Country music superstar George Jones, regarded by many fans, critics, and fellow artists as the greatest of all time, died in Nashville Friday at 81.
During his 60 year-long career, Jones turned out a string of country hits that captured both the sadness of life and the joy of living.
The Texas-born Jones began singing on street corners and on local radio. He made his first record in 1954.
His award-winning signature song, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," is regarded by many fans as an enduring classic of the genre.
Jones' off-stage life was as momentous as his music, including battles with alcoholism and drugs, fights, car accidents, and failed marriages.
He often failed to show up for concerts, earning the nickname "No Show Jones,"