RAGGED BUT RIGHT: THE LIFE & TIMES OF GEORGE JONES: Published by CONTEMPORARY BOOKS in 1984 & written by DOLLY CARLISLE.
His glorious voice has filled more than 150 record albums and has earned him the Country Music Association’s coveted awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in both 1980 and 1981. He is considered the greatest country singer of all time, a powerful talent that can move you with a single note. Yet, as his fame increased George Jones found himself unable to cope with the demands of the high-pressure profit-machine called the music industry. To escape, he sought comfort in drugs and alcohol. Racing down a path of self-destruction, he became a haunted, shattered man, alienating family, friends, and anyone else who tried to help him. At last, the true story of George is told. From his early days as a singer in cheap, run-down honky-tonks, to his smashing success as country music’s hottest star, Ragged But Right reveals the high price that George Jones paid for his fame. For the first time, George talks about the “friends” who hooked him on cocaine in order to control him. He also tells about his most desperate days when he lived out of the back seat of his car with nothing more than a bottle of Jack Daniels and a picture of his idol, Hank Williams. A sensitive family man who dreamed of settling down with a loving wife and children, George suffered three broken marriages, including one to Tammy Wynette. Ragged But Right tells the inside story of the fairy tale marriage to Tammy, their brilliant partnership as “Mr & Mrs Country Music,” and the bitter divorce that left George a broken man. Through all the tough times, George has never given up on his music, nor have his fans given up on him. When he sings about the pain in his heart, you hurt for him. When he croons about the good times, you can’t help but feel his joy. Ragged But Right is the honest portrayal of the gifted man behind the music, and how he has become a legend in his own time.
Photos feature: GEORGE JONES, CLARA PATTERSON, GEORGE WASHINGTON JONES, GRANDMA FARRIS JONES, BETTY JONES, EULA JONES, MRS HODGE, DOROTHY JONES, MRS BONVILLIAN, SHIRLEY CORLEY, MELBA MONTGOMERY, TAMMY WYNETTE, GEORGETTE JONES, BILLY SHERRILL, DENISE WYNETTE, JACQUELYN WYNETTE, SUSAN JONES, JEFFREY JONES, GWENDOLYN WYNETTE, BRYAN JONES, WAYLON JENNINGS, SHUG BAGGOTT, JOHNNY PAYCHECK, MERLE HAGGARD, RICK BLACKBURN, GEORGE RICHEY, HANK THOMPSON & VERN GOSDIN & MARTY ROBBINS, JIM STAFFORD & MEL TILLIS & MINNIE PERAL & ROY CLARK & GEORGE LINDSEY & MARGO SMITH & GEORGE GOBEL, ELVIS COSTELLO, LEONA WILLIAMS, NANCY JONES & HELEN SCROGGINS & W T SCROGGINS
*there is a little wear to the dust jacket of this volume