Tammy Wynette, singer
birth name: Virginia Wynette Pugh

Tammy Wynette

May 5, 1942, Itawamba County, MS ~ April 6, 1998, Nashville, TN

Her distinctive voice and singing style was characterized frequently as the ideal of country soul. She was noted and remembered as the embodiment of the Nashville country music sound, both because of her twangy, heart wrenching voice and her memorable musical arrangements which featured the classic country sounds of steel guitars mixed with strings. ~ Musicianguide: Tammy Wynette ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Musicianguide ~ retrieved June 3, 2013 © Musicianguide

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April 6, 1974 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) John Denver, Sunshine On My Shoulders ~ #2 (4) Elton John, Bennie And The Jets ~ #1 (2) Blue Swede, Hooked On A Feeling


She nurtured dreams of performing and writing music from a very young age, and secured a deal with Epic in 1966. She came out of the gate with a barrage of successful singles, beginning with Johnny Paycheck's Apartment #9 in 1967 and peaking with her 1969 number-one hit, Stand By Your Man. Wynette co-wrote the latter with her long-time producer, Billy Sherrill. In 1969, Wynette joined the Grand Ole Opry. That same year saw the release of her Greatest Hits, Volume 1, which became the first album by a female country singer to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Although her winning streak continued into the '70s, her greatest fame in that decade would come from her chart-topping duets with George Jones. Their songs together, including the number-one country hits Near You and Golden Ring, are among the most famous duets in popular music. The couple were married in 1970, but the tumultuous relationship ended in divorce in 1975; nevertheless, they would continue to work together sporadically. ~ Rolling Stone: Tammy Wynette Obituary ~ April 7, 1998 © Rolling Stone

Tammy Wynette ~ Inducted in the 2009 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.


Tammy Wynette ~ D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968) ~ #251 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

Tammy Wynette ~ Stand By Your Man (Sherrill/Wynette) ~ Ranked #6 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Country Songs in 2014 ~ A family-values tract with its share of contradictions (Wynette was a four-time divorcée). But there’s no mistaking the power in her voice or the beauty in Billy Sherrill’s lush production. ~ 2014 © Rolling Stone

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