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George Jones, American country music star, was born on 12th Sept. 1931

George Jones, American country music star, was born on 12th Sept. 1931

Born in Saratoga, Texas in 1931, George Jones was exposed to both gospel music in church and country music on the family radio, and after he was a given a guitar at the age of 9 was soon busking on the streets. He left home at 16 and got work on radio, then joined the Marine Corps, although avoided service in Korea, and sang in bars around his base in California. As his career took off, his drinking habit expanded with it, and his consumption was legendary. Nevertheless, he scored with a seemingly never-ending string of hits, with country No. 1s in every decade from the 50s to the 80s, starting with "White Lightning" in 1959. He married fellow country star Tammy Wynette in 1969, a relationship which lasted 6 years. His career, successful as it is, was sometimes threatened by his self-destructive bent that bwas exacerbated by cocaine use, and he was often called "No-Show Jones" because of the number of gigs he missed. His married his current wife Nancy in 1983, and she got him back on the straight and narrow. Hs style of country music sits at the heart of the genre's output over the last few decades, and he has been recognised with many awards, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. Acrobat has on catalogue an album of his 'live' recordings - for details click here.

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