Listen: Bob Allen talks about George Jones on the Breakfast Club show
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Bob Allen, author of George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, met up with the folks at the Breakfast Club on WBUT in Butler, Pa., to talk about his book and the life of George Jones! Check out the podcast here.
George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend by Bob Allen is a hard-hitting portrait of one of the most revered singers in the history of country music. Jones’s nearly six-decade-long career has had a profound impact on modern country music and has influenced several younger generations of singers, including Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, and others.
Jones, who died last year at the age of 81, recorded classics like “Why, Baby, Why” (1955), “Window Up Above” (1960), “The Race is On” (1964), “Golden Ring” (1976 as a duet with ex-wife tammy Wynette) and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980). These Jones hits and others have earned indelible inclusion in the pantheon of all-time country classics. Along the way, Jones recorded duets with everyone from Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, and Elvis Costello to Ray Charles, Keith Richards, and Gene Pitney.
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For his longevity and influence, Jones was awarded Kennedy Center Honors in 2008, and that same year, was inducted into the Country Music Hal of Fame. In 2012, he earned a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
In George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, Allen recounts Jones’s larger-than-life tale of rags to riches and (at least for awhile) back to rags again. From the start, Jones’s life, as often reflected in his music, was shaped by misdirection, chaos, turmoil, and emotional strife aggravated by a ferocious appetite for alcohol. Fame and adulation seemed to only intensify his personal travails. As he once observed, “All my life, it seems like I’ve been running from something. If I knew what it was, maybe I could run in the right direction, but I always seem to end up going the other way.”