Missing George Jones -- and other late icons we never got to see live

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The word “legend” gets thrown around a lot in music, but when you’re talking country great George Jones, it fits.

Jones, who died this morning at age 81 after being hospitalized April 18, was in the midst of his goodbye tour, and I was supposed to see him in June for the first time — a concert that had been postponed from last summer, when he canceled shows for health reasons.

Never having seen him live will remain one of my biggest regrets. While I console myself with some YouTube videos below, tell me who you wish you’d been able to see in concert before the opportunity was lost.

“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” arguably the greatest country song ever

The question that will be asked a lot today: “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”

“Golden Ring,” with Tammy Wynette after their divorce

“Golden Ring,” with Faith Hill — a must-see for her reaction at :28

Jones’ first No. 1 hit, “White Lightning”

“Bartender’s Blues”

“The Blues Man,” with Dolly Parton

“She Thinks I Still Care”

“The Race Is On”

“I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”

“The Blues Man,” with Dolly Parton, from his 2005 album Hits I Missed… And One I Didn’t, which featured songs the Possum passed on (plus, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”). 

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