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George Jones

12.9. 1931  Saratoga - Texas / 26. 04. 2013

Record Labels: Starday, Mercury, Longhorn, Power Pak, Hillside, United Artists, Musicor, RCA, Intercord, Ace, Rounder, Epic.
First Top Ten Hit: Why Baby, Why (1955)
First No. 1 Hit: White Lightning (1959)

In November, 1953, he was fresh out of the Marines, having joined two years earlier in the wake of an unraveling marriage. Before taking the oath, he'd been a denizen of honky tonk stages in and around Beaumont, Texas. Born in a rough-cut log house near Saratoga in East Texas' mysterious, often violent Big Thicket region on September 12, 1931, hillbilly music surrounded him as a kid; his singing voice turned heads even when he was an adolescent.

Jones wasn't back long when he heard about Starday, a new record company. Lefty Frizzell's ex-manager Jack Starnes and hard-bitten Houston area railroader-turned-juke box and slot machine impresario-turned record label owner, distributor and retailer Harold 'Pappy' Daily co-founded it in 1952. George's buddy, aspiring local singer Sonny Burns, had dealings with them, so Jones returned to playing the dives around the area, expanding his profile in 1954 as a disc jockey over KTRM. He soon found Starday interested in auditioning him.

His audition and first session took place in Jack Starnes' living room-turned-improvised recording studio. With an amateur's passion for the era's great singers, he tried to emulate the best of all of them as he sang--until Daily asked with great sincerity, "George, you've sung like Roy Acuff, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. Can you sing like George Jones?"

No Money In This Deal, the first single, came from that session. It didn't take. Neither did the next five singles.

It was single number seven, the Hankish Why Baby Why that landed in the Top Ten in 1955. More Starday hits followed. After a brief, abortive alliance between Starday and Mercury Records, Daily, who still co-owned Starday with his partner Don Pierce, (Jack Starnes had departed earlier) fell out with Pierce in 1958. When the smoke cleared, Pierce took Starday; George wound up contracted to Pappy and remained a Mercury artist. Pappy kept his hand in the regional market. He'd formed Houston-based D and Dart Records as a regional operation aimed at finding new talent, Gabe Tucker helping him run things. Glad Music, Daily's new publishing company, would handle that end of things.

Jones came up with some landmark hits on Mercury, among them Color Of The Blues and the Chuck Berry-influenced White Lightning, from the pen of Daily discovery and Jones buddy, KTRM disc jockey-singer-composer J. P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson. He originally recorded his hard-driving rocker Chantilly Lace for D, until Mercury, who'd initially passed on it, re-released it nationally. That put it over the top and made the Bopper and fulltime rock star from later '58 until February 3, 1959, when the small private plane carrying him, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens crashed killing everyone on board.

At Mercury, Jones's vocal style began evolving, his keening, edgy nasality morphed into a more distinctive type of phrasing. Overtones of Hank and Acuff remained, but Jones's voice moved into a lower register. He could wrench emotion out of a phrase or lyric by bearing down on it as he sang. The new maturity manifested itself in his final Mercury hits: The Window Up Above and especially the #1 single Tender Years, where the formerly twangy accompaniment replaced by muted Nashville Sound backing.

 

The new Jones style quickly began influencing others, Buck Owens among them. Interviewed in 1988, Buck confirmed that point. "I thought that George was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I could not help it and later on in the last years I've tried to make a concerted effort to not get into that, but if you listen on (my records in the) early years, you're sure gonna hear George because he was a big influence on me as far as the singers go," he said. As time passed, George began singing in lower registers that combined with his distinctive phrasing his singular sound brought more admiration among fans and his peers.

Pappy came to know Mercury executive Art Talmadge, who'd left to join United Artists Records. Daily and Jones followed him there. The label was only four years old. Originally created to distribute soundtracks from UA-produced films, it branched out, becoming a hip jazz label and then broadened into other areas. Their newly-created country division consisted mainly of Daily acts with Jones as the flagship, Pappy serving as UA's de facto country producer.

Jones's relationship with Daily was business only, and fostered deep resentment that hadn't abated in his 1996 autobiography 'I Lived To Tell It All,' where he wrote bitterly, "I made a lot of money for Pappy Daily, Starday and Mercury. Basically, I was a naïve guy who was overly trusting of some people who proved to be untrustworthy. I was never paid royalties on a regular basis. It became very frustrating to hear my songs on the radio, see them listed high on the charts and not have enough money to hire a band."

 

His two-year UA contract yielded exactly 151 recordings. Some singles and albums from that period stand among his most memorable. Every album was 'produced by Pappy Daily.' Or so it seemed. In 2001, Jones clarified their 16 year studio relationship, which continued through his 1965-1970 stint with Talmadge's Musicor Records. "A lot of people think (Pappy) was the producer, but he really wasn't. He timed the songs in the studio and he wrote out the paperwork. That was about all he did. I worked with the musicians myself and we worked out the arrangements. I basically left it up to the musicians after we run through the songs. I wanted them to be more a part of the production."

 

Jones created many great moments in the studio during his UA phase. Some were captured on tape, some not. His legendary reputation as a drinker and hellraiser already established, his stature continued to rise. Many Nashville insiders began hanging at George's sessions, both to marvel at the voice and to see what whiskey-fueled mischief he'd make this time. One frequent sideman explained that while Jones was usually well-lubed throughout a recording session, a certain sweet spot existed. Too few drinks didn't loosen him up sufficiently; too many washed out a session. An amount of alcohol in between those extremes unleashed every bit of his unrestrained, uninhibited power.

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White Lightning - Who Shot Sam (7inch, 45rpm) George Jones: White Lightning - Who Shot Sam (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45COL4483

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(Collectables) 2-Track Single - 45 rpm, large inner hole suitable for jukebox, with company sleeve!
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1962 marked a new Era for George Jones, it was a time for change not at least in his singing style , which wo I pr ve to be an influence on many others, He began to sing in lower registers and together with his distinctive phrasing, it...
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(BMG) CD (15 tracks) plus 2 DVD (25 tracks) NTSC, Code 0, Color, complete show with 25 solo and duet recordings, hosted by Reba McEntire plus bonus interviews and two music videos (50.000 Names & The Cold Hard Truth). Captured in...
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George Jones And The Jones Boys - Live In Texas 1965 (CD) George Jones: George Jones And The Jones Boys - Live In Texas... Art-Nr.: CDCHD1522

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(Ace Records) 26 tracks with 12 page booklet. Widely regarded as one of the greatest live country albums of the 1960s, 'George Jones Live At Dancetown USA' was part of the Ace catalogue for decades – first on vinyl, then in expanded form...
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George Jones Sings White Lightning & Other Favorites (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) George Jones: George Jones Sings White Lightning & Other... Art-Nr.: LPDR10004

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(Del Ray Records) 12 Tracks - New edition of the original Mercury album from 1959 on 180g vinyl! Born in Beaumont, Texas, George Jones is a clean-cut chap who loves string music and loves to entertain. The songs he sings are a part of...
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Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard - Double Trouble - A Taste Of Yesterday's Wine (CD) George Jones: Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard - Double Trouble... Art-Nr.: CDMRLL18

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(2013/Morello Records) 20 tracks - 2 Classic Albums on 1 CD - In 1980 the two bad boys of Country Music released Double Trouble an album comprising mainly rock and roll classics – no-one wasgoing to have more fun in the studio than...
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Jones Country - You've Still Got A Place (CD) George Jones: Jones Country - You've Still Got A Place (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMRLL13

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(Morello Records) 20 tracks - When Johnny Cash was once asked who his favourite singer was, he answered 'you mean apart from George Jones?'. This movement alone describes the special status of the famous singer and musician George Jones....
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(Sundown) 10 tracks - Mid 1960s 'United Artists' recordings Sundown Records is proud to be able to bring you this fantastic collector's edition of great country material by the one and only George Jones. This is the first time these...
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A Picture Of Me - Nothing Ever Hurt Me (CD) George Jones: A Picture Of Me - Nothing Ever Hurt Me (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMRLL57

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(2016/Morello Records) 22 Tracks - Two classic Epic albums originally issued in 1972 and 1973!
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Ladies Choice - My Very Special Guests (CD) George Jones: Ladies Choice - My Very Special Guests (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMRLL61

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(2016/Morello Records) 20 Tracks - Two classic Epic albums originally issued in 1979 and 1984!
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When My Heart Hurts No More (LP) George Jones: When My Heart Hurts No More (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSR4001

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(2015/Southern Routes) 14 Tracks - Great compilation of George Jones classics, incl. duets with Melba Montgomery and Margie Singleton!
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Along Came You - Feeling Single, Seeing Double (7inch, 45rpm, PS) George Jones: Along Came You - Feeling Single, Seeing Double... Art-Nr.: 45SR125

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(2017/Sleazy Records) 2-Track Single, 45rpm, with Hard Cover Picture Sleeve and big center hole! Two great Songs originally recorded for Musicor in 1965!
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Sings Hank And Bob (2-CD) George Jones: Sings Hank And Bob (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDNOT541

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(2014/Not Now) 36 tracks, three original albums on 2 CDs
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Thumper Jones - Rock It (LP) George Jones: Thumper Jones - Rock It (LP) Art-Nr.: LPGJ20390

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(KAY) 20 tracks - rare EU custom pressing - superb quality - including his amazing 1950s Rockabilly tunes, Country Boppers and uptempo Honky Tonk jewels. 
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Why Baby Why (LP, 10inch) George Jones: Why Baby Why (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: ALP10509

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(2017/Richard Weize Archives) 10" LP - Gatefold Cover - 10 Titel - 27:00min. George Jones greatest successes lay ahead of him when he performed the tracks in this collection – his first number one was just around the corner – and his...
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George Jones & The Smoky Mountain Boys (CD) George Jones: George Jones & The Smoky Mountain Boys (CD) Art-Nr.: CDROU100182

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(2017/Rounder/CB) 12 tracks - previously unreleased session from the early 1970s - newly mixed and mastered from the original master tapes. - A long lost George Jones album returns in 2017. George Jones & The Smoky Mountain Boys, an...
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The Tour De Force 1972 - 1980 (2-CD) George Jones: The Tour De Force 1972 - 1980 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRV395

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(2016/Raven) 56 tracks. 5 classic albums on 2 CDs with 3 bonus tracks. A Picture Of You (1972), Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half As Bad As Losing You (1973), The Grand Tour (1974), Memories Of Us (1975, I Am What I Am (1980).
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Me & The First Lady - We're Gonna Hold On - Golden Ring (2-CD) George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Me & The First Lady - We're Gonna Hold On -... Art-Nr.: CDBGO1183

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(Beat Goes On) 32 Tracks - Digitally remastered two CD set containing a trio of duet albums from country legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette originally released in 1972, 1973 and 1976. All three made the Top 5 US Country charts, with...
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Bartender's Blues - Shine On (CD) George Jones: Bartender's Blues - Shine On (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMRLL3

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(Morello) 20 tracks - Two original 'Epic' albums from 1978 and 1983
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Hank, Bob And Me (CD) George Jones: Hank, Bob And Me (CD) Art-Nr.: CD0612822

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(Fuel 2000/EMI Music Special Market)) 14 Tracks (33:36) Original 1962 United Artists recordings. A tribute to Hank Williams and Bob Wills with liner notes by Bill Dahl. Sealed new copy from US stock. (Bear Family Records)
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Hank, Bob & Me (CD) JONES, George: Hank, Bob & Me (CD) Art-Nr.: CDFUEL61282

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(2003/Fuel 2000) 14 Tracks - From the vaults of United Artists! George sings Hank Williams and Bob Wills!
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The Grand Tour - Alone Again (CD) George Jones: The Grand Tour - Alone Again (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMRLL1

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​(2012/Morello Records) 21 tracks - 2 Classic Albums on 1 CD
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Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday And Mercury Recordings 1954-1961 (6-CD) George Jones: Birth Of A Legend - The Truly Complete Starday... Art-Nr.: BCD16100

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6-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 174-page hardcover book, 200 tracks. Total playing time approx. 458 minutes. His fans and country music lovers have been asking for this definite set with George Jones’ early Starday and Mercury recordings...
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Grand Ole Opry's New Star - Country Song Hits (LP) George Jones: Grand Ole Opry's New Star - Country Song Hits (LP) Art-Nr.: LPRSV101

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(2013/Reserve) 14 tracks - Official reproduction of the 1957 'Starday' album!
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Blue & Lonesome (CD) George Jones: Blue & Lonesome (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPSALM2307

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(2009/RIGHTEOUS) 12 tracks Mercury 1963 plus six 1950s bonus tracks
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Hits (2-CD) (2011) George Jones: Hits (2-CD) (2011) Art-Nr.: CD78165

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(2011/BANDIT) 24 tracks (2 unreleased) multi label collection 1957- 2011.
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My Favorites Of Hank Williams (Vinyl) George Jones: My Favorites Of Hank Williams (Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPHAT3136

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(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, rare reissue of 1962 United Artists LP. George Jones sings Hank Williams compositions.
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Homecoming In Heaven George Jones: Homecoming In Heaven Art-Nr.: LPHAT3104

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(1980s/STETSON) 12 tracks, original Capitol recordings 1962. Rare 1980s reissue of original 1962 Capitol album.
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If My Heart Had Windows George Jones: If My Heart Had Windows Art-Nr.: CDGUS1137

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(2014/Gusto Records) 10 tracks
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At His Best George Jones: At His Best Art-Nr.: CDGUS0380

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(Gusto/2015) 9 tracks
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Anniversary - Ten Years Of Hits (2-LP) Cut-Out George Jones: Anniversary - Ten Years Of Hits (2-LP) Cut-Out Art-Nr.: LPKE238323

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(Epic) 22 tracks, 1972-1982, recorded at CBS studios, cut-out
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Sings White Lightning And Other Favorites...plus (180g Vinyl) George Jones: Sings White Lightning And Other... Art-Nr.: LPDOY693

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(Doxy) 17 tracks. Originally released in 1959 on the Mercury label, Sings White Lightning and Other Favorites, features Possum's first #1 hit single in the title track - written by the legendary Big Bopper. A classic piece of ass kicking...
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Salutes Hank Williams...plus George Jones: Salutes Hank Williams...plus Art-Nr.: LPDOY694

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(2013/DOXY) 15 tracks Like so many other country stars of the late '50s, George "Possum" Jones grew up idolizing Hank Williams Sr. but on this collection, originally released in 1960, Jones is not simply imitating his hero - he makes...
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Playlist: The Very Best George Jones Duets George Jones: Playlist: The Very Best George Jones Duets Art-Nr.: CDSNY53712

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(2014/SONY) 14 tracks
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Through The Years 1968-80 George Jones: Through The Years 1968-80 Art-Nr.: DVDCCGJ001

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(CLASSIC COUNTRY) NTSC, Code 0, 144 Mins., Color, TV clips feat. Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette a.o. This special DVD looks back at the career of the legendary George Jones. It features seven programs that George Jones was the star guest....
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Too Wild Too Long - You Oughta Be Here With Me George Jones: Too Wild Too Long - You Oughta Be Here With Me Art-Nr.: CDMRLL020

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​Morello Records - 20 tracks
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Heartaches & Hangovers George Jones: Heartaches & Hangovers Art-Nr.: CDTL27425

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(2012/TIME LIFE) 10 tracks
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Great Lost Songs (Musicor 1965-70) George Jones: Great Lost Songs (Musicor 1965-70) Art-Nr.: CDTL26970

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CD on TIME LIFE RECORDS by George Jones - Great Lost Songs (Musicor 1965-70)
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Great Country Hits Of the '60s George Jones: Great Country Hits Of the '60s Art-Nr.: CDTL26411

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(2011/TIME LIFE) 12 tracks (Musicor)
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Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes - Wine Colored R George Jones: Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes - Wine Colored R Art-Nr.: CDTBIRDAM006

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We Can Make It - I Wanta Sing'...plus George Jones: We Can Make It - I Wanta Sing'...plus Art-Nr.: CDRV343

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(2011/RAVEN) 28 tracks 1972-78 with 8 page booklet.
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Heartbreak Hotel - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight George Jones: Heartbreak Hotel - Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight Art-Nr.: BCD16858

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1-CD-Album DigiPac (4-plated) with 48-spage booklet, 35 tracks. Playing time approx. 82 mns. The greatest singer in country music history is renowned for ballads, but throughout his early career, he recorded rockin' songs... even a...
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Radio Lover 1980-89: A Critical Anthology George Jones: Radio Lover 1980-89: A Critical Anthology Art-Nr.: CDRV323

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(2011/RAVEN) 25 tracks w.12 page booklet.
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Sacred Songs George Jones: Sacred Songs Art-Nr.: CDTL25470

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(2010/TIME LIFE) 10 tracks - Musicor (2 unreleased)
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Great Lost Hits Of (2-CD) George Jones: Great Lost Hits Of (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDTL25466

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(2010/TIME LIFE) 34 tracks (Musicor 1965-71) with 16 page booklet.
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A Collection Of My Best Recollection-Limited George Jones: A Collection Of My Best Recollection-Limited Art-Nr.: CD0910002

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(2009/UNIVERSAL) 12 tracks (2 unreleased)(35:31) Cracker Barrel Country Store Exclusive Compilation. (Titel mit * unveröffentlicht) Digipac with rare photos.
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Playlist - The Very Best Of George Jones: Playlist - The Very Best Of Art-Nr.: CDSNY756709

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(2009/SONY) 14 tracks 1972-1985 ecopac
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A Good Year For The Roses (4-CD) George Jones: A Good Year For The Roses (4-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16929

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4-CD box, LP size, 52 pages book, 131 tracks, playing time 341:00. George Jones ' classic Musicor recordings have been out of circulation for years while a lawsuit was resolved. George Jones' Musicor recordings were never issued...
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Step Right Up - A Critical Anthology 1970-79 George Jones: Step Right Up - A Critical Anthology 1970-79 Art-Nr.: CDRV292

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(2009/RAVEN) 28 tracks (78:11) with 12 page booklet
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Collector's Steelbox Edition (3-CD) George Jones: Collector's Steelbox Edition (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD53771

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(2008/SONY-BMG) 30 tracks with 12 page booklet, All American Country/ Super Hits Vol.2/It Sure Was Good (& Tammy Wynette)
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