Tammy Wynette

Country Music Singer/songwriter

Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally as Tammy Wynette, was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of the genre's best-known artists and biggest-selling female vocalists. She was known as the First Lady of Country Music, and her best-known song, "Stand by Your Man", was one of the biggest selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tammy Wynette.


1942 Birth Born on May 5, 1942.
1946 4 Years Old In 1946, Mildred Pugh married Foy Lee, a farmer. … Read More


1963 21 Years Old In 1963, she attended Beauty College in Tupelo, Mississippi, where she learned to be a hairdresser. … Read More
1965 23 Years Old In 1965, Wynette sang on the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC-TV in Birmingham,while working as a hairdresser in Midfield, AL, and this led to performances with Porter Wagoner.
In 1966, she moved with her three daughters (Gwen, Tina and Jackie) from Birmingham to Nashville, Tennessee, where she attempted to get a recording contract. … Read More
1967 25 Years Old After "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" was a success, "My Elusive Dreams", a duet with David Houston, became her first number one in the summer of 1967, followed by "I Don't Wanna Play House" later that year. "I Don't Wanna Play House" won Wynette a Grammy award in 1967 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, one of two wins for Wynette in that category.
During 1968 and 1969, Wynette had five number one hits – "Take Me to Your World", "D-I-V-O-R-C-E", "Stand by Your Man" (all 1968), "Singing My Song", and "The Ways to Love a Man" (both 1969). "Stand by Your Man" was reportedly written in the Epic studio in just 15 minutes by Billy Sherrill and Wynette, and was released at a time when the women's rights movement was beginning to stir in the U.S. The message in the song stated that a woman should stay with her man, despite his faults and shortcomings. … Read More
1969 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Wynette's marriage to country music singer George Jones in 1969, which ended in divorce in 1975, created a country music "couple", following the earlier success of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. … Read More
She earned a Gold record (awarded for albums selling in excess of 500,000 copies) for Tammy's Greatest Hits which was certified in 1970 by the RIAA. … Read More


In 1976, after having her public divorce from Jones the previous year, Wynette recorded, "'Til I Can Make It on My Own". … Read More
1981 39 Years Old In 1981, a TV movie about Wynette's life was aired called Stand by Your Man, which was based on her memoir of the same title. … Read More


1982 - 1986 2 More Events
1987 45 Years Old Wynette's 1987 album Higher Ground featured a neotraditional country sound and was both a critical and relative commercial success. … Read More
1990 48 Years Old In 1990, Heart Over Mind was released and showed that Wynette's popularity on radio was declining. … Read More
1991 49 Years Old She recorded a song with the British electronica group The KLF in late 1991 titled "Justified and Ancient (Stand by the JAMs)", which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries the following year, and reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. … Read More


1993 51 Years Old The 1993 album Honky Tonk Angels gave her a chance to record with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn for the first time; though yielding no hit singles (mainstream country radio had long since stopped playing artists approaching or over 50), the album did well on the country charts and even reached number 42 on the Billboard Pop chart. … Read More
1995 53 Years Old In 1995, she and George Jones recorded their first new duet album in fifteen years titled, One, which spawned a single of the same name. … Read More
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She recorded a cover version of The Beach Boys' "In My Room", a duet with Brian Wilson, for the group's 1996 comeback album Stars and Stripes Vol.1. … Read More
Wynette's last concert was given on March 5, 1998, stepping in for Loretta Lynn, who was ill at the time.
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