One of the great country singers--and characters--ever, George Jones, has died at 81. There was a hoax going around about this but presume now this is true. Favorite detail from NYT obit: "His drinking had gotten worse. At one point his wife hid the keys to all his cars, so he drove his lawn mower into Beaumont to a liquor store — an incident he would later commemorate in a song and in music videos. They were divorced not long afterward."
"The Possum" at his best: