With 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,' George Jones Returns From Certain Death

By Brian Gilmore

George Jones in 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

When George Jones recorded "He Stopped Loving Her Today," he didn't just need a hit -- he needed a lifeline. Like so many country stars, he'd overindulged in the '70s, and on the cusp of the '80s he was in poor health and had trouble even making it to the stage at his own concerts. Yet even at his low point, Jones still had his voice, considered by some country fans to be the sweetest sound ever committed to record. Despite Jones’s damaged reputation throughout the 1970s due to personal battles, he returned stronger than ever thanks to "He Stopped Loving Her Today."  The world forgave Jones’s previous actions and fell in love with the honky-tonk hero all over again.