- Began performing in a radio-station band in the late '40s.
- Had his first Top Five hit in 1955 with "Why, Baby, Why."
- Was encouraged to cut some rockabilly songs during the rock-and-roll craze of the late '50s. He reluctantly agreed, but only if released under the name Thumper Jones. The songs failed to make the pop charts.
- First No. 1 song was "White Lightning," which was written by J.P. Richardson (also known as the Big Bopper) and hit the top of the charts two months after Richardson died.
- Had a well-documented struggle with alcoholism: he was nicknamed "No Show Jones" in the '70s for failing to appear at gigs, and he once rode his tractor to a bar when his wife hid his car keys.
- In the '70s, scored three No. 1 hits with then-wife Tammy Wynette, including "Gold Ring."
- Was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
- In 1996, published his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All.
- Lent his name to a variety of products, including breakfast sausage, steak sauce and dog food.
- Had more than 150 singles on Billboard's country chart.
- 1980, Grammy — Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: Winner
- 1999, Grammy — Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Winner
- 2011, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
- Susan — Daughter
- Georgette Jones — Daughter
- Dorothy Bonvillion — Ex-wife
- George Washington Jones — Father
- Clara Jones — Mother
- Adina Estes — Stepdaughter
- Shirley Ann Corley — Ex-wife
- Tammy Wynette — Ex-wife
- Sherry Hohimer — Stepdaughter
- Jeffrey Jones — Son
- Brian Jones — Son
- Nancy Sepulveda — Wife
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