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.
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.
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.
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