Country legend George Jones died Friday at the age of 81. He died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He had been hospitalized since April 18 with both a fever and irregular blood pressure.
Jones, the man behind some of the most revered country songs, including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” remembered for his contributions to country music.
Fans of his in the River Valley said even though he’s gone, he’ll never be forgotten.
“He certainly made a lasting impression on the country music business,” State Senator Bruce Holland said. “There will never be another George Jones.”
Holland said he grew up listening to George Jones.
“You can feel the heartache and the sadness through that music,” Holland explained. “‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ just sends chills down people’s backs when they listen to him.”
“He sings what the people feel you know?,” James Young, who also loves listening to Jones’ music, said. “What they really understand. I think that’s a big thing.”
Country music legend Gene Watson worked with Jones for more than 25 years. He talked with 5NEWS over Facetime and said that without Jones, there is no country music.
“To me, George Jones kind of paved the way for traditional smooth country music,” Watson said. “There’s just not enough ways to give him credit for everything that he’s done for country music.”
“He did the real country music, not the type of country of music they’re putting out anymore these days,” Jerry Roller, another fan said.
“Nobody could sing it like George Jones could,” Holland said. :I think that’s a testament to how well he did his songs. That nobody would even attempt to do it better.”
Jones was scheduled to complete a tour this year in November with an All-Star Tribute in Nashville.