THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………….on July 5th of 1980 George Jones takes his signature song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. The melancholy song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman. This was Jones’ comeback song after years of trouble with the law and addiction. He got a big career boost when it won for Single of the Year at the CMA awards and took a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. CMT named this the second-best country song of all-time. The #1 country song of all-time as named by CMT was Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” When George Jones recorded this song, he didn’t believe it was a hit, and he wasn’t shy at telling his producer Billy Sherrill so. “I looked Billy square in the eye and said, ‘Nobody will buy that morbid son of a bitch,'” the Nashville star recalled in his autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All. But Jones changed his mind once this became a hit. “To put it simply, I was back on top,” the Opry member wrote. “Just that quickly. I don’t want to belabor this comparison, but a four-decade career was salvaged by a three-minute song.” By 1980, Jones had not had a number one single in six years and many critics began to write him off. However, the singer stunned the music industry when “He Stopped Loving Her Today” shot to number one on the country charts and remained there for 18 weeks. The Academy of Country Music awarded the song Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 1980. It also became the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year in both 1980 and 1981. The song became so synonymous with Jones that few singers dared to cover it.