George Jones performs “He Stopped Loving Her Today” on Hee Haw 1980.

The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles, and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks, would reach number 2. It would be the tenth number one of George's career. The week after Jones' death, the song re-entered the Hot Country song list at number 21

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“He Stopped Loving Her Today”:

Lp cover George Jones ( Epic 1980 )
Lp cover George Jones ( Epic 1980 )

The song written by Bobby Braddock & Curly Putman, was recorded by George Jones for the Epic label, between December 1979 and January 1980, with the production of Billy Sherrill, it was released on April 14, 1980. On July 5, In 1980, the song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles, and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks, would reach number 2. It would be the tenth number one of George’s career. The week after Jones’ death, the song re-entered the Hot Country song list at number 21. Since November 13, 2013, the single has sold 521,000 copies in the United States. I have stopped loving it today, it is considered one of the best country songs of all time.

He Stopped Loving Her Today, was included in the album, I Am What I Am (Epic 1980), In September of 1980 was released, reaching the number 7 of the albums of Billboard Top Country in the United States, the album was certified platinum in the United States and gold in Canada.

The song was sung by Alan Jackson during the funeral of George Jones on May 2, 2013, and George Strait and Jackson sang it as a tribute during the 2013 CMA Awards on November 6, 2013.

Single Geoerge Jones ( Memory Lane Epic 1981 )
Single Geoerge Jones ( Memory Lane Epic 1981 )

Producer Billy Sherrill introduced Jones to the song in 1978, the first time Jones heard the song he did not like at all, he considered it too sad and depressing, but Jones finally recorded it, he credited the song for having revived his flagship race, affirming that “to the race of four decades it has been saved with a song of three minutes”. He gained a major boost in his career when he won the CMA award single of the year and won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

The song tells the story of a man who has never given up his love; She keeps the old letters and photos from before and clings to the hope that she will “come back.” The song reaches its highest point in the choir, revealing that, in fact, he stopped loving her when she died and the woman returns for her funeral.

Lp Cover Tommy Cash ( 51 West 1982 )
Lp Cover Tommy Cash ( 51 West 1982 )

Versions:
Jimmy Phair 1981 (JPM)
Tommy Cash 1982 (51 West)
Faron Young 1982 (51 West)
Johnny Paycheck 1983 ( 51 West )
Leon Russell 1998 (Ark 21)
Johnny Cash 2003 (American)
Sammy Kershaw 2006 (Category 5 Records)
George Canyon 2007 (Universal Music Canada)
Leann Rimes 2011 (Curb Records)
Adam Harvey 2013 (Sony Music)
James Carothers 2018 (Renegade Mountain Records)

George Jones – He Stopped Loving Her Today Lyrics

He said, “I’ll love you till I die”
She told him, “You’ll forget in time”
As the years went slowly by
She still preyed upon his mind

He kept her picture on his wall
Went half-crazy, now and then
He still loved her through it all
Hoping she’d come back again

Kept some letters by his bed
Dated 1962
He had underlined in red
Every single ‘I love you’

I went to see him just today
Oh, but I didn’t see no tears
All dressed up to go away
First time I’d seen him smile in years

He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today

You know, she came to see him one last time
Oh, and we all wondered if she would
And it kept running through my mind
This time he’s over her for good

He stopped loving her today
They placed a wreath upon his door
And soon they’ll carry him away
He stopped loving her today

Single George Jones ( Epic 1980 )
Single George Jones ( Epic 1980 )

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