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During the 1980s, George Jones found a comfortable niche in the country market, cranking out slow heartbreak ballads. Like Chips Moman and other hot Nashville producers of the era, Billy Sherrill set Jones’ vocals against easy-listening instrumental backgrounds, complete with electric piano, effects- heavy guitar, marimba, and celeste. The goal was to entice a crossover audience, as Willie Nelson had done with Always On My Mind’ and his subsequent middle-of-the-road recordings.
Both albums are very much a product of those times and as always, Jones acquits himself well. It has been said that he would sound good singing the telephone book, and he certainly sounds good singing these songs.
George Jones – during the last 20 years or so of his lifetime – was frequently referred to as “the greatest living country singer”. Country music scholar Bill C. Malone writes, “For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved.”
George Jones had more than 150 hits during his career, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.
Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes was released in 1985 and reached #6 in the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. The singles, ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes’ reached #3, ‘The One I Loved Back Then’ also reached #3 and ‘Somebody Wants Me Out Of The Way’ # 9. Wine Colored Roses a year later peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and went Gold.
WHO’S GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES
1. WHO’S GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES
3. THEONEILOVEDBACKTHEN(THECORVETTE SONG)
4. IF I PAINTED A PICTURE
5. IFYOUCANTOUCHHERATALL- with Lynn Anderson
6. SOMEBODY WANTS ME OUT OF THE WAY
7. A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE FOR YOU
8. IF ONLY YOU’D LOVE ME AGAIN
9. CALL THE WRECKER FOR MY HEART
10.THAT’S GOOD-THAT’S BAD – with Lacy J. Dalton WINE COLORED ROSES
11.WINE COLORED ROSES
12.I TURN TO YOU
13.THE RIGHT LEFT HAND
14.DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT TAKING YOUR SILVER
15.THE VERY BEST OF ME
17.YOU NEVER LOOKED THAT GOOD WHEN YOU WERE MINE – with Patti Page
18.IF ONLY YOUR EYES COULD LIE
20.THESE OLD EYES HAVE SEEN IT ALL
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