He Stopped Loving Her Today: George Jones, Billy Sherrill, by Jack Isenhour

By Jack Isenhour

Whilst George Jones recorded "He Stopped Loving Her this present day" greater than thirty years in the past, he was once a jogging catastrophe. dual addictions to medications and alcohol had him consuming Jim Beam by way of the case and snorting cocaine so long as he used to be conscious. sooner than it was once over, Jones will be bankrupt, homeless, and an unwilling sufferer at an Alabama psychological establishment. in the course of all this chaos, mythical manufacturer Billy Sherrill-the guy who came across Tammy Wynette and cowrote "Stand via Your Man"-would one way or the other coax the functionality of an entire life out of the mercurial Jones. the outcome used to be a rustic masterpiece.He Stopped Loving Her this present day, the tale in the back of the making of the tune frequently voted the easiest kingdom track ever through either critics and fanatics, deals an outline of kingdom music's origins and a look for the music's elusive Holy Grail: authenticity. The schizoid backside line-even although nation tune is undeniably a department of the make think global of express biz, to fanatics and students alike, authenticity is still the last word degree of the music's energy.

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The point? So what? Who cares about the sins of the artist? Tell us what the art is guilty of. Cue scholar Joli Jensen. “Is something that is commercially produced necessarily bad? ” she asks. No and no. ” Likewise, if the music is good, it doesn’t matter who is and who isn’t in it for the money. So the critics need to shut up about everybody’s bank account and just listen to the damn music. 3 The Country Music Dialectic The music industry has a pendulum that swings from pop to traditional. There is nothing new under the sun.

Case Study Number One. In 2002, an interview with the late, great Harlan Howard appeared in Guitar Pull: Conversations with Country Music’s Legendary Songwriters by Philip Self. Philip Self: “You were born in Harlan County, Kentucky. ” Harlan Howard: “That’s not true. ” Seems Detroit wasn’t country enough for Howard’s handler when he was first getting started in the country music business in the early sixties. ” “So we picked Lexington. ” And some forty years later, Howard was still trying to get it all straightened out.

So there we were, wandering around Paducah in the dark in a steady rain looking for the Executive Inn or “the E,” as locals call it, a sprawling, 434-room hotel on the banks of the Ohio River where George would be singing that night. All talked out after two hours in the car, there was soon nothing but Kristofferson’s “windshield wipers slapping time” as we worked our way around the sheer outer walls of the humongous 36 George Jones Live Executive Inn looking for an opening. In the dark, the driver made a wrong turn into an empty lot and then backtracked, gravel crunching beneath the tires.

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