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George Jones, a country king in the '80s and beyond, dies at 81

George Jones, who scored three No. 1 hits in the 1980s and scores more in decades before and after, died Friday in Nashville after being hospitalized with high fever and irregular blood pressure, USA Today reports. He was 81.

Mr. Jones, nicknamed The Possum for his appearance, has appeared on 168 charting singles over the course of 55 years, more than any other country singer.

Among his '80s chart-toppers: He Stopped Loving Her Today (for which Mr. Jones won a Grammy in 1981), Still Doin' Time and I Always Get Lucky With You.

"I don't want to completely quit because I don't know what to do with myself," he said in an 2005 interview. "I'll be out there as long as the people want me to be out there."