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George Jones "The
George Jones first hit the charts in the 1950's. In
April 1999, he celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his
Number One record, White Lightning. It was also the year
that Jones won his second Grammy as Best Male Country Vocalist for his
performance on the single "Choices." His only previous Grammy was in 1981 for
his performance of "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Jones' Gold-selling 1999 COLD HARD TRUTH CD reminded fans and critics alike why
he's considered "the greatest living country singer." "Choices," the first
single from that album marked his 164th charted record. The Keith Stegall
produced project earned Jones some of the best reviews of his already
illustrious career and ensured his place in the new millennium of country music.
Whether the times have favored honky tonk songs or lushly
produced "pop" offerings, George Jones has continued to make his brand of
country music, which has produced hits in every decade of the second half of the
20th century. In fact, Jones has had more charted singles than any other artist
in any format in the history of popular music.
Songwriter, singer, guitar player, writer of the 1942 hit
song “Pistol Packin Mama.” It sold
million singles in 22 months and after only seven months 200,000 copies of the
sheet music were sold. Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters had a hit with it in
1943. Willie Nelson recently recorded it on his newest album.
Ray Winkler wrote the country music classic “Welcome to my World.”
135 artists have recorded their version of the song including Jim Reeves, Eddy
Arnold, Elvis Presley, Mel Tillis, Nat Stuckey, Dean Martin, Ray Price and most
recently Raul Malo and Steve Wariner. To date, “Welcome To My World” has had
2,200,000 performances around the world. Another song in Ray’s publishing
company, Neillrae Music, “Gotta Walk Alone” has just been released on the new
“Willie Nelson Country Music” CD. Ray was present when Jim Reeves was inducted
into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, attending the event annually until
his unexpected death in 1998. He was excited about the new Tex Ritter Museum
and the tribute it would pay to an industry he dearly loved.