On This Date: George Jones Releases “White Lightning” In 1959, His First Career #1 Single

George Jones in a suit

Sixty two years ago today, country music icon George Jones released the song that would go on to be the first #1 single of his legendary career.

Written by J. P. Richardson, better known as the Big Bopper, “White Lightning” was released on February 9th, 1959, and by April 13th, it had topped the charts.

The song has since been covered by Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, Hank Jr., Joe Diffie and more.

Here’s a performance from all the way back in 1959.

And in 1964.

And even 1987… a song that stood the test of time.

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock