George Jones & Shirley Ann Corley Divorced, Children, Joint Family Tree & History - FameChain
His family came through some very hard times during Jones' childhood. to alcohol and a violent temper compelled her to end their relationship. Many legal and personal problems followed George after this time. Nineteen fifty four also saw George marry once again to Shirley Ann Corley after a 2 week engagement. George Jones, a classic country singer with a voice full of raw honky-tonk Bonvillion, two with second wife Shirley Ann Corley and one with Wynette. More about Artists Country Music Feet (anatomy) Grammy Awards Marriage Music Singers Which US State Should You Really Live In? Take Our Quiz!. On March 4, , George Jones wed Nancy Sepulvado at his Previously, he had been married to Dorothy Bonvillion, Shirley Ann Corley and . all of life's problems, especially when it comes to relationships gone sour.
From there, he worked at the KRIC radio station. During one such afternoon show, Jones met his idol, Hank Williams "I just stared," he later wrote. He had to be, really, the greatest. He was enlisted in the United States Marines until his discharge in He was stationed in San Jose, Californiafor his entire service. His first record, the self-penned " No Money in This Deal ", was recorded on January 19, and appeared in February on Starday Records, beginning the singer's association with producer and mentor H.
The song was actually cut in Starday Records' co-founder Jack Starnes' living room and produced by Starnes. Deejay Gordon Baxter told Nick Tosches that Jones acquired the nickname "possum" while working there: Willicker Picklepuss Possum Jones. For one thing, he cut his hair short, like a possum's belly. He had a possum's nose and stupid eyes, like a possum.
In later years, Jones would have little good to say about the music production at Starday, recalling to NPR in that "it was a terrible sound. We recorded in a small living room of a house on a highway near Beaumont. You could hear the trucks. We had to stop a lot of times because it wasn't soundproof, it was just egg crates nailed on the wall and the big old semi trucks would go by and make a lot of noise and we'd have to start over again.
That same year, while touring as a cast member of the Louisiana Hayride, Jones met and played shows with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Nobody seemed to get around him much any length of time to talk to him. Jones was invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry in With Presley's explosion in popularity inpressure was put on Jones to cut a few rockabilly sides and he reluctantly agreed.
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His heart was never in it, however, and he quickly regretted the decision; in his autobiography he joked, "During the years, when I've encountered those records, I've used them for Frisbees. When you're hungry, a poor man with a house full of kids, you're gonna do some things you ordinarily wouldn't do.
I said, 'Well, hell, I'll try anything once. I didn't want my name on the rock and roll thing, so I told them to put Thumper Jones on it and if it did something, good, if it didn't, hell, I didn't want to be shamed with it. In early Jones teamed up with singer Jeannette Hicks, the first of several duet partners he would have over the years, and enjoyed yet another Top Ten single with " Yearning.
Although he was garnering a lot of attention and his singles were making very respectable showings on the charts, Jones was still playing the "blood bucket" circuit of honky-tonks that dotted the rural countryside. In the Same Ole Me retrospective, Johnny Cash insisted, "George Jones woulda been a really hot rockabilly artist if he'd approached it from that angle.
Well, he was, really, but never got the credit for it. Richardsonbetter known as the Big Bopper. In I Lived To Tell It All, Jones confessed that he showed up for the recording session under the influence of a great deal of alcohol and it took him approximately 80 takes just to record his vocals. To make matters worse, Buddy Killen, who played the upright bass on the recording, was reported as having severely blistered fingers from having to play his bass part 80 times.
Killen not only threatened to quit the session, but also threatened to physically harm Jones for the painful consequences of Jones' drinking. On the final vocal take used on the recording Jones slurs the word "slug", something he would mimic in live performances of the song along with using his southern drawl.
One aspect of Jones' early career that is often overlooked is his success as a songwriter; he wrote or co-wrote many of his biggest hits during this period, several of which have become standards, like " Window Up Above " later a smash for Mickey Gilley in and " Seasons of My Heart " a hit for Johnny Cash and also recorded by Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Jones' most frequent songwriting collaborator was his childhood friend Darrell Edwards. His voice had grown noticeably deeper during this period and he began cultivating the singing style that became uniquely his own. Jones was also well on his way to gaining a reputation as a notorious hell-raiser. In his Rolling Stone tribute, Merle Haggard recalls: He was already famous for not showing up or showing up drunk, and he showed up drunk.
I was onstage - I think I was singing Marty Robbins ' 'Devil Woman' - and he kicked the doors of the office open and said 'Who the fuck is that? He told me my low note changed his life. He also folded my steel guitarist Fuzzy Owen in a rollaway bed and rolled him out on the street. That was the pinnacle. The next day Jones came to Dailey's office broke again. It'll do that to entertainers if you're not strong.
I'm in a business that can't keep away from people drinking. In the s and s, bass player Ron Gaddis served as the Jones Boys' bandleader and sang harmony with Jones in concert.
Lorrie Morgan who married Gaddis also toured as a backup singer for Jones in the late s and early s. Johnny Paycheck was the Jones Boys' bass player in the s before going on to his own stardom in the s. Alcoholism and decline — InPappy Daily secured a new contract with Musicor records. For the rest of the s, Jones would score only one number one 's "Walk Through This World With Me" but he practically owned the country music charts throughout the decade.
By this point, Jones' singing style had evolved from the full-throated, high lonesome sound of Hank Williams and Roy Acuff on his early Starday records to the more refined, subtle style of Lefty Frizzell.
In a interview with Billboard, Jones acknowledged the fellow Texan's influence on his idiosyncratic phrasing: He always made five syllables out of one word. Jones would go to extreme lengths for a drink if the thirst was on him.
Perhaps the most famous drinking story concerning Jones occurred while he was married to his second wife Shirley Corley. Jones recalled Shirley making it physically impossible for him to travel to Beaumontlocated 8 miles away, to buy liquor. Because Jones would not walk that far, she would hide the keys to each of their cars they owned before leaving. She did not, however, hide the keys to the lawn mower. Upset, Jones walked to the window and looked out over his property.
He later described his thoughts in his memoir: A key glistening in the ignition. I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles per hour. It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did. Curiously, in her autobiography Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette claims the incident occurred while she was married to Jones, maintaining that she woke up at one o'clock in the morning to find her husband gone: When I pulled into the parking lot there sat our rider-mower right by the entrance.
He'd driven that mower right down a main highway My little wife, I told you she'd come after me. Wynette was married to songwriter Don Chapel, who was also the opening act for her shows at the time. The three became friends but eventually Jones took more than a passing fancy to Wynette, who was 11 years his junior and grew up listening to all of his records.
According to his autobiography, Jones went to their house for supper and while she was fixing the meal Wynette and Chapel got into a heated exchange with Chapel calling his wife "a son of a bitch.
I jumped from my chair, put my hands under the dinner table, and flipped it over. Dishes, utensils, and glasses flew in all directions.
Don's and Tammy's eyes got about as big as the flying dinner plates. Tammy Wynette in They began touring together and Jones bought out his contract with Musicor so he could record with Tammy and her producer Billy Sherrill on Epic Records the singer had split with longtime producer Pappy Daily on acrimonious terms.
Jones and Wynette became known as "Mr. We started out trying to record the vocals together, but George drove Tammy crazy with his phrasing.
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He never, ever did it the same way twice. He could make a five-syllable word out of 'church. Jones managed longer stretches of sobriety with Wynette than he had enjoyed in years but as the decade wore on his drinking and erratic behavior worsened, leading to the couple's divorce in Jones accepted the responsibility for the failure of the marriage but vehemently denied Wynette's allegations in her autobiography that he beat her and fired a shotgun at her.
Remarkably, Jones and Wynette continued playing shows and drawing crowds in the years after their divorce, as fans began to see their songs mirroring their stormy relationship.
Jones also spoke publicly about his hopes for a reconciliation and would jokingly reference Tammy in some of his songs - during performances of his hit "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me Her Memory Will " he would sing "Tammy's memory will" - but the recrimination continued unabated.
After years of sniping, Jones and Wynette appeared to make peace in the s, recording a final album, One, and even touring together again before Wynette's death in In Jones told Country Weekly, "Like the old saying goes, it takes time to heal things and they've been healed quite a while.
Despite a shaky start, the success that Sherrill had with Jones proved to be his most enduring; although Billboard chart statistics show that Sherrill had his biggest commercial successes with artists such as Wynette and Charlie Richwith Jones Sherrill had his most longest-lasting association. In Sherrill, Jones found what Andrew Meuller of Uncut described as "the producer capable of creating the epically lachrymose arrangements his voice deserved and his torment demanded He summoned for Jones the symphonies of sighing strings that almost made the misery of albums like 's The Grand Tour and 's Alone Again sound better than happiness could possibly feel.
Unlike most singers, who might have been overwhelmed by the string arrangements and background vocalists Sherrill sometimes employed on his records, Jones' voice, with its at times frightening intensity and lucid tone, could stand up to anything.
In the late seventies, Jones spiraled out of control. Already drinking constantly, a manager named Shug Baggot introduced him to cocaine before a show because he was too tired to perform.
The drug would increase Jones' already considerable paranoia. During one drunken binge he shot at, and very nearly hit, his friend and occasional songwriting partner Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery after Montgomery had quit drinking after finding religion. He was often penniless and acknowledged in his autobiography that Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash came to his financial aid during this time. Jones also began missing shows at an alarming rate and lawsuits from promoters started piling up.
Jones appeared incoherent at times, speaking in quarrelling voices that he would later call "the Duck" and "the Old Man". In his article "The Devil In George Jones", Nick Tosches states, "By February he was homeless, deranged, and destitute, living in his car and barely able to digest the junk food on which he subsisted.
He weighed under a hundred pounds, and his condition was so bad that it took him more than two years to complete My Very Special Guests, an album on which Willie Nelson, Linda RonstadtElvis Costello, and other famous fans came to his vocal aid and support. Upon his release in Januarythe first thing he did was pick up a six-pack. In Junehe appeared with Waylon Jennings on Ralph Emery's syndicated radio program and at one point Jennings cracked, "It's lonely at the top.
It's real, real lonely, Waylon. A nervous Jones felt out of his comfort zone and nearly bolted from the festival but went on anyway and wound up stealing the show. The Village Voice added "As a singer he is as intelligent as they come, and should be considered for a spot in America's all-time top ten.
George excused himself from my office, left - and we didn't see him for three weeks. He just did not show up. When he finally played the Bottom Line inthe New York Times called him "the finest, most riveting singer in country music. However, the singer stunned the music industry in April when "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was released and shot to number one on the country charts, remaining there for 18 weeks.
The song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman and tells the story of a friend who has never given up on his love; he keeps old letters and photos from back in the day and hangs on to hope that she would "come back again".
The song reaches its peak in the chorus, revealing that he indeed stopped loving her—when he died—and the woman does return—for his funeral. On his discharge two years later he returned to Beaumont, where he worked as a house painter.
The next year he had his first hit with Why Baby Why, the success of which earned him regular appearances on the radio show Louisiana Hayride and the prestigious Grand Ole Opry programme. Using the pseudonym Thumper Jones, he made a series of unsuccessful recordings in a hybrid rockabilly style.
Later he became so disgusted with these records that he was apt to destroy any he came across. His fame and success seemed to be enhanced by his marriage, into Tammy Wynette. The couple recorded 10 successful albums together and had more than a dozen hit singles, including Golden Ring and Near You. His promoters did not see the funny side and issued a series of lawsuits against him. He owed huge sums in unpaid taxes, was declared bankrupt and was arrested for drunk driving and for firing a gun at one of his friends.
For an album of duets, My Very Special Guestsfeaturing Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Elvis Costello an avid fanJones failed to turn up to any of the recording sessions, and had to add his own voice later, with disappointing results.
In the same year Jones was admitted to hospital for his alcohol and drug problems, weighing little more than seven stone. Whatever treatment he received had an immediate effect on his career: Inthe year after he underwent a triple heart bypass operation, he was reunited with Tammy Wynette for a tour of Europe and America.