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George Jones — The Complete United Artists Solo Singles

George Jones — The Complete United Artists Solo Singles

George Jones

The Complete United Artists Solo Singles

Release date: February 12, 2013


From the King of country music, 32 A & B sides of Hardcore ’60s Honky Tonk

“Country music is like a religion to me!” George Jones once told liner notes author Holly George-Warren, and listening to this collection of the great singer’s United Artists singles from 1962-1966 will make a believer out of you. The diversity of material is astounding. You hear Jones master all the flavors of vintage country: lovelorn ballads, inspirational gospel, uptempo honky-tonk, humorous novelty numbers, old-timey murder ballads—even holiday and Western songs.

United Artists was the third home for George Jones’ output since his 1954 debut on the Starday label in his native Texas. His manager and producer Harold “Pappy” Daily signed him to United Artists (UA) following a stint at Mercury, where he scored his first #1 hit, “White Lightning,” in 1959, followed by 1961’s “Tender Years.” Most of the UA recordings transpired in Nashville, with Jones backed by Music City’s A-team: guitarist Grady Martin, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Pig Robbins, and Hal Rugg on steel guitar, Tommy Jackson on fiddle, and Kelso Herston on electric 6-string bass. The Jordanaires provided the background choruses, part of the Nashville Sound that Jones adopted for his hardcore country.

Right out of the box at UA, Jones hit the jackpot again with his third chart-topper, “She Thinks I Still Care” backed with the gorgeous ballad, “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win,” also a hit. Both sides of the plaintive single pointed the way to the kind of material that in Jones’ hands would become his signature style, leading to such landmark recordings as 1980’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

“She Thinks I Still Care” almost didn’t get cut, however. It was penned by Dickey Lee, the Texas songwriter that later that year had a #6 pop hit with Barry Mann and Larry Koblerhe’s “Patches.” Songwriter and producer Jack Clement, who’d left Memphis’ Sun Records behind to operate Gulf Coast Recording Studio in Beaumont, Texas, pitched it to Jones. But it wasn’t an easy sale for Clement, whose publishing company handled the song. George told him, “I don’t think I like it too much. It’s got too damn many ‘just becauses’ in it. Clement tweaked it, making it a bit more country, according to Bob Allen, who recounts the story in his 1984 Jones biography. “After [Clement] agreed to relinquish half the publishing royalties to George and the hard-bargaining Pappy Daily, George finally relented and recorded it,” writes Allen. Soon after its release, “She Thinks I Still Care” lodged at the top of Billboard’s C&W chart for six weeks. By year’s end, the smash had been chosen 1962’s “Favorite Country Music Single” by the nation’s DJs in Billboard’s annual poll.


    CD Track List:
    Side 1:

  1. She Thinks I Still Care
  2. Sometimes You Just Can’t Win
  3. Beacon In The Night
  4. He Made Me Free
  5. Open Pit Mine
  6. Geronimo
  7. He’s So Good To Me
  8. Magic Valley
  9. A Girl I Used To Know
  10. Big Fool Of The Year
  11. Not What I Had In Mind
  12. I Saw Me
  13. Lonely Christmas Call
  14. My Mom And Santa Claus (Twistin’ Santa Claus)
  15. You Comb Her Hair
  16. Ain’t It Funny What A Fool Will Do
  17. Your Heart Turned Left (And I Was On The Right)
  18. My Tears Are Overdue
  19. Something I Dreamed
  20. Where Does A Little Tear Come From
  21. The Race Is On
  22. She’s Lonesome Again
  23. Least Of All
  24. Brown To Blue
  25. Wrong Number
  26. The Old, Old House
  27. What’s Money
  28. I Get Lonely In A Hurry
  29. World’s Worst Lover
  30. I Can’t Change Overnight
  31. Best Guitar Picker
  32. A Good Old Fashioned Cry

Cat: OV-55

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