George Jones celebrated his 80th Birthday this past week at a party in Nashville with some of his closest celebrity friends. Those in attendance included Travis Tritt, Billy Joe Shaver, Jason Michael Carroll, Bryan White, Joe Diffie, Guy Penrod, The Kentucky Headhunters, Elaine Roy of The Roys, Jamie Dailey of Dailey & Vincent, The McClymonts, Ken Mellons, Billy Yates, TG Sheppard, Billy Gilman, John Conlee, Jeanne Pruett, Jack Greene, Bo Bice, Eddy Raven, David Lee Murphy, among others. Wayne Newton sent a special jazz trio to perform and read a special note. Jones is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and he is known as musical icon, who is often referred to as “the greatest living country singer.”
As a native of Beaumont, Texas, Jones began his career as a radio host and has successfully scored over 150 hits during his fifty-plus year career. Many attempts have been made, but rarely capture in words the immense, singular vocal gifts that have made George Glenn Jones one of the most influential singers in country music history.
Jones launched his recording career in the early 1950s, and with the turn of the twenty-first century he has become known all over the world as one of Country music’s most legendary icons. In 2008, Jones received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. In 2009, he released his latest effort, A Collection of My Best Recollection, which is available exclusively through Cracker Barrel Music.
Jones was born on September 12. For more information, please visit www.georgejones.com.