Thirty Seven Years Ago: George Jones ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ Hits No. 1
George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today,” is regarded by many as the greatest country song of all time -- and it was on this date, July 5th, in 1980, The Possum took his signature song to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
At the time it became Jones’s first solo No. 1 single in six years. The week after his death the song re-entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 21. As of November 13, 2013, the single has sold 521,000 copies in the United States. Alan Jackson honored Jones' memory by singing it during his funeral service on May 2, 2013.