George Jones passes away at 81

George Jones has passed away at the age of 81.  He was a country artist known for many things including his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing, and a famous marriage to Tammy Wynette.  Over the past 20 years, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer

George’s publicist says Jones died this morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

George’s final concert was scheduled for November 22nd of this year.  It will probably now turn into one of the most amazing tribute shows ever.  Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Lawrence, Patty Loveless, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, and T. Graham Brown were all previously confirmed to join George Jones on the final concert of his career at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Each of these performers were part of George’s hit recording, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.”  The sold out show was also set to feature appearances from Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Shelby Lynne, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson, among others.

Jones is survived by his wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.