Jones passed away at age 81 this week, and in his memory (and to attempt to address the lack of country music in this space) here is one of his hits. Jones depended on songwriters for his material, this song was co-written by Merle Haggard.
Even as he was being lionized in songs by succeeding generations of fans and singers — among them Alan Jackson, whose 1991 hit "Don't Rock the Jukebox" asked patrons of a honky tonk to skip the rock numbers because "I want to hear some Jones" — Jones himself was grappling with a dearth of new material to work with and dwindling commercial prospects. "If you ain't a cute little fellow or a girl with a cute butt, they're not interested," Jones told The Times in a 2006 interview. Consequently, songwriters would offer their best material to those currently at the top of the charts, rather than veterans like Jones who were kept off the radio airwaves. He finally broke through with "Cold Hard Truth," widely acclaimed as his best album in nearly 20 years.