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Artists Mourn George Jones's Passing


The news of George Jones's death Friday was felt deeply all over Nashville and the country music community across the nation.  After word went out about his passing, artist reaction began streaming in:

-- Martina McBride got to meet George Jones several times and even performed on his television program, The George Jones Show, in the '90s. Martina has also been singing Jones' duet with Tammy Wynette, "Golden Ring," on the road with George Strait this year, too.

Like everyone in the country music community, Martina was deeply affected by Jones's passing.  She tells ABC News Radio, "I really think George Jones's voice was country music. I've spent so many hours listening to George, and he just knew his way around a country song. There's a lot of people that can sing country music, but there's something about George, his voice, he just knew what to do with a country song. To make it come alive, and to have so much emotion, and just make you feel it."

Everyone who knew George Jones knows his spunky wife Nancy, who is credited with keeping the country legend on the straight and narrow after drugs and alcohol nearly took his life in the early '80s.  Martina says, "All of our thoughts and prayers are with her and the family and we are grateful to her for helping him and for keeping him around for us to enjoy for many more years. And for really being his salvation in a way."

It's hard for Martina to pick her favorite George Jones song, but if she had to choose one it would be "The Grand Tour."  "It just kills me every time," says Martina. "It's so perfect. You know, the way he sings it. Oh, it's just -- for me, that's my ultimate George Jones song." 

Garth Brooks -- "The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die.  Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music."

Loretta Lynn -- "It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”

Dolly Parton -- "My heart is absolutely broken. George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world. My heart goes out to Nancy and the rest of his family."

Luke Bryan -- "George. You will be deeply missed. Thanks for the beautiful memories."

Carrie Underwood -- Carrie posted a picture of herself with George Jones on the back of a motorcycle. The caption said, "Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will. ."

Scotty McCreery -- "RIP George Jones. A country music legend who will be truly missed."

Scotty McCreery -- "RIP George Jones. A country music legend who will be truly missed."

Josh Turner -- "I am shocked and saddened by George Jones' passing. He was a top-notch
country vocalist and taught me so much about what the voice can really do if you let it. He was a good man, he was passionate about country music, and made me want to be a better artist every time I listened to one of his records. Heaven got a little countrier today. We'll miss you George!"

Dierks Bentley -- "man…heartbroken. Nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. Love you nancy. Long live the possum. Gonna miss my buddy. Real Sad."

Terri Clark -- "I just heard that we lost one of our biggest legends in country music today. We will do our best to fill your shoes Mr. George Jones- RIP."

Faith Hill -- "We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away…Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family."

George Strait -- "RIP in George Jones THANK YOU for everything!!"

Blake Shelton -- "Really REALLY bad news. We've lost a country music legend. And I've lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones..."

Alan Jackson -- "Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”

Kacey Musgraves -- "That angel choir just got a whole lot better this morning.. #RIP #GeorgeJones."

The Band Perry's Neil Perry  -- "Country music and the world lost a true legend today... Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed."

Jason Aldean -- "So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones today. Country music has lost one of our pioneers and legendary icons. You will never be forgotten."

Keith Urban -- "If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!"  Keith also posted a video on YouTube of him performing the chorus of "He Stopped Loving Her Today," ending with Keith saying, "Rest in peace, George.  We love you."

Brad Paisley -- "My friend, the greatest singer of all time ,has passed. To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now."

Kenny Chesney -- "He had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered. You cant get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and that's why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time."

Jennifer Nettles -- "George could interpret a story so achingly beautifully. An artist and an alchemist, he turned his own pain into the gold of his wonderful music."

Barbara Mandrell -- "I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say 'George Jones'. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend."

Merle Haggard -- "The world may have lost the greatest country singer that ever lived."

Little Big Town -- "There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones"

Miley Cyrus - "God bless Mr. Jones and his family. Especially Mrs.Nancy.... That was family. my fav record I AM WHAT I AM will be on repeat today."

Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox -- "He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes."

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