Last weekend I rushed to pen my tribute to George Jones – and I must admit a motivation was the concern that in this day and age no one might notice the death of a man whose highest ever chart placing even in the US had been #53.
It seems this week I needn’t have worried – no less a luminary than Keith Richards took the unusual step of going public with his thoughts.
Is this perhaps the greatest epitaph ever given who penned it?
“[George] was as crazy as me … just as free, and, oh boy, could he hang.”
And then in an almost greater contribution Richards reminded the world of maybe the greatest two edged compliment ever. Frank Sinatra described Jones as “the second greatest singer ever”. No prizes for guessing #1 in Frank’s head. Good excuse to play this however:
One more for the celestial road!