Remembering George Jones
I was so sad this morning when I learned of the passing of "The Possum" George Jones. George led a colorful life, to say the least. He loved his country music, and many say he was the greatest country singer that ever lived. I have listened to George Jones from before I played his music on the radio, and I've got to say, it's an honor the pay tribute to George Jones this afternoon from 5-6 p.m. with all George Jones songs.
I've met George several times in my career, and I've emceed many of his shows but I've been friends with many people who were close to George that included musicians, front men, to roadies.
I remember one story that I was told about when George was building a new home in Vidor, Texas. His friend, country singer Webb Pearce had a guitar-shaped swimming pool built at his home in Nashville, and George was a little jealous but did not want to duplicate the Nashville pool. So he instructed his builders to inlay a huge tile guitar at the bottom of his new pool. After passing out the particulars of construction of the new pool, he gets on the bus to go on a multi-city tour.
Upon arriving home after several weeks on the road George goes straight back to where his new pool was built to see his beautiful tile guitar. Instead, he saw at one corner of the deep end of the pool, what looked like a small kid's ukulele at the bottom of the pool. Nothing like he wanted. George was livid to say the least, and I guess if that house and pool are still around, George's little tiny tile guitar is still down there. The great George Jones will be missed, but thank you George for all the wonderful music you left with us.