He had just begun his farewell tour this year. A week ago Thursday, George Jones postponed two shows to be admitted to the hospital for irregular blood pressure and a fever.
Now, he is gone.
George Jones passed away this morning, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He was 81 years old.
Despite a fast-living lifestyle that marred his early years, George Jones overcame adversity to have a musical career spanning more than five decades, with fourteen number one hits and charting singles well into the last decade of his career. Among his many awards and accolades are several Grammys, at least nine CMA awards, an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. He has been cited as an inspiration and influence upon countless country artists, and up until this morning was considered by many to be the greatest living country artist.
Jones’ good-bye tour was scheduled to hit 60 cities this year, culminating with a final concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in November. He was also scheduled to release a final album in collaboration with Dolly Parton.
In his turbulent days, Jones was given the unflattering nickname “No Show Jones” due to his penchant for missing concerts. Sadly, he has shown up for his last show. His passing leaves a hole that will never be filled.
RIP, George Jones. You will be sorely missed.