Artists Reflect on George Jones’ Passing

“Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music—there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them . . . Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”
Alan Jackson

"I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say George Jones. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend."
Barbara Mandrell

“It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”
Loretta Lynn

"My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends."
Dolly Parton

"I am so saddened by the news of George Jones's passing. He was a wonderful friend and I will always treasure the times we had together. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire family. George left a tremendous mark on country music and inspired us all. I will miss him. God Bless you, George."
Tracy Lawrence

"Country music lost an icon today and I have lost a dear and beloved friend. With tear-filled eyes, I'm reminiscing this morning about all that I learned from and loved about George Jones. He was part of my 'country music education' and, in my opinion, a song's best friend. No one will leave an imprint on my life like George did."
Lorrie Morgan

I have no words to express my admiration and love for George Jones. To say he was my 'hero' does not do justice to the lifetime impression he made on me, both personally and professionally. George Jones is the foundation of country music and he's the reason I wanted to perform. He's the reason I'm still here in this business . . . out there on the road. He was my mentor and my teacher; George was my friend. He paved the way for so many and I was one of the lucky ones to have enjoyed the opportunity to not only sing beside him, but just 'sit and visit' with him. When I was just starting out, we toured together; he was the headliner. After a few shows, he told me that I was going to close the shows (because he wanted to watch Andy Griffith). For a newcomer, it was intimidating to open for him; there was even more pressure to close for him. George gave me strength and encouragement; he kept telling me, "You can do it, son." George Jones is the Father of Country. We will all miss his voice, and I will miss his voice to call me 'son.'"
Mark Chesnutt

My producer, Billy Sherrill, was the one who put me on George's duet album. I remember the show in Goshen, Ind., when he pulled me up on stage to sing a few while he took a break! That one song turned into 20 minutes on his stage, his show. I also remember the Ohio fair when Tammy cancelled and they flew us in to replace her part.  George had me sing "Golden Ring," and I was thankful the floor monitor showed the lyrics to help me through. And I remember our tour in Europe, singing in six countries, and how I got to visit with George and Nancy, and how thrilled I was to be a part of it. Those, and many others, are the precious memories I will have forever. —Janie Fricke

"If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!"
Keith Urban


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