George Jones performs “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” Live on Hee Haw 1987.

It reached # 3 on the US lists. Billboard Hot Country Singles, and he stayed 20 weeks in the charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, I get to number # 2.

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Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes:

Song written by Troy Seals and Max D. Barnes, was recorded by George Jones, for the Epic label, recorded in April 1985, in Eleven-Eleven Sound Studio, Nashville, TN, with the production of Billy Sherrill, was released in July From 1985, on October 26, it reached # 3 on the US lists. Billboard Hot Country Singles, and he stayed 20 weeks in the charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, I get to number # 2.

Cd cover George Jones ( Epic 1985 )
Cd cover George Jones ( Epic 1985 )

 

The song was included in George Jones’ 45 studio album, Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes (Epic 1985), the album was released in August 1985, and reached number # 6 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. The video clip of the song won the CMA Award for Video of the Year, in 1986.
Jones sings about the irreplaceability of country music legends that include 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. In my opinion, the truth is that they are irreplaceable and unique. Jones left some pretty big empty shoes.

Cd cover Sammy Kershaw ( Big Hit records 2014 )
Cd cover Sammy Kershaw     ( Big Hit records 2014 )

 

Versions:

The Swon Brothers 2013 (Repubik Records)
Sammy Kershaw 2014 (Big Hit Records)

George Jones – Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes Lyrics

You know this old world is full of singers
But just a few are chosen
To tear your heart out when they sing
Imagine life without them
All your, radio heros
Like the outlaw that walks through Jesse’s dream

No, there will never be another
Red-headed stranger
A Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues
The Okie from Muskogee
Or Hello Darling
Lord I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes

[Chorus:]
Who’s gonna fill their shoes
Who’s gonna stand that tall
Who’s gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonball
Who’s gonna give their heart and soul
To get to me and you
Lord I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes

God bless the boys from Memphis
Blue Suede Shoes and Elvis
Much too soon he left this world in tears
They tore up the Fifties
Old Jerry Lee and Charlie
And old Go Cat Go still echoes through the years

You know the heart of country music
Still beats in Luke the Drifter
You can tell when hew sings I Saw the Light
Old Marty, Hank and Lefty
Why I can feel them right here with me
On this Silver Eagle rolling through the night

[Chorus:]
Who’s gonna fill their shoes
Who’s gonna stand that tall
Who’s gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonball
Who’s gonna give their heart and soul
To get to me and you
Lord I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes

Yes I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes?..

Single George Jones ( Epic 1985 )
Single George Jones ( Epic 1985 )

Miquel Batlle
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