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Country music loses an all-time giant in George Jones

10:33 PM, Apr. 26, 2013
George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,'' died Friday at 81.
George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,'' died Friday at 81.
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George Jones was widely recognized as one of the greatest honky-tonk singers of his time and also one of the most self-destructive.

The County Music Hall of Fame vocalist, who died Friday at age 81, left behind a life of turmoil and a string of country classics, including "White Lightning" (1959); "She Thinks I Still Care" (1962); "We're Gonna Hold On" (1973), with his then-wife, country star Tammy Wynette; and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (1980).

"The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived," Merle Haggard said, a comment echoed by Loretta Lynn: "He was one of the best ...

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