He outlived a lot of those hell raisers of the 1950's 1960's and 1970's. The list of genuine country legends is getting shorter.
In the days before the hats and the resurgence of country music in the late 1980's, Jones was a standard. He stayed true his honky-tonk/rockabilly genre and all that it symbolized.
My first two jobs in radio were stations that had a country format. Jones was always in heavy rotation. Those tearjerkers, songs of loss and the occasional upbeat tune were trademarks of the man. He recorded 72 hits from 1955 to 1988 on the Billboard Country chart
My three favorite Jones tunes are He Stopped Loving Her Today, The Corvette Song and Who is Gonna Fill Their Shoes. He was pure emotion!
He is with Horton, Cash, Williams, Robbins & Elvis.
‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’