Country music stars past and present, including industry legends such as Loretta Lynn, attended George Jones' funeral in the spring of 2013 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. Some, including Kenny Chesney, performed some of Jones' better known songs in tribute to the country music icon.Continue Reading
Barbara Mandrell spoke of Jones comforting her when she was a frightened 13-year-old attempting to achieve a foothold in the country music business. Former First Lady, Laura Bush, told those gathered about how she played his music on the jukebox, and Vince Gill recalled Jones calling him "sweet pea." Others who sang at Jones' funeral included Wynonna Judd, whose performance of "How Great Thou Art" inspired a standing ovation, and Randy Travis, who sang "Amazing Grace," a hymn Jones himself was fond of singing. Charlie Daniels delivered a spoken tribute to Jones, calling him the most imitated country music artist of all time.
Bush wasn't the only non-country music celebrity to attend the service. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee both spoke to mourners. CBS television news host Bob Schieffer shared highlights of a 2009 interview he conducted with the famous country singer. In what may have been surprising to traditional Jones fans, rock and roll singer Kid Rock covered the late singer's "Best of Me," appearing to win over the crowd in the process.Learn more about Art & Literature