UNDATED (WCBI)-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. Jones died today at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had number 1 songs in five separate decades 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, Jones recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music.