Tammy Wynette
American country music singer/songwriter
Tammy Wynette
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.
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Jessica Chastain Plays A Lobbyist In 'Miss Sloane,' But You Can't Lobby Her To Watch 'The Tree Of Life'
Huffington Post - 3 months
In “Miss Sloane,” Jessica Chastain plays a no-frills Washington lobbyist who’d sooner burn everyone in her path than fail. A fan of black power suits and pill-popping, Elizabeth Sloane is brash and intimidating ― the exact opposite of Chastain, whose 12-year career has lent her a reputation as one of the nice ones in Hollywood.  Opening in limited release this weekend, “Miss Sloane” once again places Chastain in the middle of a congested Best Actress race. It would mark her third Oscar nomination, after “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” I sat down with Chastain last month to discuss the movie, women’s roles in the lobbying world, preparing to play Tammy Wynette and why she can’t watch “The Tree of Life.” Elizabeth Sloane is like Olivia Pope from “Scandal” meets Carrie Mathieson from “Homeland.” [Laughs] That’s a really interesting parallel to make. For me, “Sloane” is a story about addiction because she’s addicted to the win. I think Carrie is like that in “Homeland.” But a ...
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Hillary Needs To Be The Hero She Once Was
Huffington Post - 5 months
Hillary is running out the clock this election. She is leading slightly in the polls, and conventional wisdom was that if she avoided making any more mistakes, she would coast to an easy victory. Right? Although this might have been a winning strategy a few months ago, Trump's recent gains in the polls are beginning to pose a real threat. Time might be running out for Hillary. Clinton needs to be an agent of change, like Obama was in 2008. Unfortunately, she now represents the "establishment" which fills many Americans with dread -- and for good reason. Clinton doesn't seem to appreciate how much people are disgusted with the politicians in Washington and the political process in general -- how much they want change. She may be making a fatal mistake. For too long, the American people have known that their politicians are morally -- if not legally -- corrupt. Giving money for access and favors is endemic and widely practiced. The current Supreme Court just this year appr ...
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Margo Price, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016
NPR - 7 months
The country singer, who's been compared to Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, blazed through a set that demonstrated she's forging her own path. Hear the full concert.
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Brad Paisley Debuts A Little Ditty About North Carolina's Bathroom Law
Huffington Post - 9 months
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PBS Documentary on Loretta Lynn Recounts the Debt Modern Country Music Owes to 'Fist City'
Huffington Post - 12 months
Loretta Lynn won America's affection with the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter. Now the producers of a new PBS documentary want her to also score a little more of America's admiration. "Besides being a wonderful, genuine person, Loretta is underrated as an artist and particularly as a songwriter," says executive producer Elliott Halpern from Yap Films, which made Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl. That documentary debuts at 9 p.m. ET Friday in the PBS "American Masters" series, marking the start of Women's History Month and coming just six weeks ahead of Lynn's 84th birthday. Lynn launched her music career a little on the late side. She married at 15 and had four children by the age of 20, which was why she didn't around to having her first country hit, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," until 1960, when she was 28. Over the next 20 years, she scored 16 No. 1 hits while becoming a larger-than-life American personality. One vintage clip in Still a Mountain Girl shows her comple ...
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One Thing a Woman Can't Do
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You cannot police a man's penis. Ask Hillary, or Camille Cosby, or Huma Abedin. What does a woman do when allegations against the man she's married to include unprovable and alleged crimes that make her ashamed? Mrs. Cosby has chosen to deny, deny, and then her lawyers petitioned and got a stay on her deposition in the defamation suit brought by seven Cosby accusers. But what does she think of the women who are victims of her husband? Mrs. Cosby is quoted as saying she "stopped being embarrassed long ago" during years of Bill Cosby's serial philandering. The public now knows this includes allegations from over 50 women, including that he drugged and sexually assaulted them. No one's blaming Camille Cosby. Hillary's not so lucky. ... Flowers accused Hillary of being "an enabler that has encouraged [Bill] to go out and do whatever he does with women." -- Karen Tumulty and Frances Stead Sellers (Washington Post) That's because Hillary wants to be president. So ...
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Almost Everyone Was Wrong About 'Hee Haw'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Hee Haw was a concept that nobody (including myself) thought would ever succeed. Some feared the proposed television program would set the burgeoning country music industry back 25 years. I had my trepidation, but had learned long before in this business that you say "yes" to everything, because most things never happen. My manager Jim Halsey and I agreed that doing the show wouldn't seriously damage my career. We assumed people would forget about it after its run of twelve episodes on CBS was over and hopefully also forgive me in the process. I'm happy to say that everyone was wrong--the TV and music executives, the television critics and me--everyone except for the American public. Nearly half a century later, Hee Haw continues to remain beloved and popular with its long-time fans and those who have discovered the program through reruns and DVD releases. Only last month, another new collection was released by Time/Life giving everyone a chance to see such legendary artists like Lor ...
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Heidi Howe's Love: Looking for the Same Kind of Crazy
Huffington Post - about 3 years
February 14 went from clandestine handwritten expressions of love and desire to mass-produced greeting cards. For some, it is a day to spend with loved ones exchanging winged-cupid symbols or confectioneries. For others, it is a day when heartbreak and heartache resurfaces. The truth: Love and desire have been a preoccupation for men throughout generations, inciting the great thinkers to probe into the recesses of these passions in hope to better understand their true nature. The ancient Greek philosophers were especially drawn to understanding love, for they saw their desire for wisdom as comparable to eroticism. The questions concerning love and desire most likely go way passed antiquity perhaps appearing at the moment life began. So alluring is the subject that treatises on love appear throughout history sometimes uniting love and desire, other times separating the two. But philosophical contemplation and treaties are unpoetic and do not move most people most deeply. ...
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What's Kathleen Hanna Listening to 16 Years Post-Bikini Kill?
Mother Jones - about 3 years
Two decades ago, Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna, who now fronts a quintet called The Julie Ruin, was at the forefront of the punk-rock feminist movement. I asked the riot grrrl icon what she's listening to nowadays, and here's what she had to say. To read the rest of our interview, click here. 1. I'd say Santigold is probably my favorite younger artist. "Creator" is the song that I listen to when I'm really like, "I can't do it anymore!" It's such a bold statement about being someone who makes stuff, whatever that stuff is. It gives me so much confidence.   2. I really like Grimes a lot. I love that she produces her music and she's unapologetic about being a feminist. It sounds like a contradiction to mix fashion with feminism and I really love that she just walks through that like, "What do you mean? There's no contradiction."   3. I've been really into Vic Chesnutt lately. His music is so moving and so beautiful, and his voice is just so different than anybody ...
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'The Book Of Jezebel' Gives You All The Info You Need, From A-Z
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anyone who's spent time with women's media is well acquainted with Jezebel, the fun, smart and appropriately snarky website started by Anna Holmes in 2007. The goal, according to Holmes, was to appeal to female readers without talking down to them. It quickly became clear that there was a strong desire for this type of content, and she and her staff ended up dominating the lady blogosphere. After years of editing the site, Holmes was burnt out and decided that it was time for a new project. Enter The Book of Jezebel, available Oct. 22, which was written by a range of contributors and edited by Holmes. "I like sitting and reading the dictionary so I got the idea to do a reference book, a sort of encyclopedia of the world according to the sensibilities of the site," Holmes told The Huffington Post earlier this month. The book, which includes entries that range from "indulge" to "Elizabeth Warren" to the "Hyde Amendment," serves as a sort of witty encyclopedia of all things lady-related. ...
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Zimmerman's Wife To 'Think About' Staying Married To Him
Huffington Post - over 3 years
SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman's wife says she's going to have to "think about" whether she stays married to him. Shelli Zimmerman made the comments to ABC on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husband's arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Her husband, who was acquitted on second-degree murder charges in July, wasn't in the Sanford courtroom Wednesday as she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service – even though she supported him and even lied about their finances. "She was scared," her attorney, Kelly Sims, said after Wednesday's hearing. "Her husband was locked up. She didn't know what was going on. So, she stood by her man, like Tammy Wynette says." Shelli Zimmerman told ABC "I always want my husband's support." Asked if she and George Zimmerman are still together, Shelli Zimmerman said, "I'm not going to ...
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Jeanne Zaino: Why We Are Fascinated By (and Rooting For) Huma
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Women are fascinated with Huma Abedin for the same reason we have always been riveted by long-suffering political wives: they give lie to what we are taught from the time we are young. More importantly, when they suffer indignities at the hands of their cheating spouses they have opportunities for coming back better and stronger that we mere mortals (i.e. non-political wives) could only wish for. From the time they are young, girls are taught that you can know a woman by how she reacts if her spouse is unfaithful. The strong, smart and empowered leave right away and without hesitation. They take their kids, they move on, they pick up their lives and, free from that jerk, they make a successful life for themselves. The others, the weaker and less empowered, stay. And since we know the old adage "once a cheater always a cheater," it's pretty clear that their lives will be like Betty Draper's in seasons 1 and 2. But these rules don't apply to political wives; even in the p ...
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Binky Philips: How a New York City Rock Kid Fell for George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"If we could, we'd all sing like George Jones" - Waylon Jennings Truth be told, it's been awhile since I just sat down and banged one of these here drivel-spews out. But... George Jones died Friday. I was 15. I'd been playing guitar for a whole 4 years. I knew Keith Richards was the greatest guitar player on the planet. I'd enjoyed Laugh-In as much as half the world did. That made me tune into Hee Haw its first season. Heck, why not! What I collided with head-on was a new musical reality. During the first two season, at least, Hee Haw's musical guests performed live backed by a live band. Compared to how bad some rock bands had sounded on the air, the sound quality and what I'd later know as 'the mix' was always dead perfect. But, two really important things shown through to this rock 'n' roll brat... "Nashville Cats" by The Lovin' Spoonful didn't even nick the surface of what country guitar players were doing. Don Rich, Buck Owens' head Buckaroo, simply ...
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LISTEN: George Jones' Greatest Breakup Ballads
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
With his supple, soulful voice and hard-luck songs, few could channel heartbreak quite like George Jones. Perhaps it was because the country singer, who died Friday at the age of 81, had gone through his own torment throughout his life, from battling drug and alcohol problems, to dealing with the sting of multiple divorces (three in all -- his fourth and final marriage, to wife Nancy Sepulvado, lasted from 1983 until his death.) Some of Jones' greatest ballads are arguably his duets with third wife, Tammy Wynette, who he continued making music with long after their six-year marriage ended in 1975. Below, we've assembled six of our favorite ballads by Jones, including "Golden Rings," a duet with Wynette, and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," his 1980 hit about a man who'd never gotten over his broken heart. Listen, then head to the comments and share your favorite George Jones songs. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Divorce on Facebook and Twitter.
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Be Humble Day Playlist
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Bob Dylan Song: Disease of Conceit Album: Oh Mercy Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com The Beach Boys Song: Hang On to Your Ego (Mono Version) Album: Pet Sounds Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Mac Davis Song: It's Hard to Be Humble Album: Very Best and More Genre: Country Buy: iTunes.com George Jones & Tammy Wynette Song: Something to Brag About Album: We Go Together Genre: Country Buy: iTunes.com Billy Preston Song: I Want to Thank You Album: That's the Way God Planned It (Remastered) Genre: Rock/Soul Buy: iTunes.com The Libertines Song: Narcissist Album: The Libertines Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Song: Humble Me Album: 100 Days, 100 Nights Genre: R&B/Soul Buy: iTunes.com Clancy Eccles Song: Don't Brag, Don't Boast Album: Clancy Eccles Presents His Reggae Revue Genre: Reggae Buy: iTunes.com ...
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Melissa Etheridge On New CD: 'I'm Exploring Being 51'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- At 51, Melissa Etheridge isn't coasting on her accomplishments. Take her guitar work. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, whose 12th studio album has been released this week, challenged herself to play all the guitar parts this time around for the first time. "I kind of thought when I was 30 that you're as good as your going to get. And that's not true," she says. "I have gotten so much better and I'm celebrating it on this album." The album, "4th Street Feeling," has a dozen songs that mostly look backward – to her parents, childhood and breakups. It's named after a street in Etheridge's hometown of Leavenworth, Kan. "I'm exploring being 51. I'm exploring the maturity, the wisdom that just comes from having gone around the sun 50 times," she says. "My experience is, `Oh, I'm never really going to get it right. I'm never going to get it done. But that's not the point here.' The point is the journey." Listeners will get some nostalgia – ...
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Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music
Mother Jones - over 4 years
Dolly Parton, Symphony Hall, Boston, 1972 See all photos from this photo essay » One look at Henry Horenstein's new photo book Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, out this month from WW Norton, and you'll get a solid taste of what I love in music, a sense of authenticity. However you want to define that loaded word, you'll get a sense of what I mean as soon as you open this book. Sure, country music in the '70s was every bit as show-biz as any other genre. But here you get a look of something real: real people, real country music, real living. Real America, or at least piece of it. The title is a hint at what you get inside: country music (not just country musicians). The cover says it all: a stark, simple photo of a Rock-Ola jukebox pushed against a wall covered with signed promo photos and album covers. As a young photographer, Horenstein more or less adhered to the sage advice handed down to nearly every photographer: Shoot what you know, shoot what you love. He loved count ...
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Mike Ragogna: Birth & Rebirth: A Conversation With Jimmy Cliff, Plus Chatting With Eleni Mandell
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Jimmy Cliff Mike Ragogna: Jimmy Cliff, I love you! Jimmy Cliff: Thank you! MR: (laughs) You have contributed to the culture in ways that some people, I think, are unaware of, and I want to get to that story. But first, for your new album Rebirth, you took a different approach. Can you describe it? JC: Absolutely. It's produced by Tim Armstrong, and I've written some of the songs with Tim Armstrong. That's a completely different avenue from what I've done in the past. MR: Rancid's Tim Armstrong. JC: Right, Rancid, yes. MR: Jimmy, was this album recorded as just a band playing together in the studio, everyone together? JC: Yes. Back in the day, that's the way the recording business went. You'd go into the studio with four, five or six people and you all feel each other's energy and kick it off and record it. That's the way we did it. MR: Let's talk about the players for a second. JC: Well, the players are all from L.A., and tha ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tammy Wynette
    TWENTIES
  • 1998
    A special CD collection titled Tammy Wynette: Collector's Edition was released in 1998, that included Wynette's signature "Stand by Your Man", which even charted outside the Top 40 on the Country charts that year.
    More Details Hide Details Wynette's signature song "Stand by Your Man" has been covered by both men and women alike. Fellow country singers, including Lynn Anderson, Dottie West, Loretta Lynn, Elton John and Lyle Lovett have covered the song, as well as rock bands, including Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and of Motörhead with Wendy O Williams of the Plasmatics, Martina McBride covered Wynette's 1976, "'Til I Can Make It on My Own" for her 2005, Timeless album, which was a cover album of Country music standards. It was covered comedically in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers". "Stand by Your Man" placed at No. 48 on RIAA's 1997 list of Songs of the Century, which consisted of the 300 of their considered-to-be greatest and best-known songs of the twentieth century. The musical Stand by Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, which premiered at the Ryman Auditorium in 2001 and later toured, is a biographical treatment of Wynette's life and music, and features several songs recorded by Wynette and/or George Jones.
    In 1998, following Wynette's death, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors of her career.
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    Wynette's last television appearance was on the TNN series Prime Time Country on March 9, 1998, performing "Stand by Your Man" and "Take Me to Your World".
    More Details Hide Details Wynette's last Grand Ole Opry appearance was on May 17, 1997; she performed "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" which was her first top five hit, and "Stand by Your Man" her No. 1 song and signature song, and her first single "Apartment #9" which had gone to No. 44 on the Billboard Country Charts but had become a classic to her loyal fan base and to Country Music. Lorrie Morgan and Jan Howard, appeared on the Opry too, helping Tammy out; Tammy was one of Lorrie's idols growing up (also friends) and Jan, another one of Tammy's close friends, also had a successful career in Country and Western music during the 1960s.
    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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  • 1996
    She appeared as herself in the Married... with Children episode "The Juggs Have Left The Building", which originally aired on December 1, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Wynette was married five times: to Euple Byrd (married April 1960– divorced 1966) Three Daughters; Don Chapel, born Lloyd Franklin Amburgey (m. 1967 – annulled 1968); George Jones (m. February 16, 1969 – divorced March 21, 1975); Michael Tomlin (m. July 18, 1976 – a. September 1976) 44 days; and singer/songwriter George Richey (m. July 6, 1978 – her death April 6, 1998). Richey was her manager throughout much of the 1980s. Wynette was once linked romantically with actor Burt Reynolds and they were good friends up to Wynette's sudden death. Wynette had three children with Byrd; She gave birth to two daughters by the time she was 20. Gwendolyn Lee ("Gwen") Byrd (born April 15, 1961), Jacquelyn Faye ("Jackie") Byrd (b. August 2, 1962) and Tina Denise Byrd (b. March 27, 1965). According to Tammy's autobiography Stand by Your Man Tina was born three months prematurely. Having spent her first three months in an incubator. Tina weighed an estimated two pounds at birth. She was not quite five pounds when she arrived home at just three months old, Tina was home for only three weeks when a relative whom Tammy lived with at the time said "Every time I try to pick her up she screams in pain and I think it's her back." Tammy found out Tina was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis, and was given a slim chance to live through it.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The track was held back for a proposed second volume, which never appeared, but Wynette's performance is included in the TV documentary Beach Boys: Nashville Sounds. Wynette lent her vocals on the UK No. 1 hit Perfect Day in 1997, which was written by Lou Reed. Wynette was also the voice for the character Tilly Hill (Hank Hill's mother) on the animated series King of the Hill until her death. Actress K Callan took over the voice role.
  • 1995
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The single was the duo's first music video together. They last performed together in 1997 at Lanierland Music Park.
  • 1993
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The one single that was released from the album, a cover of "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" peaked outside the Country Top 40 in 1993. The following year, she released Without Walls, a collection of duets with a number of country, pop and rock and roll performers, including Wynonna Judd, Elton John, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Smokey Robinson, Sting and a number of others. An album cut titled "Girl Thang", a duet with Wynonna Judd, reached No. 64 in 1994, but no singles were released from this album. She also appeared as a celebrity contestant on Wheel of Fortune during that same year. Wynette also designed and sold her own line of jewelry in the 1990s.
  • 1991
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The song gave Wynette a new following, and was her highest-charting single on the Billboard Pop charts. In the video, scrolling electronic titles said that "Miss Tammy Wynette is the first lady of country music" and listed a number of her accomplishments in the recording industry. Wynette appeared in the video wearing a crown and seated on a throne. In 1992, future First Lady Hillary Clinton said during a 60 Minutes interview either "I'm not sitting here as some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette". or "I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette". (The end of this quotation has also appeared as "some little woman, standing by my man and baking cookies, like Tammy Wynette." However, the reference to cookie baking more likely comes from an unrelated remark by Hillary Clinton: "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.") The remark set off a firestorm of controversy. Wynette wrote to Clinton, saying, "With all that is in me, I resent your caustic remark. I believe you have offended every true country-music fan and every person who has made it on their own with no one to take them to the White House." Clinton then called to apologize after she saw the large negative reaction she received, and asked Wynette to perform at a fundraiser.
  • 1990
    In 1990, Heart Over Mind was released and showed that Wynette's popularity on radio was declining.
    More Details Hide Details The album yielded no Top 40 Country hits, although numerous singles were released between 1990 and 1991, including a duet with Randy Travis titled, "We're Strangers Again".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Wynette's 1987 album Higher Ground featured a neotraditional country sound and was both a critical and relative commercial success.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured contributions from Larry Gatlin, Vince Gill, Ricky Van Shelton, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris and The O'Kanes. Two of the singles released from the album, "Your Love" and "Talkin' to Myself Again", reached the top 20 on the U.S. country singles charts; a third single, "Beneath a Painted Sky" (featuring duet vocals from Emmylou Harris) reached No. 25 in early 1988 (it would ultimately be Tammy Wynette's final top-40 country single).
  • 1986
    In 1986, she acted on the CBS TV soap opera Capitol, playing beautician/singer Darlene Stankowski.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, she filed for bankruptcy as a result of a bad investment in two Florida shopping centers.
  • 1982
    In 1982 she recorded a track with The Ray Conniff Singers, a rendition of "Delta Dawn", in order to be included in the Conniff's duets album "The Nashville Connection", but ultimately the track didn't enter.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, her medical problems continued, including inflammations of her bile duct.
  • 1981
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Actress Annette O'Toole portrayed Wynette in the film. Beginning in the early 1980s, however, her chart success began to wane, though, she did continue to have top-20 hits during this period, including "Starting Over" and "He Was There (When I Needed You)" (both 1980), a cover of the Everly Brothers' hit "Crying in the Rain" (1981), "Another Chance", "You Still Get to Me in My Dreams" (both 1982) and "A Good Night's Love" (1983). A 1985 cover of the '70s Dan Hill hit "Sometimes When We Touch", performed with Mark Grey, reached No. 6 in 1985.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Following 1976, Wynette's popularity slightly slowed, however, she continued to reach the Top 10 until the end of the decade, with such hits as "Let's Get Together (One Last Time), "One of a Kind" (both 1977), "Womanhood" (1978) "No One Else in this World" and "They Call It Makin' Love" (both 1979).
    More Details Hide Details She had a total of 20 number one hits on the U.S. country singles charts (16 solo, three with Jones, and one with Houston). Along with Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Dottie West, and Lynn Anderson, she helped redefine the role and place of female country singers.
    In 1976, Wynette had another No. 1 as a solo artist, "You and Me", which became her final No. 1 as a solo artist.
    More Details Hide Details Her last No. 1 came as a duet with George Jones in early 1977 titled, "Near You".
    In 1976, after having her public divorce from Jones the previous year, Wynette recorded, "'Til I Can Make It on My Own".
    More Details Hide Details Often said by music critics to be about her break-up from Jones and moving on with her life, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. country singles charts, and No. 84 on the pop singles charts, becoming her first single in three years to enter the pop charts. Often considered to be one of her signature songs, it more or less helped Wynette's career after her divorce, showing she could remain popular. It was recorded two years later as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, whose version reached No. 3 on the country singles charts in 1979.
  • 1970
    In October 1970 after giving birth to Georgette, Wynette had an appendectomy and a hysterectomy.
    More Details Hide Details Complications from the hysterectomy included adhesions which later formed into keloids. She developed a chronic inflammation of the bile ducts and was intermittently hospitalized, from 1970 until her death on April 6, 1998. During her brief marriage to Michael Tomlin, she was in hospital for half of their time together as a couple, including surgeries on her gallbladder, kidney and on the nodules on her throat. Wynette also developed a serious addiction to painkiller medication in the 1980s, which became quite a problem in her life during that time. However, in 1986, she sought help entering the Betty Ford Center for drug treatment that year. In spite of the time away for treatment, she joined the cast of the CBS defunct soap opera Capitol on March 25, 1986, playing the role of a hair stylist-turned-singer, Darlene Stankowski. Just after Christmas 1993, Wynette woke up in the middle of the night with severe pains and was rushed to The Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lay five days in a coma caused by a bile duct infection. After she survived, she had to undergo yet another operation, an intestinal bypass. She resumed touring not long after. Pamela Lansden of People quoted Wynette's personal spin on life's tribulations as "The sad part about happy endings is there's nothing to write about."
    Jones and Wynette had one daughter together, Tamala Georgette, born in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Georgette Jones has, in recent years, become a successful country music artist who frequently pays tribute to her mother at her shows.
    In 1970, director Bob Rafelson used a number of her songs in the soundtrack of his 1970 film Five Easy Pieces.
    More Details Hide Details During the early 1970s, Wynette, along with singer Loretta Lynn, ruled the country charts and was one of the most successful female vocalists of the genre. During the early 1970s, number one singles included "He Loves Me All the Way" "Run Woman, Run" and "The Wonders You Perform" (all from 1970), "Good Lovin' (Makes it Right)", "Bedtime Story" (both 1971) "My Man (Understands)", "'Til I Get it Right" (1972), and "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (1973). One of them, "The Wonders You Perform", was a hit in Italy in 1971, thanks to Ornella Vanoni, who recorded the song in an Italian version, "Domani è un altro giorno" ("Tomorrow is another day"). Concurrent to her solo success, a number of her duets with Jones reached the top ten on the U.S. country singles charts during this time, including "The Ceremony" (1972), "We're Gonna Hold On" (1973), and "Golden Ring" (1976). In 1968, Wynette became the second female vocalist to win the Country Music Association Awards' "Female Vocalist of the Year" award, later winning an additional two other times (1969, 1970). For nearly two decades, Wynette held the record for most consecutive wins, until 1987 when Reba McEntire won the award for the fourth consecutive time.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album would later be awarded Platinum record status (awarded for albums selling in excess of 1,000,000 copies) in June 1989.
  • 1969
    In 1969, Wynette won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Stand by Your Man", which is now, according to critics, considered a "classic" or Country music "standard".
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Jones and Wynette recorded a sequence of albums and singles that hit the charts throughout the 1970s and early eighties. Tammy Wynette was born Virginia Wynette Pugh near Tremont, Mississippi, the only child of Mildred Faye (née Russell; September 3, 1921 - June 24, 1991) and William Hollice Pugh (June 2, 1916 - February 13, 1943). Wynette's father was a farmer and local musician who died of a brain tumor when Wynette was nine months old. Her mother worked in an office, as a substitute school teacher, as well as on the family farm. After her husband's death, Mildred Pugh left her daughter in the care of her own parents, Thomas Chester Russell, and his wife, Flora, and moved to Memphis to work in a defense plant during World War II.
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  • 1968
    In April 2011, Wynette's 1968 original recording of "Stand by Your Man" was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress to be preserved as one of that year's 25 recordings chosen for their cultural significance.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, the Germany-based independent record label Bear Family Records released a box set by George Jones, which showcased his recordings for Musicor and included the earliest duets with Wynette. A group of friends and volunteers are currently planning a Tammy Wynette Museum in Tremont, Mississippi. The State of Mississippi will provide part of the funding. There are also efforts to produce a Tammy Wynette stamp thru the US Postal Service.
    Tammy Wynette divorced her second husband, Don Chapel in 1968. Tammy married George Jones on February 16, 1969 in Ringgold, Georgia. They were married for six years, until their divorce, which was finalized on March 21, 1975. Even after their 1975 divorce (due largely to Jones' alcoholism), their professional collaboration continued with regularity through 1980; years later in 1995, they made a reunion album entitled One.
    More Details Hide Details It was well received, although it didn't achieve their earlier chart success.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It stirred up controversy and was criticized initially, and it became a lightning rod for feminists. Nevertheless, the song became very successful, reaching the top spot on the Country charts, and was also a Top 20 pop hit, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard pop charts in 1968, Wynette's only Top 40 hit as a solo artist on the pop charts.
  • 1967
    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.
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  • 1966
    Her first single, Apartment No. 9 (written by Bobby Austin and Johnny Paycheck), was released in December 1966, and just missed the Top 40 on the Country charts, peaking at No. 44.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed by "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad", which became a big hit, peaking at number three. The song launched a string of Top Ten hits that ran through the end of the '70s, interrupted only by three singles that didn't crack the Top Ten.
    When Sherrill heard Wynette sing it, he was impressed and decided to sign her up to Epic Records in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details Once she was signed to Epic, Sherrill suggested she change her name to make more of an impression. According to her 1979 memoir, Stand by Your Man, during their meeting, Wynette was wearing her long, blonde hair in a ponytail, and Sherrill noted that she reminded him of Debbie Reynolds in the film Tammy and the Bachelor. He suggested "Tammy" as a possible name, so she became Tammy Wynette.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After being turned down repeatedly by all of the other record companies, she auditioned for the producer Billy Sherrill. Sherrill was originally reluctant to sign her up, but decided to do so after finding himself in need of a singer for Apartment No. 9.
  • 1965
    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.
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  • 1963
    In 1963, she attended Beauty College in Tupelo, Mississippi, where she learned to be a hairdresser.
    More Details Hide Details She continued to renew her cosmetology license every year for the rest of her life – just in case she ever had to go back to a daily job. She left Euple, her first husband, before the birth of their third daughter. That baby developed spinal meningitis, and Wynette tried to earn extra money by performing at night. Euple did not support her ambition to become a country singer, and, according to Wynette, as she drove away he told her "Dream on, Baby". Years later he appeared at one of her concerts as she was signing autographs and asked for one. She signed it "Dream on, baby."
  • 1946
    In 1946, Mildred Pugh married Foy Lee, a farmer.
    More Details Hide Details Wynette grew up in her maternal grandparents' home, which had no indoor toilets or running water. She was raised with an aunt, Carolyn Russell, who was only five years older, thus more of a sister than an aunt. As a girl, Wynette taught herself to play a variety of musical instruments that had been left by her deceased father. Wynette attended Tremont High School, where she was an all-star basketball player. A month before graduation, several months before her 18th birthday, she wed her first husband, Euple Byrd. He was a construction worker, but had trouble keeping a job, and they moved from place to place several times. Wynette worked as a waitress, a receptionist, and a barmaid, and also in a shoe factory.
  • 1942
    Born on May 5, 1942.
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