WHEELING ISLAND PRESENTS COUNTRY LEGEND GEORGE JONES
Jones performs live at Wheeling Island this Friday!
The legendary country musician George Jones will return to the Wheeling Island showroom on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 9pm for a live perform.
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the Wheeling Island Players Club box office. Reserved seating ticket prices are $45. $42.50 and $40.
Whether the times have favored honky tonk songs or lushly produced “pop” offerings, George Jones has continued to make his brand of country music, which has produced hits in every decade of the second half of the 20th century. In fact, Jones has had more charted singles than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.
As a kid, Jones sang for tips on the streets of nearby Beaumont. By age 24, he had been married twice, served in the marines and was veteran of the Texas honky circuit.
On a recording session in 1955 for Starday Records, producer Pappy Dailey suggested he quit singing like his idols, Lefty Frizell, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and try singing like George Jones. The result was “Why Baby Why,” his first Top Five hit.
At Starday, Jones made rockabilly records as Thumper Jones and had his first country #1 at Mercury Records in 1959 with “White Lightning.” In 1961, he hit #1 again with “Tender Years” and “She Thinks I Still Care,” which held the #1 spot of six weeks and led to Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1962 and again in 1963. Later in the ‘60s, on the Musicor label, his singles consistently hit the Top 10 and he hit #1 again in 1967 with “Walk Through This World With Me.”
Jones, the top male singer in country music, married country music’s hottest new female artist, Tammy Wynette in 1969. He soon joined Wynette’s label, Epic where he enjoyed a successful 20-year association with producer Billy Sherrill. He hit #1 in the ‘70s with “The Grand Tour” and “The Door,” both in 1974. His marriage to Wynette was stormy but in the recording studio they were the perfect duet partners, hitting #1 with “We’re Gonna Hold On” in 1974 and, coinciding with their 1976 divorce, “Golden Ring” and “Near You.”
Jones kicked off the 1980s with one of the all-time great country records, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which won him Single of the Year honors from CMA in 1980 and agin in 1981. He won virtually every award available for that song including the Grammy and the song remained #1 for 18 weeks. His hits continued throughout the decade and his video for “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” won the CMA’s Video of the Year award in 1986.
n 1991, Jones signed with MCA Records, an event MCA Nashville President Tony Brown said was “like singing Elvis.” In 1992 the CMA recognized Jones’ monumental career by inducting him into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1995, Jones and Tammy Wynette were reunited for a new CD entitled “One” and toured together for the first time in twenty years. Thankfully, George and Tammy had found friendship and peace in their relationship before the First Lady of Country Music unexpectedly passed away in 1998.
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