After the legendary George Jonespassed away on April 26, 2013, a memorial service was held at the Grand Ole Opry House a few days later featuring an all-star lineup to salute one of country music’s most iconic voices.
Speakers that day included former First Lady Laura Bush and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. And legends like Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, the Oak Ridge Boys and Ronnie Milsap all performed tributes to Jones.
And in one of the most emotional performances of the day, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless took the stage to perform Vince’s heartbreaking “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”
An already personal song for Vince, who started writing the song after the death of Keith Whitley in 1989 but didn’t finish it until his brother passed away in 1993, Gill fought back tears during the performance and had to lean on Patty Loveless to help him make it through the emotional tribute.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the building as the audience rose to their feet during the heartbreaking tribute to a country music legend – and you’ll probably want to have the tissues handy if you’re watching it again today.