Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and Alan Jackson at the George Jones Memorial

Lower-quality clips of these moments from George Jones’ public memorial have already made the internet rounds over the past week, but definitive versions with more of the surrounding remarks are finally up on the Grand Ole Opry’s official YouTube channel, so I’m posting them together here for convenience’s sake.

I can’t recall when I’ve been more moved by live performances.

Vince Gill and Patty Loveless sing “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”

Alan Jackson closes the service with “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

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  1. says

    Vince Gill and Patty Loveless’s performance killed me when I watched it that afternoon. It’s not much easier to watch today, but what a great moment. *chills*

    And I can’t think of anybody better to sing George’s signature song than Alan Jackson. His debut album said in the liner notes (I’m paraphrasing) something like “…I don’t know if I can fill those shoes, but I’d sure like to try ’em on.” Indeed.

  2. Sarah says

    Watching Alan’s performance was the first time I actually teared up since George’s death. I have to go listen to the original on repeat now.

  3. Robert Atcher says

    First and foremost, shame on whomever decided to put a commercial at the beginning of Vince and Patty’s video. Unbelievably crass. They obviously were terrific fans and friends of his and that performance just slayed me.

    I don’t know how Alan Jackson made it through that song without breaking up. It is one of my favorites and the thought of singing it a George Jones memorial is one of the most terrifying things I can think of in performing.

    Thanks for letting us know that they have been put on YouTube.

  4. Junior-bj says

    Genuine Love for the great man. Fitting song for the occasion too. Vince just couldn’t hold back.. What love for his friend George. Not forgetting that he wrote the song for his brother. I could imagine all those emotions culminating to make a heavy heart. What courage too, I think we felt it all in the short instrumental. The strings said it all….


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