George Jones’s Influence in the Rock World
Country legend George Jones died Friday at age 81. While his impact on the Nashville scene is well-documented, his influence also extended into the rock world. Here's a look some rock artists who have been inspired by the Possum.
1. Elvis Costello - Jones has been a huge influence on Costello, who called him his favorite country singer back in 1977. Elvis covered George's "A Drunk Can't Be a Man" and "Good Year for the Roses" and got together with George for his 1979 duets album, My Very Special Guests, doing his own "Stranger in My House" alongside Jones. The pair reprised the duet in a few TV appearances.
2. Cake - These Sacramento-spawned alt-rockers might be best known for their 1996 hit "The Distance," and on an import CD single of that song, they covered George's "Multiply the Heartaches" as a bonus track. It later turned up on the band's 2007 album, B-Sides and Rarities.