconnections...thanks

    April 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  57. BoDotTX

    R.I.P. George.
    From a 'Jones Country', TX. gal.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  58. bartender

    ooops, RIP, brother sir

    April 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. bartemder

    Bartender Blues, a bottle of jack, case of Lonestar, and all my other George Jones tunes, thats all Im doin tonight

    April 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Meh


    April 26, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |

    Keep it CIVIL people or pay the consequences. This is an innocent 81 year old dead guy we are reporting about here.

    April 26, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

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