Mick Rock on Lou Reed; Dwayne Johnson on Paul Walker; Martin Scorsese on Roger Ebert; more
He's the greatest singer country music has ever had, ever will have. It's really a rare thing in any style of music to be able to say that. He was like Sinatra for us. George Jones during his lifetime was probably aware that he was regarded as the best singer in country music. It wasn't like he didn't know people said that. But the minute that you start to sense that people are listening to other music and they're not interested in what you're doing, there's always a feeling of, Did what I do matter or not?
I think he knew that we all adored him. He knew his wife just loved him beyond what's typically possible for human beings. And in our case, as artists, we all regarded him as if he were in line for sainthood. But he left here probably wondering if people would still be listening to his music. If you're one of these people going, ''I don't know much about this guy,'' go figure it out, because there's a reason we're making this ruckus.
Jones died of respiratory failure in Nashville.
Image Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images