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Thirty Seven Years Ago: George Jones Hit #1 With ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’

Thirty Seven Years Ago: George Jones Hit #1 With ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’

On this date, July 5th, in 1980, George Jones took his signature song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time. It was released in April 1980 as the lead single from the album I Am What I Am. The song was Jones’s first solo No. 1 single in six years. The melancholy song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman. The week after Jones’ death the song re-entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 21. As of November 13, 2013, the single has sold 521,000 copies in the United States. Since 2008 it has been preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry.

Alan Jackson sang the song during George Jones’ funeral service on May 2, 2013. George Strait and Jackson sang the song as a tribute during the 2013 CMA Awards on November 6, 2013.

Rita Ballou

July 5th, 2017

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