Trivia / George Jones

  • Breakthrough Hit: "White Lightning".
  • Fan Nickname: "The Possum" and "No-Show Jones." The former got a Shout-Out in "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair."
  • Old Shame: He recorded some rockabilly records in the fifties as "Thumper" Jones, and has openly admitted to these being an old shame.
  • Reality Subtext: Even at the time they were released, it was hard for people not to see all those torch songs and songs about failed marriages as comments on his relationship with Tammy Wynette. The fact that she performed with him on several of them did nothing to discourage that speculation.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: His 1989 single "The King Is Gone (And So Are You)" was pulled because it contained the phrase "yabba-dabba-doo" and thus was the subject of a lawsuit threat from Hanna-Barbera.
  • Technology Marches On: "High-Tech Redneck" falls victim to this. Released in 1993, the song lists off the numerous ways the titular redneck employs then-state-of-the-art technology to further his hillbilly lifestyle, including watching sports on his big-screen TV with stereo sound, listening to country music via cassette (already outdated, as CDs had outstripped cassette sales by that time), and calling up his baby on his cellular phone. It can be argued that the song becomes funnier as the eponymous redneck's tech becomes increasingly outdated.