“He Stopped Loving Her Today” is a song recorded by American country music artist George Jones. It has been named in several surveys as the greatest country song of all time. It was released in April 1980 as the lead single from the album I Am What I Am. The song was Jones’s first solo No. 1 single in six years. The melancholy song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman. The week after Jones’ death, the song re-entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 21. As of November 13, 2013, the single has sold 521,000 copies in the United States. Since 2008 it has been preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry. The song was #275 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Alan Jackson sang the song during George Jones’ funeral service on May 2, 2013. George Strait and Jackson sang the song as a tribute during the 2013 CMA Awards on November 6, 2013.
Album I Am What I Am
B-side “A Hard Act to Follow”
Released April 14, 1980
Songwriter(s) Bobby Braddock/Curly Putman
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill George Jones
I get chills every time I hear this song by George Jones.