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41 Years Ago: George Jones Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘The Grand Tour’

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Today (Aug. 31) is a big anniversary for George Jones. It was on this day in 1974, 41 years ago, that the country music hitmaker earned his sixth No. 1 hit with his single “The Grand Tour.”

The song, which was written by Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor and George Richey, was the title track of Jones’ 41st studio album. With lines like, “Over there, sits the chair / Where she’d bring the paper to me / And sit down on my knee / And whisper, ‘Oh, I love you’ / But now she’s gone forever / And this old house will never / Be the same without the love / That we once knew,” the song quickly became one of Jones’ signature tunes, which he performed up until his death in 2013.

Jones included the song on several of his compilations, including Anniversary — 10 Years of Hits in 1982, Super Hits in 1987 and 2004’s 50 Years of Hits.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member announced that his final tour, The Grand Tour, would cover 60 cities in 2013. Sadly, he passed away in April of that year of complications from pneumonia. A tribute concert was held in his honor on Nov. 22, 2013, with more than 70 artists performing, including Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama. During the event, George Strait performed “The Grand Tour” in Jones’ honor.

Download “The Grand Tour” on iTunes.

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