April 26th, 2013

Stars React To The Passing of George Jones

Country Music lost an icon this morning when George Jones passed away at the age of 81. Many country artists took to Twitter to share their sadness (in fact other celebrities – athletes, actors, and politicians – did the same):


“Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music – there’ll never be another.” – Alan Jackson

“Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones” – Blake Shelton

“Such a sad day… May you Rest in Peace George Jones.” – Sheryl Crow

“Nothing to say except George Jones will be missed. He was an incredible soul, inspiration, friend. Greatest singer of all time.” – Shooter Jennings

“So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones. Country music has lost one of our pioneers & legendary icons. You will never be forgotten.” – Jason Aldean

“”The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die.  Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.” – Garth Brooks

“The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived.” – Merle Haggard

“George Jones was my friend, and I loved him.” – Track Adkins


“Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will.” – Carrie Underwood

“So sad to hear about George Jones . His voice and music will be with us forever. Thoughts go out to all his family, friends and fans. – Martina McBride

“Country music lost an icon today and I have lost a dear and beloved friend. With tear-filled eyes, I’m reminiscing this morning about all that I learned from and loved about George Jones. He was part of my ‘country music education;’ he made country music history and, in my opinion, George Jones is a song’s best friend. No one will leave an imprint on my life like George did.” – Lorrie Morgan

George Jones has passed. Damn. Thought he’d live forever. Let’s break out his catalogue and play it all day Godspeed possum and family.” – Toby Keith


“It’s a sad day for me,  It’s a sad day for everybody in the music world to lose George. It was unexpected. I had no idea George was sick, but our prayers go out to [Jones’ wife] Nancy and the family. He was such an influence and my hero and friend. It’s just a sad, sad day. I’m gonna miss George so much.” – George Strait

“Sending prayers & love to Nancy & the whole Jones family & all of George Jones’s fans & friends. George Jones was a true country music legend.” – Rodney Atkins

“Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many.” – Hank Williams Jr.

“I am very thankful I got to know George, he’s one of the greatest singers that ever lived. I actually loved the man and really enjoyed the time I got to spend with he and Nancy.” – Randy Travis

“Possum, angels got a serious lead singer today – God bless Nancy his loving wife – what a guy- what a voice – that was one hell of a show!” – Kix Brooks

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“My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer.” – Dolly Parton

“George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived. He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal to the listener – I think more than anyone else. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered.” – Kenny Rogers

“My prayers go out to Nancy Jones today. Her partner and husband George Jones passed this morning. We’ll miss George very much. RIP.” – Reba McEntire

“There’s a huge emptiness in the music world today from the passing of our good friend George Jones. But, the void is filled with the many memories that will be with us forever. We love you, George.” – Vince Gill

“God bless the gift George Jones shared with us. That voice will live on forever.” – Miranda Lambert

George Jones & Barbara Mandrell

George Jones & Barbara Mandrell

“”I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say ‘George Jones’. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.” – Barbara Mandrell

“The greatest country blues singer to ever live.” – Ronnie Dunn

 “Nancy and George Jones had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. Real sad.” – Dierks Bentley

“Country music legend George Jones has passed away at 81. “The Possum” was one of my favorites…had the pleasure of meeting him years ago.” – Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Troy Aikman

“George Jones died. i won’t stop loving him today, or ever. all my thoughts are with nancy and his family… he was the the greatest ever.” – Harry Connick  Jr.

“Ringo would like to say thank you to George Jones for all the great music is the love and God rest you.” – Ringo Starr

“Legendary singer George Jones heads north to that Grand Ole Opry in the sky. I wish he could’ve no showed this one. Greatest of all time.” – Former wrestler, Steve Austin

“The Divine George Jones died today. I never can hear “He Stopped Loving Her Today” without crying. A big soul. A great artist. Goodby.” – Bette Midler


“God, How I’m really gonna miss the love and laughter we shared! RIP George! I love you, Buddy” – Travis Tritt

“It’s sad to think most of what’s considered the “country music world” today has no idea of the real talent we just lost. RIP George Jones” – Josh Thompson

“There will never be another one like you and we’ll miss you a bunch, Buddy.” – Charlie Daniels

“I’m stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend George Jones. The very definition of a legend. Thoughts and prayers” – Billy Ray Cyrus

“Man…He was Country Music!” – Tim McGraw

“Who’s Gonna fill your shoes?  You will be missed.  Thank you for your awesome music.” – Larry the Cable Guy

Tracy Lawrence & The Possum

Tracy Lawrence & The Possum

“I am so saddened by the news of George Jones’ passing. I will always treasure our times together.” – Tracy Lawrence

“Every serious country artist in the past 30 years has some George Jones dna in their blood and music. My God. We’ve lost our Elvis.” – John Rich

” I’ll never forget the first time I heard the story in “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed.” – Jennifer Nettles

“We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away…” – Faith Hill

“This is one of the saddest days in the history of country music, George Jones is a national treasure, he was a friend, God Bless the possum.” – Former NASCAR driver, Darrel Waltrip

“RIP George Jones. A country music legend who will be truly missed.” – Scotty McCreery

“So blessed to work with heroes like Conway, Cash, & George Jones.  Their star burns so bright. When it goes out, there’s a void in our hearts.” –  Lee Greenwood

“There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace” – Little Big Town

Oak Ridge Boys and George Jones

Oak Ridge Boys and George Jones

“We are devastated this morning … We have lost The Possum… Legend and Friend.” – The Oak Ridge Boys

“That angel choir just got a whole lot better this morning.” – Kacey Musgraves

“Nobody will fill your shoes George Jones. But we can try by never forgetting the Opry, and the songs made country music great.” – Terri Clark

“George Jones will be forever remembered as The King of Country Music. Greatly saddened at the loss of this Huge icon. We will miss him…” – Bryan White

“My friend,the greatest singer of all time, has passed.To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don’t: discover him now.” – Brad Paisley

“My heart cries over the loss of George Jones.” – Kellie Pickler

“We lost a great man today,, but his Music and his Spirit will live forever Go get some Rest now George Jones...you deserve it.” – Neal McCoy

“Heaven welcomed in the man who paved the way for all of us country artists. Prayers go out to Mr. George Jones & his family” – Lauren Alaina

“Country music wasn’t the same when he came around and now that he’s gone, it won’t be again.” – Florida Georgia Line

“George Jones, one of the greatest singers of all time. Your beautiful heartbreaking voice will never be silenced.” – Pee Wee Herman

“We’ve lost a true country music legend. Crissy and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and to fans around the world who will miss his distinctive voice.” – Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam

“Like me, I’m sure music fans around the world can’t get ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ out of their head on this sad day. Nashville has lost a legend. When I moved to Nashville in 1978, one of the first places I visited was George’s Possum Holler nightclub. It was a great introduction to Nashville. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, his family and his dear friends.” – Nashville Mayor, Karl Dean

“RIP to George Jones, a proud Texan and a true legend in country music.” – Texas Senator, Ted Cruz

“I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend and Music legend, George Jones. George was one of those people who touched so many lives with his music and his life and I know I join with countless others in mourning his death and ask that you join me and Janet in praying for Nancy and the rest of his family. I was blessed to have had him on my Fox show and play along with him which will forever be one of the highlights of my life. I grew up listening to him and I have often said that my being a Governor, Presidential candidate of host of a National TV show would not have impressed my Dad, but playing on stage with George Jones sure would have!” – Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee



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