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Classic Rewind: George Jones – ‘The Window Up Above’

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8 responses to “Classic Rewind: George Jones – ‘The Window Up Above’

  1. Ken September 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    As the years went by the list of George’s hits grew & grew so he usually did medleys of his older songs to fit more of them into his live shows. So it’s great to see this February 1976 Hee Haw clip of George singing the full-length version of his 1960 classic. He sounds great here and the Nashville Edition provides excellent backup. George did not write many songs but he did pen this one. He may have decided to perform it because Mickey Gilley had just scored a #1 hit with the song the previous year.

  2. Paul W Dennis September 15, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I saw George & Tammy live several times at his Plantation Music Ranch in Lakeland during my college years, then saw George again in 1974 in Norfolk VA and again in 1978 at the Eddie Graham Sport Stadium in Orlando – but never again after that. George did not come off well in the stadium environment but in more reasonably sized venues, he was a master – I recall a few medleys in 1978 but none before that

    • Razor X September 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

      I saw him in 1987 as part of a package show with Conway Twitty and Randy Travis. The acoustics were not great. I remember him focusing more on what was then fairly recent material.

      • luckyoldsun September 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

        That’s interesting. Most of the country legend acts concentrate on their old hits and give short shrift–or no shrift–to their new, less-commercially-successful material. I liked Johnny Cash’s Mercury albums (which did not sell), but when I saw him in concert a couple of times in the early 90s, he completely ignored those. I always wanted to hear Willie sing “There’s Nothing I Can Do About It Now,” live–that song WAS successful, it was his last #1 hit, in the late ’80s–but in the three times I saw him–once with Willie & Family, twice with the Highwaymen–he never performed it.

        • Occasional Hope September 17, 2016 at 8:45 am

          George Jones was still having hits in 1987.

        • Ken September 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

          George Jones’ final top ten solo hit was “I’m A One Woman Man” in early 1989. His last visit to the top ten was with Randy Travis in the duet “A Few Old Country Boys” from late 1990.
          Jones was forced to shift gears a bit by the early 90’s. He desperately wanted to remain relevant and although he was still signed to a major label (MCA) he struggled to get airplay for his new recordings. He did include a bit more of his newer material in his live shows although the majority of his set list contained his classic hits. Haggard usually integrated some of his recent recordings into his concerts up until the end.

          It’s very sad when an artist reaches the sunset of their career. Lucky are those that are financially secure enough to just walk away. I hate to watch my musical heroes diminish their legacy by recording mediocre songs and giving disappointing vocal performances. Some do it because they need the cash while others just can’t give up the spotlight. That’s the one advantage that many of today’s acts have. They make obscene money compared to what the stars of yesterday could command so whenever they choose to leave the business or they fall out of fashion unless they squandered their money they can live comfortably for the rest of their lives.

        • luckyoldsun September 19, 2016 at 2:53 am

          Fair point. I had sort of forgotten that in ’87, Jones’ new material was still getting airplay. So it makes sense that he would have performed his then-current stuff.

  3. Razor X September 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    To clarify, by “more recent”. I meant music from the Epic years (70s and 80s). I don’t remember hearing much, if any, of the Starday/Mercury/UA/Musicor material.

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