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PostSubject: George Jones   Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:08 pm

Not sure if many Gaslight fans like George Jones--he was pure country before Alt-Country was in vogue.



George Jones has long been the consensus pick for country music’s greatest ever singer. No less a country legend than Roy Acuff, whose tearful, gulping singing had been a major building block of Jones’s own style, once allowed, “I would give anything if I could sing like George Jones.” Waylon Jennings said, “If we could all sound like we wanted to, we’d sound like George Jones.” Through the years a who’s who of country stars—Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, countless more—have in one way or another endorsed the sentiment. Like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash (and Merle Haggard, who recorded fine duet albums with Jones in 1982 and again in 2006), Jones has become a modern symbol of old-school country-ness itself. “Don’t rock the jukebox,” Alan Jackson, among his chief contemporary disciples, shouts to the world. “I want to hear some Jones.”

What Jones made sure we heard in his recordings was emotional presence. Singing open-throated but clench-jawed, he sounded restrained and melodramatic, could come off soothing and terrifying, all at once. He sang with deep-down wisdom of just how lowdown it can feel to be a damn fool. Listen to him, for example, on the 1960 hit “Window up Above.” He informs his wife in the song, one of a handful of self-penned classics from early in his career, that he’s seen her kissing her lover in front of the house. “You must have thought that I was sleepin’,” he tells her bitterly. “And I wish that I had been,” he adds, making those seven simple words sound like a suicide note, like a noose he can’t slip around his own neck fast enough. He was a slave to each song’s particular passion just like that. His approach to singing, he told me once, was to call up those memories and feelings of his own that most closely corresponded to those being felt by the character in whatever song he was performing. He was a kind of singing method actor, creating an illusion of the real.

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PostSubject: Re: George Jones   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:00 am

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PostSubject: Re: George Jones   Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:32 am

And even non-country singers appreciated him -- none other than Frank Sinatra called him "the second best white singer in America." (No prizes for guessing first place)

What they loved was that rarest of combinations: a seamless voice -- no change of tone and timbre between low and high registers -- exquisite phrasing, and enough soul to rival Ray Charles and Otis Redding.
I believe, though, that there is also a case to be made that Jones was the greatest American popular singer ever recorded.


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PostSubject: Re: George Jones   Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:18 pm

Charlie Daniels nailed it: with George Jones it was a God given natural talent that affected his phrasing, his pronunciation and the melancholy timbre of a voice that had a quality that touched the solemn emotions hidden deep inside all of us.

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PostSubject: Re: George Jones   Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:03 am

Ive never listened to a lot of his music but the songs I have heard I liked. This was my favourite

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PostSubject: Re: George Jones   Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:55 pm

Jerseyrain wrote:
Ive never listened to a lot of his music but the songs I have heard I liked. This was my favourite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLMieBtspA8

That's a tear-jerker.

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PostSubject: Re: George Jones   Thu May 02, 2013 1:12 pm

Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney and others sang at his funeral today

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PostSubject: Re: George Jones   Tue May 07, 2013 7:30 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF-XTP6VZ9E

This and "The Grand Tour" have always been favourites

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