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GEORGE GLENN JONES was born in 1931 in the East Texas town of Saratoga. As a kid he sang for tips on the streets of nearby Beaumont. By age 24, he had been married twice, served in the Marines and was a veteran of the Texas honky-tonk circuit. On a recording session in 1955 for Starday Records, producer Pappy Dailey suggested he quit singing like his idols, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and try singing like George Jones. The result was "Why Baby Why," his first Top Five Hit.

At Starday, JONES made rockabilly records as Thumper Jones. As many artists did at the time, Jones also played guitar and sang the "hits of the day" on radio shows. During one of these radio shows, George had the opportunity to play guitar for his hero, Hank Williams. George remembers that day with awe and said, "When he started to sing, I was star struck and never hit a note on the guitar." Jones had his first country #1 at Mercury Records in 1959 with "White Lightning." The hits kept coming and he had #1s with "Tender Years," "She Thinks I Still Care" "The Window Up Above" "The Race Is On" and "Walk Through This World With Me."

JONES, the top male singer in country music, married country music's hottest new female artist Tammy Wynette in 1969. He soon joined Wynette's label, Epic Records, where he enjoyed an extremely successful 20-year association with producer Billy Sherrill. His hits included "The Grand Tour" "A Picture Of Me Without You" and "The Door" and, while his marriage to Wynette was stormy, they were perfect duet partners and their hits included "We're Gonna Hold On," "Golden Ring" and "Near You."