Friday, April 10, 2020

The Morbid song that revived a country legend's career

George Jones : He Stopped Loving Her Today

In April of 1980 country legend George Jones released "He Stopped Loving Her Today", his first #1 country hit in six years. Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song didn't make much of an impression on Jones when he first heard it. "He thought it was too long, too sad, too depressing and that nobody would ever play it," said producer Billy Sherrill. "He hated the melody and wouldn't learn it."

The song is about a man who is so deeply in love with a woman that he keeps all of her letter and old photos and only stops loving her "today" because that's the day he dies.

When Jones recorded his last vocal he hung up his headphones with the line "Nobody'll buy that morbid son of a bitch". 

False. More than half a million people bought the single, reviving the career of The Possum, who won a Grammy for his performance.

Bobby Braddock , who also wrote Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"  and "(We're Not) The Jet Set", tells the story of the song below. 

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