Still the Same Ole Me

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Still the Same Ole Me
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Studio album by George Jones
Released November 1981
Recorded April 1981
Studio Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 26:43
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
George Jones chronology
I Am What I Am
(1980)I Am What I Am1980
Still the Same Ole Me
Shine On
(1983)Shine On1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Still the Same Ole Me is an album by American country music singer George Jones released in 1981 (see 1981 in country music) on the Epic Records label.

Recording and composition[edit]

Still the Same Ole Me built on the massive success of Jones comeback single "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and went to number 3 on Billboard's country albums chart. "Same Ole Me", an anthem of survival and enduring love written by Paul Overstreet and featuring backing from the Oak Ridge Boys, peaked at number 2 on the charts. Even more successful was the hardcore honky tonk ballad "Still Doin' Time" ("I've been living in hell with a bar for a cell..."), which gave Jones a number one smash. The album also includes a duet with his daughter by Tammy, Georgette, on "Daddy Come Home." The album track "I Won't Need You Anymore", would become a number one hit for Randy Travis in 1987. Same Ole Me was also the title of a 1989 documentary detailing the events of Jones's life and career.

Although Jones was enjoying immense success at this time, having renegotiated his contract with CBS, he was still ravaging his body with alcohol and cocaine, and appeared frighteningly frail when he made television appearances promoting the prophetic "Someday My Day Will Come." However, the same year that Still the Same Ole Me came out, Jones met a 34-year-old divorcée named Nancy Sepulveda from Mansfield, Louisiana. Nancy, who neither drank nor took drugs, would eventually marry Jones, manage his career, and turn his troubled life around.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Still Doin' Time" Michael P. Heeney, John E. Moffat 2:50
2. "Couldn't Love Have Picked a Better Place to Die" Curly Putman, Bucky Jones 3:21
3. "I Won't Need You Anymore" Troy Seals, Max D. Barnes 3:19
4. "Together Alone" Bobby Braddock 3:00
5. "Daddy Come Home (Georgette and Daddy)" Bobby Braddock 2:25
6. "You Can't Get the Hell Out of Texas" John Hadley, Jim Stafford 2:38
7. "Good Ones and Bad Ones" Joe Chambers, Larry Jenkins 2:47
8. "Girl, You Sure Know How to Say Goodbye" Tom T. Hall 2:59
9. "Someday My Day Will Come" Earl Montgomery, Chris Ryder, V. L. Haywood 2:33
10. "Same Ole Me" (featuring The Oak Ridge Boys) Paul Overstreet 2:51

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 115


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1981 "Still Doin' Time" 1 2
1982 "Same Ole Me" 5 1


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[2] Gold


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "American album certifications – George Jones – Still the Same Ole Me". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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