40 Years Ago: George Jones Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘The Grand Tour’
August 31 is a big day for George Jones. It was on this day in 1974, 40 years ago, that the country music hitmaker earned his sixth No. 1 hit with his single ‘The Grand Tour.’
The song, which was written by Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor and George Richey, was the title track of his 41st studio album. With lines like, “Over there, sits the chair / Where she’d bring the paper to me / And sit down on my knee / And whisper oh, I love you / But now she’s gone forever / And this old house will never / Be the same without the love / That we once knew,” the song quickly became one of Jones’ signature tunes, which he performed up until his death in 2013.
Jones included the song on several of his compilations, including ‘Anniversary — 10 Years of Hits’ in 1982, ‘Super Hits’ in 1987 and 2004′s ’50 Years of Hits.’
A tribute concert was held in his honor on Nov. 22, with more than 70 artists performing, including Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama. George Strait performed ‘The Grand Tour’ in Jones’ honor.
Download ‘The Grand Tour’ here.