George Jones lived a storied life, but his career was not without controversies. This book reveals fascinating, intimate details about the life of George Jones that have never before been published. Charlene and Peanutt Montgomery, who were George’s closest friends and confidants over a 30-year period and the songwriters for the vast majority of the songs that George recorded, are the authors of this highly entertaining book. Their strong bonds with and admiration for George come shining through, even when writing about the less-than-flattering incidents and times that make up part of the story.
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About the Author
Charlene Montgomery and Peanutt Montgomery were George Jones' closest friends for over 30 years. They were close with the children and friendly with George's first four wives. In addition, they wrote almost all of the songs that George ever recorded. They live in Sheffield, AL.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a lifelong George Jones fan. I'm a child of the 1980s, and while my friends were listening to Michael Jackson and Madonna, I was listening to the possum. The first cassette tape I ever bought with my allowance money was George Jones' "Super Hits" tape. Today, I have hundreds of George Jones albums if you add up all my vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and 8-tracks. I used to buy every magazine that had an article about George Jones in it. I've read the biographies, I've watched the documentaries. One of the happiest moments in my life was having the opportunity as a fan-club member to go backstage and meet my hero and pose for a photo with him, a photo that is hanging two feet from me as I write this. I don't claim to be an expert, but I've done my homework on my favorite singer. With that said, this is the most disappointing book I've ever read regarding George Jones. Its not a biography by any means; the title should instead be "Charlene Montgomery: A Memoir". The author spends the majority of the book talking negatively about nearly every person she's ever met...apparently every person that George Jones ever knew was conspiring against him in some way! The author can't seem to make up her mind how she feels about her "friends", as on one page she will be talking about how highly she thinks of someone such as Tammy Wynette or Nancy Jones, and on the next page she is bashing them. Throughout the book, she is quick to nitpick everyone else's flaws while defending George's. The book gets even more confusing when totally at random and irrelevant to the previous chapter, she will go from criticizing every person she's ever met, and then just start randomly quoting bible verses out of nowhere, or telling you the same story for the 2nd or 3rd time that you already read three chapters earlier. We get it. You don't like George Ritchey. We heard you the first three times. But please, go on about how Christian you are and shove some more Bible verses down our throats. If this book had been written by any other author, some stranger who had never met the possum, it wouldn't bother me as bad. I'd just dismiss it as tabloid trash and ignore it. But the fact this was written by the wife of Peanut Montgomery, someone who I know George thought the world of, really disappoints me. I expected better, but instead I feel like I read a book full of gossip and conspiracy theories presented in a self-righteous holier-than-though fashion. If you insist on reading this book, I just have one request. Please take every story you read in this book with a grain of salt and ask yourself why the author waited til most of the people involved had passed away before having this book published? Was the author's intention truly to get the truth out there, or to make money at the expense of people who are no longer alive to defend themselves?