Ragged But Right: The Starday Years Plus…

George Jones
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 23 May 2011

"Country Music's Greatest Singer."  4/5 UNCUT

"Three CDs, 86 tracks of shock-haired country, honk tonk and untamed rockabilly from the country legend's late '50s tenure"  MOJO

"The Inclusion of rockers such as White Lightning and some rockabilly sides Jones cutunder the pseudonym of Thumper Jones, makes it all worthwhile."  RECORD COLLECTOR

"Excellent sound and 16 page booklet has informative notes by Davy Penny and a discography of these recordings. If you love country music you must have this!"   ROOTS & RHYTHM

CAT No: FVTD107UPC TEXT: 5055311001074

Full details

There are those seemingly unique names that identify a musical hero, such as Elvis, Madonna or Prince, and there are those that are mundane in the extreme. George Jones, is one such: there have been many George Joneses in the history of recorded music – jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical have all seen their fair shares of George Joneses – yet mention that name and it is likely that people who are not even fans of country music will think of the man that was once “The Possum”; the spiritual heir to the legacy of Hank Williams, who married Tammy Wynette at the height of her popularity and was infamous for his rock ’n’ roll lifestyle of excessive drinking and drug-taking, earning him a reputation as “No Show Jones”, before kicking the addictions and earning a better reputation…as, simply, “The Greatest Living Country Singer”.

This important compilation brings together, for the first time, the birth of the legend. Collecting all the A- and B-sides of every one of Jones’ early singles for the Texas-based Starday label from his recording debut in January 1954 through the switch to the major Mercury Records in 1957 and on into 1959 when he crossed over into the mainstream pop charts and beyond. Featuring no less than 18 US Country and Pop chart smash hits, these include the original versions of “Why Baby Why” (1955), “Gonna Come Get You” (1956) and “White Lightnin’” (1959) as well as “Don’t Stop The Music”, “Color Of The Blues”, “Who Shot Sam?” and “Big Harlan Taylor”.

In addition to this proud legacy of stone honky-tonk and country gospel, we also offer George’s secret history when, hiding behind pseudonyms such as Thumper Jones or Hank Smith, he recorded cover versions of country hits for various mail-order record companies and along the way was responsible for some of the wildest rockabilly to be recorded outside of Memphis.



  1. No Money In This Deal
  2. You’re In My Heart
  3. Play It Cool Man, Play It Cool
  4. Wrong About You
  5. Let Him Know
  6. You All Goodnight
  7. Heartbroken Me
  8. Hold Everything
  9. What’s Wrong With You
  10. Why Baby Why
  11. Seasons Of My Heart
  12. Still Hurtin’
  13. What Am I Worth?
  14. Your Heart
  15. I’m Ragged But I’m Right
  16. Rock It
  17. How Come It
  18. It’s OK
  19. You Gotta Be My Baby
  20. Boat Of Life
  21. Taggin’ Along
  22. Gonna Come Get You
  23. Just One More
  24. Yearning
  25. Uh, Uh, No
  26. Don't Stop The Music
  27. Too Much Water
  28. All I Want To Do
  29. Opry Rag


  1. Flame In My Heart
  2. No No Never
  3. Hearts In My Dreams
  4. Tall Tall Trees
  5. Cup Of Loneliness
  6. Take The Devil Out Of Me
  7. New Baby For Christmas
  8. Maybe Next Christmas
  9. Color Of The Blues
  10. Eskimo Pie
  11. Nothing Can Stop My Love
  12. I’m With The Wrong One
  13. (I’m A) Wandering Soul
  14. Jesus Wants Me
  15. Treasure Of Love
  16. If I Don't Love You
  17. White Lightnin’
  18. Long Time To Forget
  19. Into My Arms Again
  20. Who Shot Sam?
  21. If You Want To Wear A Crown
  22. My Lord Has Called Me
  23. Big Harlan Taylor
  24. Money To Burn
  25. Accidentally On Purpose
  26. Sparkling Brown Eyes
  27. Have Mercy On Me
  28. If You Believe


  1. That’s The Way I Feel
  2. Yearning [with Jeanette Hicks, alt. take]
  3. Hold Everything [alt. take]
  4. Any Old Time
  5. I’ll Take The Chance
  6. Sweet Dreams
  7. Heartbreak Hotel [as Thumper Jones]
  8. Singing The Blues
  9. One Is A Lonely Number
  10. Maybe Little Baby
  11. Run Boy
  12. I’m A One-Woman Man
  13. Settle Down
  14. Heartbroken Me [alt. take]
  15. Rain, Rain
  16. Frozen Heart
  17. I’ve Got Five Dollars (And It’s Saturday Night)
  18. ’Cause I Love You
  19. You Never Thought
  20. Don’t Do This To Me
  21. Gotta Talk To Your Heart
  22. Good Old Bible
  23. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  24. We’ll Understand It
  25. Give-Away Girl
  26. No Use To Cry
  27. You’re Back Again
  28. Life To Go