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* BreakupSong: "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is one of the best examples out there. The breakup is because [[spoiler:the male in the song died]].

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* BreakupSong: "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is one of the best examples out there. The breakup is because [[spoiler:the male man in the song died]].

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: He was very reluctant to record "He Stopped Loving Her Today," thinking that it was too morbid and no one would ever want to play it. [[AndYouThoughtItWouldFail Today it's considered one of the greatest country songs of all time,]] if not ''the'' greatest.

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* MurderBallad: "Radio Lover" has a DJ pre-record a show so that he can sneak out of the station and kill his wife and the man she is cheating on him with.


This change in labels also shifted him to a more ballad-oriented sound, with which he would stick. After he and Wynette divorced, Jones started hitting the bottle and cocaine, causing him to miss more shows and earn the FanNickname "No-Show Jones." He went to rehab, but it didn't do much until 1983; nonetheless, the hits kept coming until the end of the decade. By 1990, a switch to MCA brought a couple of critically-acclaimed albums but no hits. By the time he moved to Asylum Records in the end of the decade, his traditional sound was highly out of favor against the crossover-happy sound still present today. Nonetheless, Jones left a massive influences on the neotraditionalist acts of the eighties, and his songs are widely recorded to this day. In terms of influence and lasting impact, he is arguably the second most important male country artist after Music/HankWilliams.

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This change in labels also shifted him to a more ballad-oriented sound, with which he would stick. After he and Wynette divorced, Jones started hitting the bottle and cocaine, causing him to miss more shows and earn the FanNickname "No-Show Jones." He went to rehab, but it didn't do much until 1983; nonetheless, the hits kept coming until the end of the decade. By 1990, a switch to MCA Creator/{{MCA}} brought a couple of critically-acclaimed albums but no hits. By the time he moved to Asylum Records in the end of the decade, his traditional sound was highly out of favor against the crossover-happy sound still present today. Nonetheless, Jones left a massive influences on the neotraditionalist acts of the eighties, and his songs are widely recorded to this day. In terms of influence and lasting impact, he is arguably the second most important male country artist after Music/HankWilliams.


Jones first recorded for Starday Records in the 1950s, followed by [[ChannelHop stints]] on Mercury, Creator/UnitedArtistsRecords and Musicor. He was no stranger to the troubles that often plagued A-list musicians in his time, either. By 1968, he began drinking heavily and missing shows. His marriage broke up, but he soon wed fellow singer Tammy Wynette, with whom he would record a large number of duets. A dispute over the label's rights regarding duets between the two led to him jumping ship for Wynette's label, Creator/EpicRecords, where he would stay from 1971 until 1990.

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Jones first recorded for Starday Records in the 1950s, followed by [[ChannelHop stints]] on Mercury, Creator/UnitedArtistsRecords [[Creator/MercuryRecords Mercury]], [[Creator/UnitedArtistsRecords United Artists]] and Musicor. He was no stranger to the troubles that often plagued A-list musicians in his time, either. By 1968, he began drinking heavily and missing shows. His marriage broke up, but he soon wed fellow singer Tammy Wynette, with whom he would record a large number of duets. A dispute over the label's rights regarding duets between the two led to him jumping ship for Wynette's label, Creator/EpicRecords, where he would stay from 1971 until 1990.

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* HistoryRepeats: The theme of "Golden Ring", a duet he recorded with Tammy Wynette. A young couple in love see a golden wedding ring in a pawnshop. The man buys the ring and they get married in a chapel. Gradually they fall out of love and divorce. The ring ends up back in the pawnshop where a young couple in love see it...

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* HairOfTheDog: Comedy aversion in "Root Beer":
-->Well, I sent my pretty baby to the neighborhood store\\
My head was vibrating from the night before\\
I said: "You'd better hurry", as she went out the gate\\
My system needs a helper and I don't mean a steak\\
She had a cold six pack when she got back\\
but it was... ahhhhh! ''hiccup'' ... [[AC:Root Beer!]]


* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Music/MarkChesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Music/TravisTritt, Music/JoeDiffie, Music/AlanJackson, Music/PamTillis, Music/TGrahamBrown, Music/PattyLoveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Music/MarkChesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Music/TravisTritt, Music/JoeDiffie, Music/AlanJackson, Music/PamTillis, Music/TGrahamBrown, T. Graham Brown, Music/PattyLoveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.


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* SpellingSong: "Beer Run (B Double E Double [[StealthPun Are You In?]]"), his 2001 duet with Music/GarthBrooks.

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* StandardSnippet: Occurs in "Golden Ring", after the line "''In a little wedding chapel later on that afternoon / An old upright piano plays that old familiar tune''", a piano can be heard playing the first four notes of "Here Comes the Bride".


* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Mark Chesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Travis Tritt, Music/JoeDiffie, Music/AlanJackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Music/PattyLoveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Mark Chesnutt, Music/MarkChesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Travis Tritt, Music/TravisTritt, Music/JoeDiffie, Music/AlanJackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Music/PamTillis, Music/TGrahamBrown, Music/PattyLoveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.

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* WhamLine: In "The Grand Tour", the last stanza, revealing she wasn't the only one that left:
-->"As you leave you'll see the nursery\\
Oh, she left me without mercy\\
Taking nothing but our baby and my heart."

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* NeverSayDie: "He Stopped Loving Her Today"


* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Mark Chesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Music/AlanJackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Music/PattyLoveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Mark Chesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Music/JoeDiffie, Music/AlanJackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Music/PattyLoveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.


* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Mark Chesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Music/AlanJackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Patty Loveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair" had Music/VinceGill, Mark Chesnutt, Music/GarthBrooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie, Music/AlanJackson, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, Patty Loveless, Music/PattyLoveless, and Music/ClintBlack participating in a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response]] at the end.

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