With “The Legend of George Jones,” Charlene and Peanutt wanted to set the record straight about their friend who died in 2013. Throughout Jones’ life, the tabloids chronicled his struggle with personal demons and often painted a less-than-flattering picture. In the book, which is endorsed by all of George Jones’ children, Charlene and Peanutt tell it like it is and make no excuses, but they document the real heart and soul of their friend.
"The Legend of George Jones" is a collection of stories spanning many decades, five marriages and a marvelous career unequaled in the genre of Country Music. From humble beginnings playing the guitar and singing on the streets of Beaumont, Texas, George Jones became one of the most important and influential singers in music history. The Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member was the voice behind many of Country music’s most enduring hits, such as “White Lightning,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “The Door,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which is widely regarded as one of the greatest country music singles of all time.
Peanutt wrote seventy-three songs for George Jones including some of his best-loved number one hits. Charlene, Peanutt’s wife and partner, is a prolific songwriter in her own right, and she had a personal relationship with Jones that spanned decades, and she remains today a revered and beloved friend of all the Jones children.
Among the book’s highlights:
- The real reason George Jones and Tammy Wynette divorced.
- The night George Jones tried to kill Peanutt Montgomery in a drunken rage.
- The culprits who brought George Jones to bankruptcy – and his knees – are revealed.
- The betrayal of George Jones’ children by fifth wife Nancy Jones.
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Charlene Montgomery is available for interviews.