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Apr 26

Alan Jackson, Keith Urban & More Stars Remember George Jones

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Following the announcement of George Jones‘ death on Friday, April 26 in Nashville, many of George’s fellow country stars offered their thoughts. Visit our George Jones photo gallery for photos spanning his legendary career.

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

Alan Jackson released this statement: “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’ll 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.’”

Blake Shelton tweeted, “Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…”

“I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say ‘George Jones’,” said Barbara Mandrell in a statement. “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.”

Loretta Lynn said, “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.”

George Strait shared this memory: “The most special memory was when he gave me my medallion at the Hall of Fame Ceremony. He actually was the one that did the actual induction. And what a special night that was. We’re just gonna miss George so much. This came as a total shock to me. I didn’t even know that George was in the hospital. To the whole music industry, it’s gonna be a big void not having George out there. But you know, we’ve got his music — and that music will live forever. He did a lot of crazy things in his career and no matter how crazy he got, everybody still loved him because that’s just the kind of guy that George was. We’re just all gonna miss him. It’s a sad day for the music business, for sure.”

“My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed,” tweeted Brad Paisley. “To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don’t: discover him now.”

Brad also released this statement: “George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George.”

Dierks Bentley, who is still a member of George Jones’ fan club, said he’s “heartbroken,” and tweeted, “nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. real sad.”

Vince Gill
tweeted, “There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”

Little Big Town said, “There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones

“He had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered,” said Kenny Chesney. “You cant get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and that’s why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time.

“We were great friends, but it was really more like a father/son relationship,” added Kenny. “He even showed up in Lexington, Kentucky two years ago to surprise me onstage for my birthday… all the way from Nashville, to surprise me and sing ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ with me, which will be one of the greatest memories of my life.”

“When I was just staring out, and I was picked to open the George Jones/Tammy Wynette Reunion Tour, I thought I’d made it,” continued Kenny. “Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and Nancy had a plane, and they’d take me,” Chesney recalls. “I remember sitting there on that jet, thinking, ‘This can’t be happening…’ because he was George Jones, and I was some kid from nowhere…’ I’m sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream, and I never forgot it.”

Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles commented, “I’ll never forget the first time I heard the story in ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today. RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed.”

Rascal FlattsGary LeVox said, “He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”

Dolly Parton said, “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.”

Merle Haggard said, “The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”

Hank Williams, Jr., said, “Today is a sad day in Country music.  We have lost another piece of history.  George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend.  He will be missed by many.”

Randy Travis said, “I am very thankful I got to know George, he’s one of the greatest singers that ever lived.  I actually loved the man and really enjoyed the time I got to spend with he and Nancy.”

Kenny Rogers released this statement: “George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived.  He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal to the listener – I think more than anyone else.  He will be dearly missed, but always remembered.”

Lee Brice tweeted, “Country music lost a great one today! @gjpossum will be missed…”

Toby Keith tweeted, “George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he’d live forever. Let’s break out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family. – T

Tim McGraw tweeted, “Gone …… George Jones … he was country music.”

“We lost one of the best voices God created this morning.,” Faith Hill tweeted. “Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away…
…. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family.”

Jason Aldean tweeted, “So sad to hear abt the passing of George Jones. Country music has lost one of our pioneers & legendary icons. You will never be forgotten.”

Kix Brooks tweeted, “Possum, angels got a serious lead singer today – God bless Nancy his loving wife – what a guy- what a voice – that was one hell of a show!

Kacey Musgraves tweeted, “That angel choir just got a whole lot better this morning. #RIP #GeorgeJones

Eric Paslay said, “Thoughts and prayers to George Jones’ family. A true country legend. We’ll never stop loving you George!”

Easton Corbin tweeted, “What a sad day for country music. George Jones was one of my heroes.” Easton also released this statement: “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”

“I am shocked and saddened by George Jones’ passing,” said Josh Turner. “He was a top-notch country vocalist and taught me so much about what the voice can really do if you let it. He was a good man, he was passionate about country music, and made me want to be a better artist every time I listened to one of his records. Heaven got a little countrier today. We’ll miss you George!”

Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott took to Twitter to express her sadness at the passing of George Jones. “@HillaryScottLA: Saddened by the passing of George Jones Sending prayers up for his wife and family Country Music will never be the same.”

Luke Bryan tweeted, “George. You will be deeply missed. Thanks for the beautiful memories.”

THE Country Music singer of all time,” said Ricky Skaggs. “The words ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes’ has never been more true than today.”

Larry Gatlin said, “Years ago someone asked Coach Bum Phillips if Earl Campbell was in a class by himself.  Bum replied, ‘Well if he ain’t, it sure don’t take long to check roll.’  I say the same of the late great George Jones.  Rest in peace POSSUM.  You were always kind to me… THANKS.”

“George Jones has been a major part of my personal and professional life for a long time,” said Sammy Kershaw. “I have been inspired by his music for the last 50 years and for 42 of those, I had the pleasure of knowing him personally and professionally.  He was IT to me.  George was and will always be my guy.  I am luckier than a lot of people on this Earth because God let me be a part of George’s life and him a part of mine.  And on this day, his song couldn’t be more true: ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’”

“I met George when he came to Nashville and we became good friends,” said Mel Tillis.  I’m really going to miss him.  The world has lost the greatest singer to have ever lived.”

Lee Greenwood tweeted, “Blessed 2 have worked with heroes like Conway, Cash & @gjpossum. Their star burns so bright. When it goes out, there’s a void in our hearts.

The Band Perry tweeted, “Country music and the world lost a true legend today… Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed.

Martina McBride tweeted, “So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans.”

Ray Stevens said, “George Jones may be gone but his music will live on forever.  What a great voice and a great friend.”

John Rich tweeted, “Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some #georgejones dna in their blood and music. My God. We’ve lost our Elvis.”

“Country music as we know it would be vastly different if it weren’t for George Jones,” said Pam Tillis. “He’s in our musical DNA. All country artists will have to figure out how to even begin to live up to his kind of legacy. ‘Honky Tonk Heaven,’ here he comes… though we’re not ready to let go.”

Restless Heart released this statement: “The greatest most soulful voice in history is gone. RIP George Jones… the guys of Restless Heart will miss you greatly.”

“We met George many times over the past 50 years,” said Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band. “This is a terrible loss for his family, friends, the country music industry and the world.  He’s the most identifiable and inspirational country artist that has ever lived.

“George Jones was a mentor and a giant to my generation of country singers,” said Billy Dean. “He was there for my first Ralph Emery Show appearance. Backstage I was so nervous and expressed concern to George that if Ralph Emery didn’t like me, my career may never get off the ground. The first thing George said to Ralph when they went on air was how nice of guy he thought I was.  George Jones was our country music soul singer, no doubt. Who’s gonna fill those shoes?”

“There’s a huge emptiness in the music world today from the passing of our good friend George Jones,” Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys said. “But, the void is filled with the many memories that will be with us forever. We love you, George.”

The Oak Ridge Boys also tweeted, “We are devastated this morning … We have lost The Possum… Legend and Friend… RIP George Jones.”

The Bellamy Brothers said, “We’ve lost one of the greatest voices in history. Prayers and condolences to his family.”

“Sharing the same vocal booth with George Jones on ‘Traveller’s Prayer’ was without a doubt THE highlight of our career,” said Sweethearts of the Rodeo. “He was a true legend, generous and supportive and he will live on and on in our hearts.”

“I have no words to express my admiration and love for George Jones,” said Mark Chesnutt. 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.’”

“Country music lost an icon today and I have lost a dear and beloved friend,” said Lorrie Morgan. “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;’ he made country music history and, in my opinion, George Jones is a song’s best friend.  No one will leave an imprint on my life like George did.”

“The first 8-tracks that I owned were recordings by Conway Twitty and George Jones,” said Mark Wills. “Long before my career got started, I was at a concert (Travis Tritt‘s homecoming show) and George Jones performed.  I sat there and sang along to every word that George sang. A lady, who sat in front of me, turned around and said, ‘do you know George Jones’ music?’  When my reply was, ‘heck yeah,’ she introduced herself; it was his wife, Nancy.  Nancy brought me backstage that night to introduce me to George.  That was three years before I signed my record deal and we’ve remained friends and stayed in touch since then.  Right or wrong, in good times and in bad, people loved George Jones–he made an impression.  His music is his legacy and he will not only be remembered as the best country singer this world will ever know, but a great man that we all will truly miss.”

“Country music and the world will miss George Jones,” Collin Raye said. “He was someone who set a high standard in our industry for great music and lyrics that tapped into the emotions of the human heart at a very deep level.  His music has touched the lives of country music lovers for over five decades. My prayers are with his family and I pray for the repose of his soul.  May you rest in peace, brother.”

“I am just devastated by the news that George Jones has passed away!” Travis TrittTra said. “The music world has lost one of the most original and innovative talents that the world has ever known. I feel such a personal loss of not only one of the greatest vocal influences of my life, but also I’ve lost a dear friend. Visits with George have always been full of joy and laughter. Every time I would see him, George would always greet me with a funny story or a joke! His legacy will put his name at the top of the most influential artists in history, right along with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. His voice will be influencing singers 100 years from now and beyond! I’m reminded of the lyrics that Waylon wrote in the tune ‘It’s Alright.’ ‘If we all sang like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones!’”

TG Sheppard said, “I’m shocked and saddened at the passing of my friend and hero George Jones. I was honored to have toured and recorded with him. Our hearts go out to Nancy and the entire family. ‘Now I Wonder Who’s Gonna Fill his Shoes?’”

The Roys said, “Today is a dark for country music and music in general.  George had become a friend and mentor to us. We will always remember touring with him and how both he and Nancy were so welcoming to us.  Rest in peace George… No one will ever fill your shoes!”

Janie Fricke said, “George Jones was one of the most endearing, warm and friendly people I have ever had the privilege to meet. I have been lucky enough to work with George and Nancy and I am so blessed to have been a small part of their lives for a short time. While I am deeply saddened, I know his legend will live on.”

Charlie Monk, host on SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse, said “George Jones was country music. His idols were Roy Acuff and Hank Williams.  Google “Country Music” and  his face will show up. Nobody will fill those shoes.”


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