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George’s Hit Turns 38

1980 – George Jones records “He Stopped Loving Her Today” at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville.  After recording it he didn’t believe it was a hit, and he wasn’t shy at telling his producer Billy Sherrill so. “I looked Billy square in the eye and said, ‘Nobody will buy that morbid son of a bitch,'” the Nashville star recalled in his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All.

The accolades for the song were immediate, as it won Grammy, Academy of Country Music, and CMA awards. The song remains one of the highlights of country music history.  In 2009, it was chosen for the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board’s selections.

Needless to say, Mr. Jones was wrong.

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