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Blue & Lonesome
Blue & Lonesome (George Jones album).jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedFebruary 1964
Genre Country
Label Mercury
Producer Pappy Daily, Shelby Singleton
George Jones chronology
I Wish Tonight Would Never End
Blue & Lonesome
Heartaches & Tears
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic link

Blue & Lonesome is a compilation album by American country music artist George Jones released in 1964 on the Mercury Records label. [1]


Although Jones had left Mercury at the end of 1961 for United Artists, his old label continued releasing albums featuring sides by Jones from their archive, some of which dated back to his days recording on the independent Starday label. Every track on this album had been previously released on an album or single.

As the title suggest, Blue & Lonesome includes songs that Jones built his reputation on: hardcore honky tonk songs with themes of heartache and loss. Although it is a compilation, it is an impressive collection featuring a mixed bag of Jones originals and songs made famous by others, including Marty Robbins, Don Gibson, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams. The Jones-penned "Don't Stop The Music" had been a minor hit for the singer in early 1957 while "Life To Go", also written by Jones, was a top five smash for Stonewall Jackson in 1959. Blue & Lonesome also includes the original recording of "Color of the Blues", a song Jones wrote with Lawton Williams that would go on to be recorded by Red Sovine, Skeeter Davis, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Costello and Patty Loveless.

Blue & Lonesome was reissued by Righteous Records, a reissue imprint marketed and distributed by Great Britain's Cherry Red label with bonus tracks recorded earlier in Jones's career.


Thom Jurek of AllMusic calls Blue & Lonesome "an excellent portrait of Jones' transition. He was well on his way to becoming the great singer of broken love songs and honky tonk ballads from the rockabilly and hillbilly singer of his youth, and these tune prove it."

Track listing

1." Oh Lonesome Me ( Don Gibson)"2:28
2."Life to Go (George Jones)"2:18
3."Just Little Boy Blue (Jimmie Fox)"2:08
4."Cup of Loneliness (Jones, Burl Stephens)"2:39
5."Nobody's Lonesome for Me (Hank Williams)"2:05
6." There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (Hank Williams)"2:40
7." Color of the Blues (Jones, Lawton Williams)"2:50
8."Go Away with Me (Jones)"1:44
9."Talk to Me Lonesome Heart (James O'Gwynn)"2:18
10."If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time ( Lefty Frizzell, Jim Beck)"2:04
11." Singing the Blues ( Melvin Endsley)"1:58
12." Don't Stop the Music (Jones)"2:10



  1. ^ George Jones - Blue & Lonesome Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved June 4, 2023

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