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Charlie Daniels Honors George Jones' Legacy With Emotional Performance Of 'Softly And Tenderly'

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Charlie Daniels, like so many others who love classic country music, has a deep sense of admiration for the legendary George Jones

Although Daniels eventually became Jones' duet partner and friend, the "Devil Went Down to Georgia" singer said he didn't even know who Jones was until he was a teenager:

"I was still in high school the first time I heard the name George Jones. At the time he was an up-and-coming song writer, but it didn't take long before the powers that be at Nashville took notice of that one-of-a-kind voice and vocal style and took him into a recording studio to begin one of the most legendary careers in the history of the music business." 

When Jones passed away on April 26, 2013, The Grand Ole Opry hosted a memorial service in his honor a few weeks later. Daniels was one of the many artists who came on stage to perform a tribute song to Jones. 

Prior to his performance, Daniels speaks about how Jones had a voice that many have tried to imitate, but none can replicate. He says that Jones' voice could speak to anyone, anywhere:

"George Jones' voice was the rowdy Saturday night uproar at the backstreet beer joint, the heartbroken wail of one who wakes up and finds the other side of the bed empty, the far-off, lonesome whistle of a midnight train, the look in the eyes of a young bride as a ring is placed on her finger, the memories of a half-asleep old man dreaming about the good old days, lost love, lost innocence, good and bad memories, and experiences that are just too much for a human being to deal with. He sang for us all."

For his performance, Daniels chose to sing the traditional Christian hymn, "Softly and Tenderly." Jones included his own version of the song on his 2003 album The Gospel Collection, which contained other popular hymns such as "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away." 

You can hear the emotion in Daniel's voice as he sings, and even with his glasses on you can still see tears rolling down his cheeks. Since Daniels is so emotional, his performance has a rawness and vulnerability fitting for the mournful occasion. 

Once Daniels finishes singing, he tips his hat to the crowd, but we have to wonder if he was actually tipping his hat to Jones instead.

When it comes to the legacy that Jones left behind, no one but Daniels himself has said it better..."As long as there's a country music, he will be remembered." 


Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See on the portal He's waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me
Come home, Come home
Ye who are weary, come home
Ernestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling, all sinners come home
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies
Mercies for you and for me?
Come home, Come home
Ye who are wary come home
Ernestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling, all sinners come home
Calling, all sinners come home...

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