Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1959 George Jones netted his first #1 country single in Billboard as a recording artist with "White Lightning"?

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Here are 5 little known facts about Mr. George Jones.

  • He was one of eight children, though his older sister Ethel died before he was born.
  • He taught himself to play guitar and began performing in the streets and dive bars of Beaumont, Texas in his early teens.
  • In 1950, he married Dorothy Bonvillion. The couple had a daughter, Susan, before splitting up a year later. The break-up, according to some reports, was caused by Jones's explosive temper and excessive drinking.
  • He joined the U.S. Marines and served during the Korea War, but never went overseas.
  • He has a total of 4 children; 2 daughters and 2 sons.