Jones died in 2013, aged 81, from hypoxic respiratory failure.
During his career, Jones had more than 150 hits, both as a solo artist and in duets with other artists.
In the 1989 video documentary Same Ole Me, Jones admitted, "I couldn't think or eat nothin' unless it was Hank Williams, and I couldn't wait for his next record to come out.
He had to be, really, the greatest." He married his first wife Dorothy Bonvillion in 1950, but they divorced in 1951.
Although he was garnering a lot of attention and his singles were making very respectable showings on the charts, Jones was still playing the "blood bucket" circuit of honky-tonks that dotted the rural countryside.