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Tributes pour in for country legend George Jones

The country music world reacted with deep emotion Friday upon learning of the death of legendary singer George Jones. Here’s a sampling of quotes and tweets about Jones:

‘‘He was a true innovator. Nobody could sing like George Jones. Everyone who could imitate him did. I wrote and recorded a song, ‘‘Bartender’s Blues,’’ as a tribute and, in an instance of life-imitating-art, George recorded it and asked me to harmonize. It was the second dream come true of my career. He was easy and kind and I’ll never forget him. Luckily, he recorded a lot of music; so he’ll always be with us. . .’’ James Taylor

‘‘The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.’’


Merle Haggard

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‘‘The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die. Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.’’ Garth Brooks

‘‘It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.’’ Loretta Lynn

‘‘If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!’’ Keith Urban via Twitter