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Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes is the 45th studio album by American country music artist George Jones, released in 1985 on the Epic Records label.

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1985
StudioEleven Eleven Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreCountry
Length29:37
LabelEpic
ProducerBilly Sherrill
George Jones chronology
You've Still Got a Place in My Heart
(1984)
Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes
(1985)
Wine Colored Roses
(1986)

The album is best known for the title track and its classic video, which would go on to win the CMA Award for Video of the Year. In the song, Jones sings of the irreplaceability of country music legends, including Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell. The music video, which was directed by Marc Ball, takes place at a roadside gas station, where the owner shares with Jones his extensive collection of albums and memorabilia from classic country music artists. It was the singer's first music video and featured him looking healthier than he'd had in years. Jones producer Billy Sherrill appears at the beginning of the video playing the bus driver. At the end of the video, future country star Marty Stuart is one of the two young men in the convertible that pulls up at the gas station as the Jones tour bus pulls away. As Bob Allen writes in his book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, the song "struck a strong enough chord of empathy with old-time country music lovers to end up number three in Billboard.

The album produced two other hit singles: the concert favorite "The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)", which also went to number 3, and the down-and-out honky tonk "cheatin and drinkin' song" "Somebody Wants Me Out Of The Way", which peaked at number 9. Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes also features a couple of duets with Lynn Anderson and Lacy J. Dalton.

Jones was promoting the album when he appeared at the inaugural Farm Aid benefit in 1985.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes"Max D. Barnes, Troy Seals3:16
2."Just When"Alan Rhody, Bill Caswell3:12
3."The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)"Gary Gentry2:30
4."If I Painted a Picture"Charles Browder, Leona Williams2:47
5."If You Can Touch Her at All" (with Lynn Anderson)Lee Clayton3:28
6."Somebody Wants Me Out of the Way"Dennis Knutson, A.L. "Doodle" Owens3:18
7."A Whole Lot of Trouble for You"George Jones, Dale Schultz2:17
8."If Only You'd Love Me Again"Dennis Knutson, Eddie Burton3:00
9."Call the Wrecker for My Heart"Randy Haspel2:56
10."That's Good! That's Bad!" (with Lacy J. Dalton)Michael Garvin, Ron Hellard3:03

Chart performanceEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
1985 "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" 3 2
"The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)" 3 2
1986 "Somebody Wants Me Out of the Way" 9 20

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