Saturday, April 08, 2006

A happy story becomes sad

Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Vidor native George Jones gets a star in the Ford Park Hall of Fame at Ford Park in Beaumont on Friday, March 24, 2006. Jones began his career singing on a Beaumont radio station.

George Jones and Merle Haggard performed in Beaumont. George Jones, the legendary Country and Western singer from Vidor, got his start on a Beaumont radio station and was returning home for a performance with another singing legend.

Ford Park inducted Jones into the Ford Park Hall of Fame. It was a pleasant event with many local well-wishers and smiles abounding. Later, he performed a concert at the sold-out arena.

Unfortunately, Jones' promoters demanded an access contract minutes before the concert. So, we have no concert images.

Luckily, newspaper management supported me and allowed me to back away gracefully. However, other PJs should anticipate this contract wherever this tour travels.

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