Jones, George (Glenn )
- Bill C. Malone
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(b Saratoga, TX, Sept 12, 1931; d Nashville, TN, April 26, 2013). American country music singer and songwriter. Growing up near Beaumont, Texas, he drew his earliest inspiration from church music and such country-music singers as Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff, and Hank Williams. After a stint in the marine corps, Jones was signed to Starday Records in 1954 and began an association with the producer and manager Pappy Daily which lasted through 1968. During that period he developed a distinctive and much admired vocal style exploiting extreme contrasts in register and dynamics and often singing with his teeth clenched and throat constricted to maximize the emotional effect of his songs. With the success of his recordings for Starday, Mercury-Starday, Mercury, United Artists, and Musicor, Jones became a champion for traditional hard-core country music. In 1969 he married the country-music singer tammy Wynette and their recordings for Epic, produced by Billy Sherrill, molded the pair into one of the most successful country-music duos until their divorce in ...