By CHRIS TALBOTT
The Associated Press- Updated: 3:25 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
When it comes to country music, George Jones was The Voice.
Other great singers have come and gone, but this fact remained inviolate until Jones passed away Friday at 81 in a Nashville hospital after a year of ill health.
He was a beloved and at times a notorious figure in Nashville and his problems were just as legendary as his songs. But when you dropped the needle on one of his records, all that stuff went away. And you were left with The Voice.
Died: April 26, 2013, Nashville