George Jones: 7 Essential Tracks

Seven classic tracks from the Possum — there will be tears

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The key to C&W vocal greatness is sincerity, and five-plus decades of fans believed every word out of George Jones mouth. Here are a handful of “Possum” classics — warning: have a handkerchief handy.

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“She Still Thinks I Care”

Heartbreak was Jones’s beat, as he proves on this 1962 gem


“The Grand Tour”

There might be sadder songs than this 1974 classic but you might not want to ever find them. No one else could bring off this over-the-top tearjerker like Jones, the master of heartfelt melodrama.


“The Race Is On”

As magnificent a ballad singer as Jones was, he could also rip ‘em up with the best of them. Grateful Dead fans will recognize this 1964 hit.


“We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds”

A great duet singer – hear him on recordings with his one-time wife Tammy Wynette, and scores of C&W and pop greats — Jones and the under recognized Melba Montgomery made this gem of rueful regret a hit in 1963.


“He Stopped Loving Her Today”

Again, Jones brings off a C&W sob story with an understated eloquence no one has ever matched.


“A Drunk Can’t Be a Man”

Self-pity, self incrimination and remorse – Jones never made it sound so good.


“If Drinking Don’t Kill Me Her Memory Will”

And a second round of same