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Young, Bright-Eyed George Jones Performs Breakout Hit "White Lightning" For The First Time

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George jones Songs | Young, Bright-Eyed George Jones Performs Breakout Hit
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Since George Jones' breakout in the country music scene in 1959, he has become an American treasure.

While his most famous song is "He Stopped Loving Her Today", Jones' caree r spanned over 50 years, with over 150 hits, and is loved and looked up to by countless artists. 

Born in Saratoga, Texas on September 12, 1931, Jones left home at age 16 and headed to Jasper, Texas. He sang on the KTXJ radio station and later worked for KRIC radio station. During one afternoon show, Jones met his idol, the one and only Hank Williams

Meeting Williams lit a fire in Jones and a few years later he had a hit of his own. On April 13, 1959, Jones released the first No. 1 single of his career, "White Lightning." 

Before his passing in 2013, Jones created a sound unlike any other and serves as inspiration for many artists. He is well respected in the song writing world as well.

Country music scholar Bill C. Malone spoke about Jones' music styling saying, "For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved."

We have found one of Jones' earliest performances of his breakout hit and couldn't keep it to ourselves!

Enjoy Jones' first of many hits, "White Lightning" below.

Lyrics Below

Well in North Carolina, way back in the hills
Me and my old pappy had a hand in a still
We brewed white lightnin' 'til the sun went down
Then he'd fill him a jug and he'd pass it around
Mighty, mighty pleasin', pappy's corn squeezin'
Whshhhoooh... white lightning

Well the "G" men, "T" men, revenuers, too
Searchin' for the place where he made his brew
They were looking, tryin to book him,
But my pappy kept cookin'
Whshhhoooh... white lightning

Well I asked my old pappy why he called his brew
White lightning 'stead of mountain dew
I took a little sip and right away I knew
As my eyes bugged out and my face turned blue
Lightning started flashin' and thunder started crashin'
Shhhoooh... white lightnin'

Well the "G" men, "T" men, revenuers, too
Searchin' for the place where he made his brew
They were looking, tryin to book him,
But my pappy kept a-cookin'
Whshhhoooh . . . white lightning

Well a city slicker came and he said "I'm tough"
I think I want to taste that powerful stuff
He took one g-g-glug and drank it right down
And I heard him a moaning as he hit the ground
Mighty, mighty pleasin', pappy's corn squeezin'
Whshhhoooh... white lightning

Well the "G" men, "T" men, revenuers, too
Searchin' for the place where he made his brew
They were looking, tryin' to book him,
but my pappy kept cookin'
Whshhhoooh... white lightning...

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