March 8

George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today”: The Song’s Blueprint


George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today”: The Song’s Blueprint 1

Without a doubt, George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” made the world cry. With its thoughts and melody, it is truly a miserable song. And still can make your eyes water. Furthermore, the title alone depicts the absolute ending of once blossomed romance.

The Evolution Of The Song…

Jones originally refused to record this song on the basis that it was too miserable. According to the biography, “George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend”, “he thought it was too long, too sad, too depressing and that nobody would ever play it”. In addition, Jones hated the melody and he wouldn’t like to learn it.

Luckily, Jones changed his mind and continued to record the song. But there were struggles, Jones kept on arguing with his producer Billy Sherrill due to having a hard time accepting the song. There was this instance wherein Sherrill was frustrated because Jones kept on singing the song to the melody of Kris Kristofferson’s hit “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. Jones insisted on Kristofferson’s melody but Sherrill opposed since he would like his own rendition and style. Apparently, Jones conceded and the song came out more appealing and realistic.

In a different singer’s hands, the song might have sounded irreverent but Jones’ interpretation was a perfect representation of realism patched in a song. Especially by his delivery of the line “…first time I’d seen him smile in years”.

The melancholy song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman. Thanks to these great artists, Jones’ career skyrocketed and people’s heart and soul was touched.

The Story Of “He Stopped Loving Her Today”…

“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” tells the story of a friend who has never given up on his love. He keeps old letters and photos from the past and hangs on to hope that she would come back again. The song reaches its climax, revealing that he indeed stopped loving her when he died. This then made the woman return – for his funeral.

Receptions And Criticisms…

The country music industry was stunned when “He Stopped Loving Her Today” shot to number one. Despite the song’s illustration, it was embraced by the country music enthusiasts.

The success of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” led CBS Records to renew Jones’ recording contract and sparked new interest in the singer. Jones earned the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1980. The Academy of Country Music awarded the song Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 1980. It also became the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year in both 1980 and 1981.

In addition, the song was numerously documented as the greatest country song of all time.

The song was Jones’s first solo No. 1 single in 6 years. It actually helped him boost his career once more. Moreover, 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. The Library of Congress preserved the song in National Recording Registry.

The Lyrics That Made The World Cry…

He said “I’ll love you till I die”, she told him “You’ll forget in time”
I watched the years passed slowly by, she still preyed upon his mind
He kept her pictures on his wall, I saw him go half-crazy now and then
He still loved her through it all, and kept hoping she’d come back again
Found love letters by his bed dated nineteen and sixty-two
He had underlined in red every single “I love you”
I went to see my friend today, oh but I didn’t see no tears
All dressed up to go away, first time I’d seen him smile in years
He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today
You know, she came back today for her last time 
Aww, ‘n’ we all wondered if she would 
And you konw what kept runnin’ through my mind well “this time he’s over her for good”
He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today

If you want to know and read more about George Jones and his songs, click the links below, or visit us at www.countrythangdaily.com. You may also leave your comments below for artists, their songs, and legends that you would like us to feature.

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