George Jones Sings the Great Songs of Leon Payne

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George Jones Sings the Great Songs of Leon Payne
GJ Sings LP.jpg
Studio album by George Jones
Released 1971
Genre Country
Length 24:01
Label Musicor
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George Jones Sings the Great Songs of Leon Payne is an album by American country music artist George Jones, released in 1971 on the Musicor Records label.


Leon Payne only had one chart hit, the sentimental "I Love You Because", but he was a terrific honky tonk songwriter who composed a slew of hits for other artists, most notably "Lost Highway" and "They'll Never Ever Take Her Love From Me" for country music icon Hank Williams. Jones had been recording Payne's songs since his early days on Mercury Records and this collection, which features eight songs written solely by Payne, would be his last for Musicor (Jones recorded a similar album called Sings the Songs of Dallas Frazier in 1968 with similar artwork).

The album includes "Take Me", a song Jones wrote with Payne, and the raucous Jones original "Brothers of a Bottle". "Things Have Gone To Pieces" had been a top ten hit for Jones in 1965.


The album, which features some of Payne's more obscure songs, reached number 26 on the country albums chart. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic calls the album one of the finest minor gems in the Possum's catalogue: "From ballads like "Blue Side of Lonesome" to uptempo honky tonkers like "Brothers of a Bottle," all of the cuts on The Great Songs of Leon Payne are first-rate and Jones brings each of them to life."

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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Leon Payne, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "They'll Never Take Her Love from Me" - 2:40
  2. "Brothers of a Bottle" (George Jones) - 2:48
  3. "Blue Side of Lonesome" - 2:45
  4. "There's No Justice" - 2:32
  5. "With Half a Heart" - 2:22
  6. "Lifetime to Regret" - 2:47
  7. "Let a Little Loving Come In" - 2:21
  8. "Take Me" (Jones, Payne) - 2:46
  9. "The Selfishness in Man" - 2:45
  10. "Things Have Gone to Pieces" - 2:55

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1971 Country Albums 26

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