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"He Stopped Loving Her Today," Began 18-week Run At #1 July 5th In 1980

George Jones classic

Thirty-eight years ago today, on July 5, 1980, George Jones saw one of his biggest hits land at the top of the charts. It was on that date that "He Stopped Loving Her Today," from Jones' then-upcoming I Am What I Am album, became a No. 1 hit.

The touching song, written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, is about a man who loves a woman for years, until his death. With lyrics such as "He stopped loving her today / They placed a wreath upon his door / And soon they'll carry him away / He stopped loving her today," the song became one of the most well-known singles of Jones' career.

"He Stopped Loving Her Today" came at a pivotal time for Jones: The country legend recorded the song while still struggling with alcoholism, which was affecting his career. At the time, he didn't believe it was a hit.


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