Legendary country music singer George Jones dies at age 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Legendary country music singer George Jones died Friday at the age of 81, his publicists said.

Jones had been hospitalized earlier this month because of a fever and irregular blood pressure, representatives said. He passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

His many hits included "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Grand Tour" and "Tender Years."

Jones was born in Texas in 1931 and served in the Marines. His first top 10 country song was "Why Baby Why," released 1955. His first No. 1 song was "White Lightning" in 1959.

He wound up with more than 160 songs on the charts.

Some of Jones' most popular songs were duets with Tammy Wynette, his wife in the 1970s. Those hits included "Golden Ring" and "We're Gonna Hold On."

His final country top 20 appearance was in 1998 as a guest vocalist on "You Don't Seem To Miss Me," by Patty Loveless.

Jones announced a farewell tour in 2012 that was to conclude with a show in Nashville this November.


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