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George Jones Joins the Small Group of Famous Artists Whose Last Performance Was in Knoxville

The obituaries for George Jones, who died in Nashville this morning, tell the story of his life pretty thoroughly: his early career in Texas; his first hits in the mid-'50s, in a style based on Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb; the years of alcoholism, drug abuse, and domestic chaos; the return, in 1980, with "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which became his signature song; and a graceful final act, nearly 30 years long, during which he became widely--and rightly--regarded as the best country music singer ever. 

The only local addition of note is that Jones concluded his performing career in Knoxville earlier this month, with his concert at the Civic Coliseum on April 6. It was part of what had already been announced as his last tour ever; as it is, Jones now joins a select group of famous performers whose last concert was in Knoxville: the composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads

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