George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81.
Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure. Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others. In a career that lasted more than 50 years, “Possum” recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.
Carrie Underwood’s latest single “See You Again” was almost in the movies. Carrie explains how the song almost found its way to a Disney treasure: “See You Again’ actually started… We were writing for ‘Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and I loved ‘See You Again’ and honestly thought they might pick that one for the movie I was like, ‘Seriously like whatever we don’t use I want for my album’ but it just… ‘See You Again’ fit it fit this album. And I’m so glad that was like the first one we had in the can. It’s like, ‘Okay, that one will be on the album’ and I’ve loved it for that long.”
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon on Monday, Brad Paisley was one of the first country stars to tweet about it praying for the victims of this senseless act of terror. Paisley is celebrating this week with news that his Wheelhouse album top the Top Country Albums chart with over 100,000 copies sold, but he still took time to comment on what happened in Boston: “It’s horrifying and I mean it’s the most cowardly act to put a bomb somewhere and run especially in a place full of civilians. That is really cowardly it’s really… It’s amazing that human beings are capable of these things but they are. And they’ll catch these guys I have no doubt about that. They’re gonna get ‘em.”
Faith Hill took to her Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday morning to announce that she would no longer be a part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast. The opening of SNF’s broadcast featured Hill singing her “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” set to the tune of Joan Jett’s hit song “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and the song had become a staple of the NFL’s Sunday night matchups. Faith said, “Amazing 2 have been part of SNF – an honor. I’ve just let everyone there know it’s time 2 let someone else rock the open. Difficult decision. Kinda emotional. Love all u guys at SNF – I’ll b watching!!!” There is still no word on who will replace Hill during the coveted SNF spot.