George Jones

The Grand Tour

Composed by Carmol Taylor / George Richey / Norro Wilson

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"Step right up, come on in" opens this tearjerker that was made famous by the king of them all, George Jones, a man with a hurt in his voice so genuine that it is palpable. Hearing him sing is wanting to be the first to buy him a drink. He has lived it. Hitting number one on the country charts in 1974, when divorce rates were skyrocketing and Jones' own personal life was in shambles, "Grand Tour" is a vivid picture of a broken home. The "tour" is given by the man left behind, a situation that seems to have occurred recently, as things have been left "like she left them when she tore my world apart." The self-flagellating protagonist seems to welcome the pain while he displays specific domestic images and reveals heartbreaking details of a lost family bliss. Jones had teamed up with legendary producer Billy Sherrill, who was famous for creating the lush and meticulously crafted "countrypolitan" sound of Nashville in the '70s. Sherrill had assembled writers for many of the artists he produced. On "Grand Tour," the team consists of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor, and George Richey. Wilson and Richey are also known for co-writing "The Most Beautiful Girl" for Sherrill and Charlie Rich. Richey also wrote "Lady" for Kenny Rogers. Taylor had known Sherrill from their early years in a band together. Along with Richey and Wilson, he helped write "He Loves Me All the Way" and "There's a Song on the Jukebox." Aaron Neville took a stab at "Grand Tour" on his 1993 album named Grand Tour. It is a rendering fairly faithful to the original, but with Neville's fluttery falsetto in lieu of Jones' trademark sonorous tones. Los Angeles alt-country outfit the Geraldine Fibbers produced an emotional reading of the song on their 1997 album, What Part of "Get Thee Gone" Don't You Understand? The ultimate in crying-in-your-beer songs, "Grand Tour" can also be heard by bar bands in honky tonks across the land.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Grand Tour 1974 American Beat Records 3:06
Anniversary: Ten Years of Hits 1982 Epic 3:05
Super Hits 1987 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:06
The Best of George Jones, Vol. 1: Hardcore Honky Tonk 1991 Epic
Contemporary Country: The Mid '70s 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Country Music Classics, Vol. 12 (Mid 70's) 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:06
Nothin' Like George Jones 1993 Sony Music Distribution 3:08
The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country 1994 Epic/Legacy 3:06
48 No. 1 Country Hits 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Super Hits/Super Hits, Vol. 2/George and Tammy Super Hits 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:07
The Hits 1997 Vanguard 3:06
No Image 1997 Spectrum Music
16 Biggest Hits 1998 Legacy 3:06
Country Music Hall of Fame 1992 1999 Gusto Records 3:08
Classic Country: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:09
The Grand Tour/Alone Again 1999 Morello Records 3:08
Classic Country: Golden '70s [1999 #2] 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image 2001 Sony Music Distribution 3:07
Jackpot 2001
Original Soundtrack
Milan 3:04
The Very Best of Love 2003 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:06
All American Country 2004 Collectables 3:08
25 More Country Number 1's 2004
Various Artists
Prism Leisure
50 Years of Hits 2004 Bandit Records 3:05
Greatest Collection 2005 Platinum Disc 3:08
Hee Haw Country 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:09
Superstars of Country: Easy Loving 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:08
The Essential George Jones 2006 Legacy / Epic/Legacy 3:07
All American Country [BMG] 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:06
Classic Country: The Best of the 70s 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:09
Superstars of Country [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:08
All American Country: Road Trip 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:09
Country Top Hits of the 70's 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:07
The Hits...Then 'Til Now 2008 Time/Life Music 3:08
Collector's Edition 2008 Madacy 3:08
Discover George Jones 2008 Legacy 3:06
Step Right Up 1970-1979: A Critical Anthology 2009 Raven 3:06
Playlist: The Very Best of George Jones 2009 Sony BMG / Sony Music
The Epic Years: The Box Set Series 2010 Epic / Legacy 3:07
Pure...Country 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:07
Country's Got Heart [Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:09
Legends of Country 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:08
Classic 45's: Classic Country 2016
Various Artists
Edsel
Country: George Jones BMG / Sony Music Entertainment 3:08
Opry Country Classics, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Opry 3:06
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