Since his breakout in 1990, Alan Jackson has been releasing hit after hit, staying true to his traditional country roots.
To this day, his records incorporate his signature old-school sound. Some of the artists who influence him are Gene Watson, John Anderson, Hank Williams Jr., and most notably, George Jones.
He references Jones is his 1991 song "Don't Rock The Jukebox" with the lyrics "Don't rock the jukebox/I wanna hear George Jones/My heart ain't ready/For the Rolling Stones."
Jackson also referenced his idol on "Murder On Music Row", his duet with George Strait in 2000. Its lyrics, "Why they even tell the Possum/To pack up and go back home/There's been an awful murder/Down on music row", criticized the country music trend at that time.
Jackson was asked what song impacted him as an artist, without a doubt, he chose Jones' 1980 sensation "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
“‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ is as near a perfect country song as you could ever imagine,” Jackson once said. “[Songwriters] Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnam – the story they tell along with that melody is just so sad..."
Shortly after Jackson's breakout in the country scene, he and Jones became good friends and remained close until Jones' death in 2013. Jackson performed the iconic song at the funeral for George Jones, which was just as emotional as it sounds.
Take a look at his beautiful performance below. And of course, George Jones' original version.
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