Today, I find out that country superstar George Jones passed away. I have to admit, I wasn't familiar with his body of work until I started poking around and discovered that he was the first person to have a hit with The Race is On by Don Rollins. Being a creature of a certain age, I am most familiar with the fantastic version by Welsh roots-rock revivalist Dave Edmunds. It's nice to be able to expand one's musical horizons, but I have to confess a certain feeling of melancholy that it took Mr Jones' death for me to become a fan. Anyway, here's the man himself singing The Race is On:
This marks the second time in a week that I've discovered the body of work by a talented musician by way of the obits. I have to say, I prefer learning about musicians via the radi-adi-o. Rest in peace, Mr Jones, I wish I'd met you earlier.