“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 released in June 1985 as the first single and title track from the album Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes. The song peaked at number three on the Hot Country Singles chart.
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.
Eugene Chadbourne of Allmusic describes the song as “the kind of mystical, self-serving necrophilia that country music is all about”. Jones biographer Bob Allen states, “It struck a strong enough chord of empathy with old-time country music lovers to end up number three in Billboard.”
From the album Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes
B-side “A Whole Lot of Trouble for You”
Released June 8, 1985
Label Epic 05439
Songwriter(s) Max D. Barnes Troy Seals
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill