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Friday, May 3, 2013

Keith on George: Stray Cat Blues

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 contest that.

I truly loved 'the possum.' He was a crazy as me, and just as free… and, oh boy, could he hang.


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