View the original article at: http://www.countryweekly.com/music/possum-facts-legend-george-jones
George was nearly as famous for the outsized stories that seemed to follow him as he was for his sterling voice. Here’s a few that came to define him.
After allegedly missing more than 50 shows due to alcohol and drug use, George earned the nickname “No Show Jones.”
It’s rumored that clubs, knowing this reputation, would put his name on the show bill without actually booking him in order to draw a crowd, but hoping patrons would dismiss his absence as typical erratic behavior.
The good-natured country star poked fun at his wayward behavior in the song “No Show Jones.”
George’s second wife, Shirley, would hide the keys to all of their cars so he couldn’t go buy more liquor, but still he found a way—the riding lawn-mower. When he was married to Tammy Wynette, the story repeated itself, only Tammy tracked him down at a bar where he had driven the mower 10 miles.
Nominated for Single of the Year at the 1999 CMA Awards, George boycotted the show when producers told him to shorten his nominated hit, “Choices.” A mild-mannered longtime pal of George’s, Alan Jackson, was so upset by the CMA’s mandate that as he neared the end of his performance of “Pop-a-Top,” his band stopped and he finished with “Choices” in a show of solidarity with the legend.
Early in his career, George recorded a handful of rockabilly tunes under the name “Thumper” Jones. He chose to go with an alias so that his real name wasn’t attached to a rock ’n’ roll project. Neither “Dadgum It How Come It” or “Rock It” had any chart success; however, 45s have been spotted on eBay.