Best George Jones #1 Hit

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14 #1's on the Billboard Charts.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"He Stopped Loving Her Today" (1980) 12
"The Grand Tour" (1974) 7
"She Thinks I Still Care" (1962) 5
"White Lightning" (1959) 3
"Tender Years" (1961) 2
"Still Doin' Time" (1981) 2
"Yesterday's Wine" (with Merle Haggard) (1982) 1
"Golden Ring" (with Tammy Wynette) (1976) 1
"Near You" (with Tammy Wynette) (1977) 0
"The Door" (1975) 0
"(I Was Country) When Country Wasn't Cool" (with Barbara Mandrell) (1981) 0
"We're Gonna Hold On" (with Tammy Wynette) (1973) 0
"Walk Through This World With Me" (1967) 0
"I Always Get Lucky With You" (1983) 0


Brio, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 18:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow. i thought it would have been a lot more. i was hoping for "the window up above." as it is, i'm torn between "the grand tour" and "he stopped loving her."

mte, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 18:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm kind of shocked He Stopped Loving Her Today is from 1980, seems much older.

Brio, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 18:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'll vote for "Still Doin' Time," because it needs more love.

I'm crossing over into enterprise (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 18:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

I can't think of a sadder song than "He Stopped Loving Her Today".

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 18:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Still Doin' Time"?

I'm crossing over into enterprise (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 18:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

the best-of i've got has 13 of these, gotta put em all in a playlist tonight and get my thoughts in order

some dude, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 19:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

i was hoping for "the window up above."

Yes. Or Why Baby Why.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 19:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm fond of "(I Was Country) When Country Wasn't Cool", because Mandrell's part is fine, good even, but then Jones comes in and sings the shit out of the song; the contrast is breathtaking. The lyric is pretty hard to relate to, because country doesn't seem particularly cool now; in fact it seems off to talk about country being cool at all.

But I voted for "He Stopped Loving Her Today". I think I posted a performance of this song from Hee Haw in the early 80s on some other thread, maybe the jukebox thread. The look in his eyes changes through the performance, from smiling to absolute dread; it kills me, but this song'll do that.

Euler, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 19:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm going for "Walk Through This World With Me" in lieu of my favorite, "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds."

Genghis Khan and his brother Don (G00blar), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 19:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

how many of these fourteen were #1 with a bullet?

Excuse Me While I Pimp My Al Shipley (some dude), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 20:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

No Treasure of Love?! White Lightning then, I guess

shit was shocking as fuck back then (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 20:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Looks like "Treasure of Love" peaked at #6: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jones_discography

"Good Year For The Roses" peaked at 2 and "The Race Is On" at 3... they probably would have grabbed a couple of votes too.

Brio, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 20:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah Race Is On probably would've gotten my vote. here he is killin it on the Porter Wagner show

nashville - spiritual home of the cougar (will), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 21:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Here's the Hee Haw thing I mentioned earlier:

Euler, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 21:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

Definitely "The Grand Tour." "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is indeed one of the all-time great vocals and I'm surprised Hee Haw didn't implode after that performance. My problem with the song is that it's sung in the third person. And lest anyone riposte that it can't be sung in the first person, 1. Well, no. Tons of songs have been sung from The Beyond. and 2. Would "I Stopped Loving Her Today" have been any weirder or impossible than "Her Name Is..." or "Old King Kong" or "The King Is Gone (So Are You)?" No. In fact, it would have been the crown jewel in the fucked-up, disturbing oeuvre of the greatest singer alive.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 22:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like George as a kind of Rod Serling host, though.

President Keyes, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 22:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

so many good songs, but "white lightning" is just too much fun

4,000 hoes in blackburn, lancashire (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 22:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kevin: The fact that it's sung in the third-person makes it all the more affecting -- the better for Jones' voice to fill it to bursting, so that it's impossible to deny that it's about HIM.

I'm crossing over into enterprise (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 22:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

How about some love for "The Door"? The opening line of that alone is worthy of a vote or two...

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 22:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

Almost voted for it!

The first time I heard "He Stopped Loving Her Today," I realized where Nick Lowe got his sincerity.

I'm crossing over into enterprise (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 22:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

She Thinks I Steal Cars

President Keyes, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 23:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

after putting all these in a playlist (except the Mandrell collab), here's how I'm gonna rank 'em:

"Tender Years" - chorus on this is like the perfect distillation of what GJ can do with his voice that noone else can
"Still Doin' Time"
"The Grand Tour" - this is the part where I somewhat embarrassingly admit that I got into Jones via the Geraldine Fibbers
"He Stopped Loving Her Today"
"We're Gonna Hold On" - never paid much attention to this one before, killer intro
"I Always Get Lucky With You"
"Walk Through This World With Me" - I put this on the reception playlist for my wedding last year, along with George & Tammy's "Ceremony"
"The Door" - that sound effect kills me
"White Lightening"
"Golden Ring"
"She Thinks I Still Care"
"Near You"
"Yesterday's Wine"

Excuse Me While I Pimp My Al Shipley (some dude), Thursday, 23 April 2009 02:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

granted, i could probably put them on another day and throw them in an almost completely different order. they're all winners.

Excuse Me While I Pimp My Al Shipley (some dude), Thursday, 23 April 2009 02:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Seconding "Tender Years." Some Dude OTM, the swell in Mr Jones's voice as he heads into the chorus is awesome.

that's not my post, Thursday, 23 April 2009 02:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

"He Stopped Loving Her Today" might be my favorite country music song ever.

joygoat, Thursday, 23 April 2009 03:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Favorite George Jones song is probably "Who Shot Sam," but that's not to denigrate lots of these. Hard to choose...but "The Grand Tour, I guess. George did divorce music with the best of them.

xhuxk, Thursday, 23 April 2009 03:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah "Who Shot Sam" is a hoot...we could totally do more Jones polls after this, but I dunno what criteria would be best to use, maybe top tens or just take a best-of and remove the #1s...

Excuse Me While I Pimp My Al Shipley (some dude), Thursday, 23 April 2009 03:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

the actual noise of a door slamming in "the door" is goofily sublime.

i have to admit that i wondered for a long time whether his wife had left him or died in "the grand tour."

mte, Thursday, 23 April 2009 14:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

can't argue with these results really

just being playful and friendly (some dude), Thursday, 30 April 2009 02:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

From the tour bus EP with Wynette/Jones was solid

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:58 (two months ago) Permalink

prompted me to check out a mid-80s bio of him, "Ragged But Right" and hoooboy, lot of interesting stuff right out the gate. I was previously entirely unaware of the Big Thicket.

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 October 2017 16:09 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

been on a George Jones bender since readin that bio (which is okay and def interesting but v much of it's time)

don't think I quite got the haunted stare, kinda hard to capture
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DOz-14aUQAE2cqj.jpg:large

Οὖτις, Friday, 17 November 2017 16:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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