George Jones’ ‘Choices’ Still Breaks Our Hearts Today

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Released months after his drunk driving accident in 1999, George Jones is still breaking our hearts today with his beautiful song, “Choices”.

The song was originally written by Billy Yates and Rob Lyons, where Yates even recorded it for his own album in 1997. However, the song didn’t truly reach country music heights until May 8, 1999 when George Jones covered it and released it on his album, Cold Hard Truth.

With lyrics already powerful, they took on a new meaning when you consider the drunk driving accident that Jones was involved in only two months before the single was released. The music video that followed it, also, highlighted through personal photos, the wild and hard lifestyle Jones was then paying for, literally.

He won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, and was soon asked by the Country Music Association to play a changed version for the awards show. However, Jones refused to sing anything but the original version and did not perform it. Alan Jackson, in protest of the CMA decision and in reverence of his forever idol Jones, played part of the song in protest during his own performance.

Let’s look back on Jones singing “Choices” in the video below.