What a great experience. I loved the man and his music.
I've got one to share -- About 86 or 87, I had tickets to a show in Pigeon Forge TN with the headliner being Conway Twitty. At the last minute, Conway lost his voice, and could not work the show. Well guess who was there to fill in, none other than George Jones. Well I guess he was st a disadvantage because as I understood it, part of the deal was that George would use Conways band. And to round out the story, Nancy did not come with George that nite, and he was drinking. In fact one of the guys in the band told me that George got off the bus with a bottle of Jack black in his hand. And the longer the show went on, the more he was " FEELING NO PAIN ." Well ole George was not getting along too well with Conways band, especially the guy working the sound board. By the end of the show, he raised so much cain with the sound guy, that he just left. Then all the other guys too left the stage because none of them could do anything to suit ole George that nite. It was a rather pitiful ending to what could have been a good show. But I told this story to remind us all that George was a human being like the rest of us, subject to the frailities that we all face. Too soon he left us though, and he will be sorely missed by all who ever heard that sweet voice of his. He will always be a legend to us all.
I have Loved you all my life but, my favorite is HE QUIT LOVING HER TODAY. R.I.P.
John Van Mol
Rhonda, maybe this is a clue about why George was so struck with your voice. They were playing "all George Jones" on Sirius today (Roadhouse Channel), and I heard one he recorded early in his career with Melba Montgomery. I would have sworn it was Rhonda Vincent. Just like Melba's he obviously realized that your voice and his went well together. Thanks for your remembrance. JVM
rhonda how sweet you are to say what u did. we loved george jones we have seen him many times. and i wont to say we love you and your brothers are awsome. we watch rfd all the time. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS AND PRAYERS FOR NANCY GEORGETTE AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY. WOULD LOVE TO COME AND SEE HIM FOR THE LAST TIME BUT, IM SURE WE CANT. WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF WE CAN. I SEEN ELVIS WHEN HE PASSED AWAY. WILL NEVER FORGET THAT. GEORGE JONES YOU WERE THE BEST IN MY BOOK. GOD PLS TAKE CARE OF GEORGE. LOVE YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. DONT HAVE NO MONEY BUT, WE HAVE JESUS.
Wonderful stories. You must be awesome for George to have thought so well of you. I pray you have continued success in your career. There really is only a barely noticeable fine line between traditional country and Blue Grass. So keep doing what comes naturally to you and you will be happy and acknowledged by your peers and fans alike. If you actually read this send me an email with info on how I can obtain your albums.
Good story Rhonda. George Jones was one of my favorites back in the 50's when he first started getting popular and remained that way until today and will till I start pushing up dandelions. My wife and I are singing at a Retirement Village this Friday and I will be doing an entire show of George Jones songs. I won't sound nearly as good as he did but I will do them in remembrance of him. Keep up the good work gal, you are one of the best female artists in the business.
tson we all are aware
he first time I saw George in person was awesome he would sing some then leave they would talk him back , he looked so down for the reason we all know but then he got it all together and I applauded him all the way because I loved his music ,but I am also aware that he was as human as any other person when in pain hey but by the grace of god is any person in pain this is messing up but I need to say rip George I saw u come back from a dark place in your life and loved u right on u were 1 of the best my friendss orry this is so broken but its from my heart that's what counts betty Hoskins knight u will be missed so s there is me u or any is a that ny pers
I know how u are feeling, as well I find my self thinking about all his music I grew up listening to. Then I got the chance to work on music row in the cafe. There we often had many of the stars come in and eat. I was lucky enough to meet him. I remember him saying to me come sit and have a beer with me. I tried to explain that I was pregant and couldn't drink, but he didnt take no for an answer. While we were talking I told him about my dad and how he loves his music and would love to meet him. He told me to go call him and he would meet him, so I ran to the back room and called my dad and told him who was at the cafe to come down right away. My dad had asked who and I told him George Jones, my dad didnt even say good bye he just hung up and a few minutes later he was there. I was never so excited to see my dad meet someone who he loves and writes songs about. We both sat down and my dad drank coffee while George had his beer and then his dinner. When he was done he gave us both a hug and said he hope to see us again. Well he had seen my dad sense then and we both have went to his concerts. My dad and I will miss him. In fact my dad wrote another song about him right after he heard about him passing away and cried most of the day. George Jones you will be missed!! Rest in peace my friend!!
Such a beautiful writing from you Rhonda! Thank you for sharing it! I drove 13 hours in the car from Jacksonville, NC to Ashtabula, Ohio yesterday. I was lucky to have a satellite radio in the vehicle and for most of the ride I listened to a George Jones tribute! WOW is all I can say!
Rhonda what you wrote was wonderful. I want to thank you once again for getting me backstage at the grand Ole Opry. I was with Donny Roberts and Bill Lear that night and it was the most incredible night for me. I walked up to Skeeter Davis and said i have been listening to your music since i was a little boy and she said you make me feel old and i just said give me a big hug and she did. And i talked so many that night. I will never forget that night as long as i live. I cant tell you really how many George Jones songs i have sang over the years. All i can say is that he made a big impact on my voice controll. And yes i got to meet him several times in my life. Him and countless other great singers. I have been crying like i did when Waylon died. Thank you so much for keeping it country. You and Leona and so many others i have deep respect for. I love your album with Gene Watson. Thank you so much for that wonderful story about George Jones.
Such a wonderful message, Rhonda! Good memories are the best and you have some great ones. Thanks for sharing! You are smart to write them down, as well because even the important ones tend to fade, somewhat, if they are not properly recorded... Keep up your good work and God Bless!
Its sad to think of George being gone and I guess one of the first things I thought of is that real country music is about gone with his passing. Its seems when artists like George and Merle are around country music sounds so much different and true and they inspire other artists to follow suit I guess.I play the steel guitar and traditional country is what I do and Georges passing seems to have left a big hole in my country soul. I never met him as you have so I can only say I'm sorry you lost a dear friend but I listen to him sing and realise we all lost someone very special and I'm glad that I can at least keep him alive in my music. And by the way Rhonda George was right, You are super talented and earn everything you get. God bless you And god bless George Jones.
I played music in Ohio and Kentucky for 30 years . When hs stoped loving her today came out we was playing the Ohio State Fair I was learning the words to the song . I had the first verse down and the chorse there was a gentleman there wanting hear it . I told him I didnt know it all I done what I knew and he was happy we played 2 more sets . Another man wanted to hear it so I repeated it again . George Jones is a True Legend . If the Country music world would go back to good music and forget the RAP CRAP they are playing I think the industry would be alot better . Rhonda I hope to see you in August when you are in Greenwhich Ohio . I watch the family reunion shows every week I love your Singing . We need more Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincents in the Industry . You both are this crippled musicians Favorite
" Rooster " Min
Sounds like you " Rhonda " have been endorsed as far back as almost twenty years ago by one of the greatest " Country Singers " there has ever been ! It had to be an awesome moment to be called up to join him on stage , and we thank you for sharing that point in time with us . We all knew what a great voice George Jones had for years , but it is obvious he also had good ears too , as he singled you out for your sweet voice . We all know you are " The Queen of Bluegrass " and your great talent for playing your preferred instrument , but George Jones heard something in your voice long ago that speaks to Traditional Country Singing , ie. The fact that he wanted you to bring him your " New " C D . . . . . now which one would that be . . . . . . . The one you did with Gene Watson , or the one called " Taken " ?
Again Thank You for your heartfelt thoughts and great memories that you shared with us , and there is a picture that I took of George Jones back in 1985 at a show here in N C that I think you will appreciate , and will get it to you at some point . My Very Best Regards to You , " Rooster "