Keith Richards, who recorded with George Jones, has released a full statement on his death. Funeral was yesterday.
George Jones has left us. We have lost one of the most individual singers of all time. I cannot express the emptiness I feel. George was as country as it can get, but he was beyond any bag
you want to put him in. He was pure American music without ever waving a
flag – you can hear a million imitations on the radio every day – but
there was, and ever will be, only one George Jones.
He possessed the most touching voice, the most expressive ways of
projecting that beautiful instrument of anyone I can call to mind. You
heard his heart in every note he sang. Sinatra called him the second
best singer ever. (The number one obviously being Frank!). I would
I truly loved 'the possum.' He was a crazy as me, and just as free… and, oh boy, could he hang.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Keith on George: Stray Cat Blues
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