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40+ year old husband, a father, Goonie movie fanatic, still banging my head to 80s hair metal, exploring the back-roads looking for odd roadside attractions and an aspiring terrible tennis player.
Grave of Country Music Star George Jones
George Jones, born on September 12, 1931, in Saratoga, Texas, was an American country music legend often referred to as the "Possum" for his facial features and signature sound. Jones had a profound impact on the genre, earning a reputation as one of the greatest and most influential country singers in history. Raised in a musical family, Jones began his career in the late 1940s, initially as a radio performer and later as a recording artist. His first hit came in 1955 with "Why Baby Why," and he went on to achieve massive success with numerous chart-topping singles, including "White Lightning," "Tender Years," and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." George Jones had a distinctive voice marked by emotional depth and authenticity, and his ability to convey heartbreak and sorrow resonated with country music fans. Despite battles with personal struggles and substance abuse, his artistry and vocal prowess earned him respect within the industry. Over his career, Jones received countless accolades, including Grammy Awards, Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His 1980 hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is often considered one of the greatest country songs ever recorded. George Jones passed away on April 26, 2013, leaving behind a rich legacy that continues to influence and inspire generations of country artists. His contributions to the genre are celebrated for their authenticity, emotional resonance, and enduring impact on the landscape of country music.
Grave of Jack Daniel - Lynchburg Cemetery, Lynchburg, Tennessee
He was the founder of the Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery, who became an American legend with his Old No. 7 Tennessee sipping whiskey being an international sensation. Born Jasper Newton Daniel into a family of Welsh, Scottish and Irish ancestry, he was the youngest of his mother's ten children. The exact date of his birth is in dispute. After his mother died when he was an infant, his father remarried in 1851 and was killed during the American Civil War. When he was a teenager, he ran away from home and was taken in by a local preacher and moonshine distiller named Dan Call and began to learn the distilling trade by the time he was fifteen. In 1875 he received an inheritance from his father's estate and founded a legal distilling business with Call who eventually quit for religious reasons. He then purchased the land where the distillery is now located and his business expanded to include 15 distilleries. His brand of whiskey became very popular and it won the gold medal at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. He died as a result of blood poisoning as a complication of an infected toe. In the June 25, 2016 edition of the “The New York Times,” a story reports that company's view that Daniel learned distilling not from Call but a slave named Nearest Green. In the twenty-first century Jack Daniel's Distilleries is worth 5.64 billion United States dollars.
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