Country Legend George Jones Dies: Rockers Pay Tribute Via Twitter
Great music knows no boundaries and it says a lot about the life and musical legacy of late country music great George Jones that those responding to his death include musicians that fall outside of his genre. Jones passed away Friday (April 26) at the age of 81 after a much-celebrated career in country music.
Jones enjoyed a wealth of No. 1 country songs, beginning with ‘White Lightning’ in 1959 and continuing through ‘I Always Get Lucky With You’ in 1983. Some of his biggest hits were ‘She Thinks I Still Care,’ ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ and ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,’ a duet with country superstar Barbara Mandrell.
Some of the rock artists who offered their condolences and tributes on the passing of George Jones included Tom Morello, Nikki Sixx, Bret Michaels, Saving Abel and Staind‘s Aaron Lewis. Lewis, who has also spent time working as a solo artist in country music, actually had Jones appear as a guest on his hit single ‘Country Boy.’ Their twitter comments can be read below:
Sad to hear of the passing of one of the all-time greats, George Jones.It was an honor to have him on “Country Boy” RIP, Possum. – AL
— Aaron Lewis (@AaronLewisMusic) April 26, 2013
RIP country titan George Jones. Raw honest music.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) April 26, 2013
RIP George Jones. What a huge loss to music.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) April 26, 2013
— bretmichaels (@bretmichaels) April 26, 2013
Sad day for more than country music. George Jones was an amazing musician. RIP.
— SavingAbel (@SavingAbel) April 26, 2013
Country music lost a legend today. George Jones is one of the greatest of all time. Rest in peace my friend. – Kid Rock
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) April 27, 2013
The passing of George Jones is a sobering reminder that the greats are gradually leaving us & moving on.
— Slash (@Slash) April 27, 2013
Jones was set to tour this spring, but was recently hospitalized with a fever and irregular blood pressure and died after suffering acute hypoxia. He had intended to retire from music after the 2013 run to spend more time with his family.