1935 - 2014
Jones & George Riddle
Legendary country singer and songwriter George Riddle
died on Saturday (July 19) following a battle with throat
cancer. He was 78.
Riddle, who is probably best known for his role as the
original Jones Boy, leaves behind an undeniable impact
on country music. He backed George Jones in his
band, and it was just the two of them when the legendary
act started. Riddle also had the privilege of being a
regular fiddle player on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage.
Riddle wasnt just a talented musician, however.
He also spent a lot of writing for established artists
including Jones, Ray Charles, Tammy Wynette,
Mickey Gilley, Del Reeves, Melba Montgomery
and Margie Singleton. Riddle penned 13 songs for
The late singer-songwriter was born on September 1,1935
in Marion, Indiana. Later, Riddle would join the U.S.
Army, serving from 1958 to 1960. He then decided to purse
his true love and packed up and moved to Nashville, which
is where he met Jones, and they formed a friendship inside
and outside of music.
During his lifetime, Riddle received some big honors,
including winning R.O.P.E. awards (also known as Reunion
of Professional Entertainers) for his contributions to