October 30

George Jones’ Hit at His Hell-raising Worst, “Same Ole Me”


Perhaps George Jones has not yet fully realized that he’s a rising performer at the time he became uncontrollable. During that particular period, Jones released his second single, “Same Ole Me,” from his album Still the Same Ole Me. The album’s partial title track, “Same Ole Me” was penned by Paul Overstreet. It became a Top 5 hit on the country charts in 1982. While the single settled at No. 5 on the US chart, it was a chart-topper in Canada. That’s clearly indicative of the song’s ability to touch the audience’s emotions.

The Song’s Success and Jones’ Disgrace

While the song has set a successful track, Jones’ personal journey was experiencing some turbulence at that time. Considered an anthem of survival that celebrates the companionship of love, “Same Ole Me” came out when the singer was at the height of hollering and raising hell. On the month of his single’s release, the “White Lightning” singer failed to show up for a performance in Jackson, Tennessee. This event caused the furious fans to storm the box office to demand their money back. In addition, Jones was accused of tossing a bottle through the sliding glass doors of his room at a hotel in Memphis. After having gone through these troubles, Jones’ career continues to emerge and thrive. In 1995, the singer had the following to say,

“I could not help but be astonished about the reverse parallel of my career and life. The more anguish I underwent in my personal life, the more my career flourished.”

The Album

The album Still the Same Ole Me came out in 1981, a year earlier before the single “Same Ole Me.” The record built on the immense success of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” which was a response single for Jones. The song also features The Oak Ridge Boys providing the backing vocals. Listen to their rendition of the song below.


George Jones, Paul Overstreet, Same Ole Me, Still the Same Ole Me, The Oak Ridge Boys

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