Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes (song)

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"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"
Single by George Jones
from the album Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes
B-side "A Whole Lot of Trouble for You"[1]
Released 1985
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:16
Label Epic 05439
Writer(s) Max D. Barnes
Troy Seals
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
George Jones singles chronology
"Size Seven Round (Made of Gold)"
"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"
"The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)"

"Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" is a song written by Troy Seals and Max D. Barnes and recorded by American country music singer George Jones. It was recorded for his 1985 album Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes, from which it was released in late 1985 as the first single. The song peaked at number three on the Hot Country Singles chart in mid-1985.

In the song, Jones sings of the irreplacibility of country music legends including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Roy Acuff, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, and Lefty Frizzell. After remarking about each of these singers' impacts on country music, he wonders who will replace these singers when they're gone -- hence, the title line -- and thus become legends in their own right.


A promotional video for the song was produced, and has aired on The Nashville Network (TNN), Country Music Television (CMT) and Great American Country (GAC). Directed by Marc Ball, it was Jones' first music video.

The video takes place at a roadside gas station, where the owner shares with Jones his extensive collection of albums and memorabilia from classic country music artists. At the end of the video, as Jones' tour bus pulls away, a convertible pulls into the station; its passenger is a young man with a guitar, looking in awe at the large tour bus (also known as Country Music star Marty Stuart, who represents someone who might just fill their shoes metaphorically).


Eugene Chadbourne of Allmusic describes the song as "the kind of mystical, self-serving necrophilia that country music is all about".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 214. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes review". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

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