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Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones wore the title of “Greatest Country Singer” like a glove in the eyes of both classic and modern artists. However, it was his fellow country music comrades that he chose to glorify in his 1985 chart topping hit titled “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”.
Openly displaying his respect and gratitude for various artists such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard, Jones conveys his strong belief that these artists will never be replaced in any decade to come due to their immense amount of talent and love for the art that is country music.
In a lyrical quotes, Jones solemnly reveals, “No, there will never be another Red-headed Stranger, a Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues; the Okie From Muskogee or Hello Darling. Lord, I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes?”
In reference to these iconic hits from their even more iconic country artists, Jones acknowledges their hard work and dedication to the business and graciously deems them the elite of country music, if you will.
In light of this prestigious honor, Jones channels an immense amount of emotion to honor the achievements of his fellow artists. We can all agree that no one knows how to break your heart through song quite like George Jones. However, Jones failed to mention another prominent, irreplaceable artist of him time: himself. Thank you for all the “Tender Years” and for the significant backroad trails you blazed into the country music world.
Check out this moving performance for yourself.