Online Now: George Jones' 'Personal Best' Podcast & Funeral Info

Thursday, 02 May 2013 06:03 AM Written by 


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This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast looks at George Jones' Personal Best.

In 2001 I interviewed Jones for the PG. He was to perform at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse out in Burgettstown.  The interview went well as he talked about the near-fatal 1999 car crash that scared him out of a quiet relapse back into alcohol.  He also discussed his recording career.  I asked him for his ten favorite George Jones singles and he obliged.

This is the 2001 interview, if you haven't seen it.

Click Here for the podcast.

Podcast Correction: Jack Clement, who played the song for George, had published "She Thinks I Still Care," but the song was actually written by Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy.  Clement did alter the melody as he played the song for George.  Connie Francis recorded a pop version as "He Thinks I Still Care."  A dumb oversight on my part.

The Funeral takes place today at 10 AM Central time at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville: the services are full of heavy hitters: Randy Travis, former First Lady Laura Bush, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.

The eulogies will be delivered by an interesting group: Barbara Mandrell, Bill Haslam, the Governor of Tennessee and Bob Schieffer, host of CBS News' Face The Nation. If Schieffer seems an odd choice, bear in mind he's been a country fan all his life and even made a record with a Washington DC-based band called Honky Tonk Confidential. 

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