The Great Voice Of George Jones
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
Country music is full of characters, and Monday we'll hear from a great one: George Jones.
(Soundbite of song, "White Lightning")
Mr. GEORGE JONES: (Singing) Well, in North Carolina way back in the hills lived my old pappy, and he had him a still.
BLOCK: George Jones has been called the greatest living country singer. He's also called The Possum. Here's why.
Mr. JONES: Actually, it was an album cover, the "White Lightning" album. A side view, and my crew cut had just been freshly cut and my nose kind of focused like it - um -had a bigger dip in it. I guess I looked like a possum a little bit. Everywhere you'd go, there was jockeys calling me possum. I didn't like it at first, but then I kept looking in the mirror every morning and I said, good god, you've got them little, beady eyes.
(Soundbite of laughter)
(Soundbite of song, "White Lightening")
Mr. JONES: (Singing) My eyes bugged out and my face turned blue. Lightnin' started flashing, thunder started crashin', whew, white lightning.
BLOCK: George Jones likes these up-tempo songs. But as he told me, he's crazy about a ballad. A visit with George Jones, one of our 50 great voices, Monday, on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.
(Soundbite of song, "Walk Through the World with Me")
Mr. JONES: (Singing) Walk through the world with me. Go where I go. Share all the dreams with me, I need you so.
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