Remember when George Jones released “He Stopped Loving Her Today?”

On this day in 1980, George Jones released his song “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.

The melancholy track appeared on Jones’ album I am what I am. The first single from I am what I am“He Stopped Loving Her Today” reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and helped Jones win a Grammy (Best Male Vocal Country Performance, 1980), two ACM Awards (Single of the Year and Song of the Year) and two CMA Awards. (Song of the Year in 1980 and 1981).

The song has also been hailed as one of country music’s greatest songs. The two tennessian and rolling stone included the track in their lists of the 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, along with rolling stone ranking the song at number four.

The track was writing by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnam and was produced by Billy Sherrill at a tumultuous time in Jones’ career. Jones was battling alcohol and drug issues at the time he recorded the song and had trouble recording it because he kept slurring his words. He also reportedly hated the song due to its “morbid” nature.

And although Jones didn’t write the song himself, it was mentioned that the song “reflects” his relationship with ex-wife and fellow country singer Tammy Wynette.

Publicity photo of George Jones

“He said ‘I’ll love you till I die’ / She said to him ‘You’ll forget in time’ / Over the years, / She’s always preyed on his mind,” Jones sings on the first verse of the song. .

“He stopped loving her today / They put a crown on her door / And soon they’ll take it away / He stopped loving her today,” he continues on the chorus.

The song continues to take on a life of its own in country music. It has been covered by a variety of modern country artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Josh Turnerand Craig Campbell.

Alan Jackson also covered the song at Jones’ funeral in 2013.

Toya J. Bell