Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • 2011, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 1980, Grammy — Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Winner


  • Sherry Hohimer — Stepdaughter
  • Jeffrey Jones — Son
  • Brian Jones — Son
  • Susan — Daughter
  • Georgette Jones — Daughter
  • Shirley Ann Corley — Ex-wife
  • Tammy Wynette — Ex-wife
  • Dorothy Bonvillion — Ex-wife
  • George Washington Jones — Father
  • Clara Jones — Mother
  • Nancy Sepulveda — Wife
  • Adina Estes — Stepdaughter


  • Birth Name: George Glenn Jones
  • Birth Place: Saratoga, Texas, United States
  • Died: April 26, 2013
  • Profession: Country musician

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