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On this date back in 1931, country legend George Jones began his long and colorful life in Saratoga, Texas.  

The man who was also known as "The Possum," "The Rolls Royce of Country Singers," and "No Show Jones" launched his career as a teenager, earned his first record deal in the early 1950s, and hit the fast track to fame with his 1955 breakthrough single "Why Baby Why." 

His growing success in the music business seemed to facilitate an increasingly reckless lifestyle - including multiple marriages and the infamous lawn mower incident - that was fueled by alcohol and drugs. 

But Jones eventually owned up to his storied past and changed his ways, living the last years of his life in sobriety.  And when the Country Music Hall of Famer died this past April at the age of 81, he left an incredible musical legacy, including such classics as "White Lightning," "Walk Through This World With Me," "The Race Is On," "Tender Years." and his signature hit, the Grammy-winning "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (which Alan Jackson performed at his funeral), that continues to inspire country artists and other stars to this day. 

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