Country Music Icons Perform Moving Tribute to George Jones
George Jones was no stranger to the Grand Ole Opry stage, and neither are his close friends. Jones performed there hundreds of times and yesterday's public memorial service at the Opry paid him fitting tribute. Country music icons, past and present, gathered in Nashville Thursday morning to pay tribute to George Jones, who passed away at the age of 81. Jones was an icon himself. If there was a Mount Rushmore of country music his face would be there. The service lasted almost two hours and included memories shared by First Lady Laura Bush, as well as performances by Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Brad Paisley. None, however, was as memorable as the duet sung by Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. Gill was overcome with emotion during their rendition of his song Up High on that Mountain. Gill and Jones were long-time friends who performed together at times over the years. The Possum even gave Gill his nickname, "Sweet Pea."