Country music legend George Jones died Friday at age 81, according to a news release. The Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member and Kennedy Center Honoree was hospitalized last week in Nashville with fever and irregular blood pressure. Jones had been in the midst of a yearlong farewell tour to conclude his 50-year career.
Jones’ first No. 1 hit came in 1959 with “White Lightning,” and he went on to such hits as “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and popular duets with Tammy Wynette like “We’re Gonna Hold On” and “Golden Ring.”
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