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Remember When George Jones Performed ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ for the Final Time?

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George Jones played his final show on April 6, 2013 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tenn., closing with his signature song, ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’ While fans in attendance didn’t know they were witnessing history, Jones did. That special moment is now available on YouTube.

The Tennessean recently shared how Jones told his wife Nancy, “I just did my last show. And I gave ’em hell,” after leaving the stage that night. The next morning he’d enter the hospital, and never come home, dying on April 26. Visitors would come and go, but few aside from Alan Jackson spent more than a handful of minutes.

The 81-year-old’s voice is raspy, and his breathing labored. At one point, he sits down and almost misses his cue to come back in, but there wasn’t a single fan who cared. Listen to the screams and hollers, as well as how the coliseum picked him up, leading him to the finish. As the final drum crash and guitar chords faded away, so to it seems, did a the end of an era.

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