51 Facts About George Jones

1. George Jones initially supported the Iraq War, even gaining distinction for renaming French fries as "freedom fries" in Capitol Hill cafeterias after France refused to back the invasion.

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2. George Jones has guided the Chargers to three state titles, nine SMAC crowns and 11 regional titles.

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3. George Jones has no interest in this and finds a clever way to escape Moscow to uncover what is happening in Ukraine.

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4. George Jones initially supported the Iraq War, even gaining distinction for renaming French fries as "freedom fries" in Capitol Hill cafeterias after France refused to back the invasion.

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5. George Jones initially supported the Iraq War, even gaining distinction for renaming French fries as "freedom fries" in Capitol Hill cafeterias after France refused to back the invasion.

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6. George Jones initially supported the Iraq War, even gaining distinction for renaming French fries as "freedom fries" in Capitol Hill cafeterias after France refused to back the invasion.

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7. George Jones was a heavy baby, and weighed in at a whopping 12 pounds.

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8. In 1992, George Jones was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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9. George Jones began performing honky-tonk material after his discharge from the Marines in the early 1950s.

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10. In 1999 George Jones released Cold Hard Truth, touted as a return to his tough country roots.

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11. In 1971 George Jones moved to Epic Records, where Billy Sherrill, a producer largely responsible for the heavily orchestrated "countrypolitan" sound popular during the era, helmed his career.

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12. George Jones was raised in a succession of small Texas towns, his family finally settling in Beaumont, where his father took work in the shipyards.

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13. George Jones is often called the best honky-tonk performer of all time.

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14. George Jones voted against every increase in the debt ceiling in 10 years and refused to vote for any US budget not in balance.

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15. George Jones initially supported the Iraq War, even gaining distinction for renaming French fries as "freedom fries" in Capitol Hill cafeterias after France refused to back the invasion.

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16. George Jones understood that wrong, and he helped many in Washington come to see his point.

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17. In 1981 George Jones met Nancy Sepulvado on a blind date and the two fell in love.

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18. George Jones was married to country singer Tammy Wynette from 1969 to 1975.

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19. George Jones began his career in 1954 when he signed to Starday records.

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20. Around this time, George Jones gave the public an inside view at all of his troubles and triumphs with his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All.

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21. In 1954, George Jones married Shirley Ann Corley, with whom he had two sons, Jeffrey and Brian.

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22. Paul George Jones joined the organization as the assistant GM with a two-year deal while director of football administration Mike Davis and football operations co-ordinator Jordan Greenly both return.

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23. George Jones came to the CFL in 2002, taking a job as defensive line coach of the Montreal Alouettes.

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24. George Jones signed his extension with the Roughriders after Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported at least two NFL teams had "done extensive research" on the veteran CFL coach.

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25. George Jones had one last big hit in 1999 with "Choices", after a near-fatal car accident.

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26. George Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulvado, in 1983.

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27. George Jones began recording with Billy Sherrill in 1970, and Sherrill tried to keep Jones to record songs more toned to countrypolitan and not as loud.

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28. George Jones had marginal success during his beginnings with Starday Records.

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29. George Jones never reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and almost never had any of his music played on mainstream popular music stations in his career.

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30. George Jones was a kind of singing method actor, creating an illusion of the real.

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31. George Jones was scheduled to perform his final concert at the Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013.

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32. On March 29, 2012, George Jones was taken to the hospital with an upper respiratory infection.

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33. George Jones served as judge in 2008 for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

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34. On March 6, 1999, George Jones was involved in an accident when he crashed his sport utility vehicle near his home.

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35. George Jones always gave her complete credit for saving his life.

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36. George Jones continued drinking and using cocaine, appearing at various awards shows to accept honors for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" arguably inebriated, like when he performed "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" with Barbara Mandrell at the 1981 Country Music Association Awards.

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37. George Jones summoned for Jones the symphonies of sighing strings that almost made the misery of albums like 1974's The Grand Tour and 1976's Alone Again sound better than happiness could possibly feel.

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38. George Jones pairing with Billy Sherrill at Epic Records came as a surprise to many; Sherrill and business partner Glenn Sutton are regarded as the defining influences of the countrypolitan sound, a smooth amalgamation of pop and country music that was popular during the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, a far cry from George's honky tonk roots.

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39. George Jones never, ever did it the same way twice.

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40. George Jones parodied the episode in the 1993 video for "One More Last Chance" by Vince Gill and in his own music video for the single "Honky Tonk Song" in 1996.

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41. The next day George Jones came to Dailey's office broke again.

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42. George Jones always made five syllables out of one word.

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43. George Jones was well on his way to gaining a reputation as a notorious hell-raiser.

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44. George Jones signed with United Artists in 1962 and immediately scored one of the biggest hits of his career, "She Thinks I Still Care".

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45. In 1959, George Jones had his first number one on the Billboard country chart with "White Lightnin'", ironically a more authentic rock and roll sound than his half-hearted rockabilly cuts.

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46. George Jones was invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry in 1956.

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47. George Jones had a possum's nose and stupid eyes, like a possum.

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48. George Jones was stationed in San Jose, California, for his entire service.

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49. George Jones was enlisted in the United States Marines until his discharge in 1953.

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50. George Jones died in 2013, aged 81, from hypoxic respiratory failure.

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51. George Jones served in the United States Marine Corps and was discharged in 1953.

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