Although there will never be another George Jones, Johnny Paycheck does a pretty great job covering George's hit song, "White Lightning".
Originally recorded by The Big Bopper, George released his version of "White Lightning" in 1959 off of his album, White Lightning and Other Favorites. George's rendition was an instant hit, and a few months later it became his first #1 single of his career! In 1996, Johnny Paycheck released a tribute to George and covered ten of his songs on the album, Johnny Paycheck Tribute to George Jones.
When he was starting his career, Johnny took a job with George and later the two became friends, and remained close until Johnny's passing. It is said that Johnny may have helped inspire some of George's songs, and he even co-wrote the song "Once You've Had the Best". We love a great friendship, especially between two talented artists!
Check out the video to hear Johnny Paycheck's tribute to his friend George Jones, and you'll be glad you did!
Well in North Carolina way back in the hills me and my old pappy and he had him a still
He brewed white lightnin till the sun went down
Then he'd fill up a jug and he'd pass it around
Mighty mighty pleasin my pappy's corn squeezin (whew white lightnin)
Well the G men T men revenoers too searchin for the place where he made his brew
They were lookin tryin' to book him but my pappy kept on cookin
(Whew white lightnin)
Well I asked my old pappy why he called his brew
White lightnin stead of mountain dew
I took a little sip and right away I knew
And my eyes bugged out and my face turned blue
Light has started flashin thunder started krashin (whew white lightnin)
Well the G men T men...
Well a city slicker came and he said I'm tough
I think I want to taste that powerful stuff
He took one slug and he drank it right down I heard him moanin' as he hit the ground
Mighty mighty pleasin you'r pappy's corn squeezin (whew white lightnin)
Well the G men T men.