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 Stan Jones

Stan Jones

Birth
Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Death 13 Dec 1963 (aged 49)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 15357082 · View Source
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Songwriter, Actor. He wrote the 1949 classic western song "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Before Ghost Riders, Jones worked in a copper mine, fought forest fires and was a national park ranger in Death Valley CA. It was in Death Valley that Jones first met the famous director John Ford during the remake of the 3 Godfathers. A year later Ghost Riders was released, and Jones was in Hollywood visiting his friend, actor George O'Brien. O'Brien and fellow actor, Harry Carey Jr, arranged a meeting with Ford. This led to a lasting friendship between the feisty director and the gentlemanly Jones. Jones soon introduced the Sons of the Pioneers to Ford, who would use them in many of his westerns. One of the Sons of the Pioneers later married Ford's daughter and became a well know actor. His name was Ken Curtis. Jones wrote songs for Ford's Rio Grande, The Searchers and Wagonmaster. Jones later wrote the theme song for the western television series "Cheyenne." Disney often turned to Jones to write western themed songs for his television series Disney's Wonderful World of Color, including the Great Locomotive Chase. Jones, in addition to songwriting and singing, appeared in Wagonmaster, Rio Grande, The Searchers and was General Grant in The Horse Soldiers. During his career Jones wrote over 200 songs. 100 of the songs were released. In 1997 Jones was inducted in the Western Music Hall of Fame. Though no matter how famous or successful Jones became, he never lost his down to earth outlook, nor forgot the support and encouragement he received from his wife, Olive. His death was too soon and left too many songs unwritten. It has been said that "Stan Jones was to western music, what Charlie Russell was to western painting." There will never be another Stan Jones. Jones is buried at the Julia Page Memorial Park in Douglas Arizona.

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I'll see him in the sunrise
And just as day is done.
No more to walk in darkness
For I know now my cares are none.


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  • Originally Created by: Randy
  • Added: 14 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15357082
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Stan Jones (5 Jun 1914–13 Dec 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15357082, citing Calvary Memorial Park, Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .