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May 12, 2013

MUSICAL NOTES: Replaying an interview with the late George Jones

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Q: You are known for singing songs about deeply personal topics, but has there been any subject that you felt was too painful to sing about?

A: I think over the years I have covered just about everything, but I fought my producer for a long time on recording “He Stopped Loving Her Today” because I thought it was just too sad. I told him no one would want to hear that sad song ... boy was I wrong.

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Q: You are the master of the duet, which seems to be a lost art form, in your opinion, what makes a great duet?

A: It all starts with the song, but the artists have to complement each other too. Also, it takes a great producer to bring out the best performance in the artists.

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Q: Many forms of music have come and gone, but country seems to have managed to not only retain a loyal fan base, it has managed to stay relevant and bring in younger audiences year after year. What is it about country music that seems to make it so enduring even outside of the south?

A: I truly believe it is because country music touches on subjects that most people can relate to. Most songs tell a story about something that happens to people in life, whether it be good or bad.

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Q: Billy Sherrill convinced you to record “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and it became one of your signature songs. Was there ever a song you recorded that you thought would be a hit and it wasn’t?

A: I think every song you record you think has the potential to be a hit or you wouldn’t record it. Now I know there are songs that are known as “album cuts,” which means, they won’t be released as a single, but you still wouldn’t record it if it wasn’t a song you felt good about, at least I wouldn’t.

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