When the producer was finally satisfied with a version, he brought Jones into CBS Studio B in Nashville, the old Quonset Hut, to record. However, the music industry was stunned in July when "He Stopped Loving Her Today" shot to number one on the country charts. “A lot of people tried to copy what Billy did,” Bradley says, “and they’d hire that studio, they’d hire the same engineer, and they’d hire the same musicians and background singers, but they wouldn’t get it, because they were listening to the end result, and the end result was what you heard after you walked the path to get there. “It wasn’t really a guitar at all, just an imitation. Jones’ early recordings, including sensational up-tempo songs such as “White Lightning” and “The Race Is On” and duets with Melba Montgomery, were very much in the Hank Williams hard-core country style. Not anything technical, not anything musical, not anything but that singer and the song, and all his juices flowed to make that happen.”, In his autobiography, George Jones writes more about the recording of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” than he does about any other song. Then the drums are behind that, but it’s open; it’s just a shed up over him. Two acoustic guitar players would sit nestled right next to the piano, and then across from them were the electric and the steel, and then the vocal and the background were right looking at the piano. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is a song recorded by American country music artist George Jones. The melancholy song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman. The song is fairly depressing, but Jones had turned in an absolutely brilliant performance, and Sherrill’s production was nothing short of genius. I don’t want to belabor this comparison, but a four-decade career had been salvaged by a three-minute song.”. Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.\" - Garth Brooks~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\"He Stopped Loving Her Today\"(written by Bobby Braddock \u0026 Curly Putman)♫ He said I'll love you 'til I dieShe told him you'll forget in timeAs the years went slowly byShe still preyed upon his mind.He kept her picture on his wallWent half crazy now and thenHe still loved her through it allHoping she'd come back again.He kept some letters by his bed, dated 1962He had underlined in red, every single I love you.I went to see him just todayOh, but I didn't see no tearsAll dressed up to go awayFirst time I'd seen him smile in years.He stopped loving her todayThey placed a wreath upon his doorAnd soon they'll carry him awayHe stopped loving her today.You know she came to see him one last timeOh, we all wondered if she wouldAnd it kept running through my mindThis time he's over her for good.He stopped loving her todayThey placed a wreath upon his doorAnd soon they'll carry him awayHe stopped loving her today... ♫

Billy kept telling them to kill the guy at a different time and then have the woman come to his funeral. Bradley says he can still picture where all the musicians were situated: “Say you’ve got the piano, and to the left of the piano player is a wall about as high as the piano, and beside that’s the bass player right even with him.

It was released in April 1980 as the lead single from the album I Am What I Am. The Jordanaires with Millie Kirkham sang the backing vocals into a Neumann U47. Although he had disliked "He Stopped Loving Her Today" when it was first offered to him, Jones ultimately gave the song credit for reviving his flagging career, stating that "a four-decade career had been salvaged by a three-minute song. It was Jones’ number 1 single for over six years. "[5] Sherrill also claims that Jones frustrated him by continually singing the song to the melody of the Kris Kristofferson hit "Help Me Make It Through the Night". As of November 13, 2013, the single has sold 521,000 copies in the United States. Update my browser now, He Stopped Loving Her Today: It's the saddest song, and the most mournful voice, and the most histrionic production and the cruelest punchline in the, By By Barbara Schultz Web. "[7] It was as much a tour de force for the producer as for the singer, featuring all the hallmarks of Sherrill's symphonic approach to country production, featuring cresting strings and dramatic flourishes.

This is one of my favourite versions of "He Stopped Loving Her Today." About He Stopped Loving Her Today "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is a song recorded by American country music artist George Jones. During the Depression, his family was the kind of poor that no one born post-World War II can really imagine; the kind of poor at the deepest roots of American blues and country music. But he knew the song, on a scale of one to 10, was about an eight. “It was like recording in a concert hall or something. It’s like going through a violent food poisoning with an ax in your skull.”. The writers thought that might be too sad, and Billy did, too. It also became the Country Music Association's Song of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. But he thought it was incomplete… Putnam and Braddock killed the song’s main character too soon in their early versions. By the end of the decade, Jones was psychologically and physically a shadow of his former self; he was broke and alone, and his pitiable condition was being perpetuated by managers and pushers who were living off of what was left of him. . The veteran producer never gave up on Jones’ talent, and he continued to offer him top-shelf material to record. However, the power in the line he stopped loving her today brings his life meaning. It also resulted in CMA Awards for Best Male Vocalist of the Year in 1980 and 1981, and it was the Academy of Country Music Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 1980.