George Jones – The Window Up Above


George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931) is an American country music singer known for his long list of hit records, his distinctive voice and phrasing, and his marriage to Tammy Wynette.

Over the past 20 years, Jones has frequently been referred to as “the greatest living country singer.” Country music scholar Bill C. Malone writes, “For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved.”

Throughout his long career, Jones made headlines often as much for tales of his drinking, stormy relationships with women, and violent rages as for his prolific career of making records and touring. His wild lifestyle led to Jones missing many performances, earning him the nickname “No Show Jones.” With the help of his fourth wife, Nancy, he has been sober for many years. Jones chalked up more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.

Early life

George Glenn Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas and raised in Vidor, Texas, along with his brother and five sisters (another sister died young before George was born),[ and was exposed to music from an early age from his parents’ record collection and listening to the gospel music he heard in church or in a barn. When George was seven the Jones family bought a radio which introduced George to the country music that would become his life. The gift of a guitar when Jones was a boy of nine soon saw him busking for money on the streets of his hometown of Beaumont.

Jones left home at 16 and headed for Jasper, Texas where he found work singing and playing on a local radio station. Before he was out of his teens he married his first wife, Dorothy, but their union didn’t last a full year and Jones joined the United States Marine Corps. Despite the Korean War being fought at the time Jones was not sent overseas; instead, he sang in bars near his base in California. After leaving the Marine Corps his music career took off.

Marriages

Jones was married twice before he turned 24. His first marriage was to Dorothy Bonvillion in 1950, which lasted but a year. They had one daughter, Susan. In 1954, Jones married Shirley Ann Corley. This marriage lasted until 1968 and they had two sons, Jeffrey and Bryan. He next married fellow country musician Tammy Wynette in 1969. They were married until 1975 and had one daughter, Tamala Georgette. Georgette Jones, now a published country singer in her own right, has performed on stage with her famous father. He married his current wife, Nancy Sepulveda, on March 4, 1983 in Woodville, Texas. Sepulveda also became his manager. Jones credits Nancy for rescuing him from drinking, as well as cocaine consumption. The couple currently live in Franklin, Tennessee.

Wives

Nancy Sepulveda (March 4, 1983 – present) Tammy Wynette (February 16, 1969 – March 13, 1975) (divorced) 1 daughter Shirley Ann Corley (September 14, 1954 – June 11, 1968) (divorced) 2 sons Dorothy Bonvillion (1950 – 1951) (divorced) 1 daughter

Burl Ives – A Little Bitty Tear


“A Little Bitty Tear” is a song written by the American country songwriter Hank Cochran. It has been recorded by many musical acts, the first being American recording artist, Burl Ives. It has since been recorded by others, including Wanda Jackson, Bing Crosby (for his 1965 album Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits), Chet Atkins, and Cochran himself.
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Marty Robbins – El Paso


Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925–December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. One of the most popular and successful country and Western singers of his era, for most of his nearly four-decade career, Robbins was rarely far from the country music charts, and several of his songs also became pop hits

Biography

Robbins was born in Glendale, a suburb of Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona. He was reared in a difficult family situation. His father took odd jobs to support the family of ten children. His father’s drinking led to divorce in 1937. Among his warmer memories of his childhood, Robbins recalled having listened to stories of the American West told by his maternal grandfather, Texas Bob Heckle. Robbins left the troubled home at the age of 17 to serve in the United States Navy as an LCT coxswain during World War II. He was stationed in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. To pass the time during the war, he learned to play the guitar, started writing songs, and came to love Hawaiian music.

After his discharge from the military in 1945, he began to play at local venues in Phoenix, then moved on to host his own show on KTYL. He thereafter had his own television show on KPHO-TV in Phoenix. After Little Jimmy Dickens made a guest appearance on Robbins’ TV show, Dickens got Robbins a record deal with Columbia Records. Robbins became known for his appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to his recordings and performances, Robbins was an avid race car driver, competing in 35 career NASCAR races with six top 10 finishes, including the 1973 Daytona 500. In 1967, Robbins played himself in the car racing film Hell on Wheels. Robbins was partial to Dodges, and owned and raced Chargers and then a 1978 Dodge Magnum. His last race was in a Junior Johnson built 1982 Buick Regal in the Atlanta Journal 500 on November 7, 1982, the month before he died. In 1983, NASCAR honored Robbins by naming the annual race at Nashville the Marty Robbins 420. He was also driver of the 60th Indianapolis 500 Buick Century pace car in 1976. He was awarded an honorary degree by Northern Arizona University.

In 1948, Robbins married the former Marizona Baldwin (September 11, 1930–July 10, 2001) to whom he dedicated his song “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife”. They had two children, a son Ronny (born 1949) and daughter Janet (born 1959), who also followed a singing career in Los Angeles, California. Robbins later portrayed a musician in the 1982 Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man. Robbins died a few weeks before the film’s release in December 1982 of complications following cardiac surgery. At the time of his death, Robbins lived in Brentwood in Williamson County, outside Nashville. He was interred in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Nashville. The city of El Paso, Texas later honored Robbins by naming a park and a recreational center after him.

Music and honors

Robbins’s 1957 recording of “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. His musical accomplishments include the Grammy Award for his 1959 hit and signature song “El Paso,” taken from his album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. “El Paso” was the first song to hit #1 on the pop chart in the 1960s. It was followed up, successfully, by “Don’t Worry”, which reached #3 on the pop chart in 1961, becoming his third, and last, Top 10 hit. “El Paso” was followed by two sequels: “Faleena” and “El Paso City”, both of which continued the story featured in the original song. Also in 1961, Robbins wrote the words and music and recorded “I Told the Brook,” a ballad later also recorded by Billy Thorpe.

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