By The Boot Staff
Filed under: Country News
One of the most iconic singers in country music history has died. George Jones
passed away Friday, April 26, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Fame member was 81.
Born in Saratoga, Texas, in 1931, Jones was one of eight children and sang on the streets for tips as a child, in order to help his struggling family put food on the table. He taught himself how to play guitar and dreamed of one day performing at the Grand Ole Opry, which he would listen to on the radio.
Jones' teenage years were spent playing in dive bars in Beaumont, Texas, as well as a few gigs singing on local radio. He married Dorothy Bonvillion in 1950 and welcomed his first daughter, Susan, shortly after. The couple divorced a year later, and the singer joined the U.S. Marines. He was stationed in California during the Korean War but never served overseas.