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George Jones

(Singer; born September 12, 1931, in Saratoga, Texas– died aged 81 April 26, 2013)The best way to know country music is to listen to George Jones.Blessed with a voice that sounds like no other and a style that is definitely his own, the man who helped make country music cool remains at 77, as of September 2008, one of the vital forces in American music. “There’s no mistaking his influence,” noted The Washington Post, about the man who had his first No. 1 hit in 1959, “his name synonymous with emotionally unvarnished and unguarded honky-tonk music, a rallying cry for singers half his age.”   Once famously singled out by Frank Sinatra as “the second best singer in America,” Jones is in fact “the personification of cool,” according to the Toronto Star.