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Tammy Wynette

In many ways, Tammy Wynette deserves the title of "the First Lady of Country Music." During the late '60s and early '70s, she dominated the country charts, scoring 17 number one hits. Along with Loretta Lynn, she defined the role of female country vocalists in the '70s.

After her father, who was a musician, died when she was just eight months old, Wynette was raised at her grandparents' home in Mississippi; her mother moved to Birmingham, AL, to do military work. As a child, Wynette taught herself to play a variety of instruments left behind by her father. When she was a teenager, she moved to Birmingham to be with her mother. At 17, she married her first husband, Euple Byrd, and set to work as a hairdresser and beautician. The marriage was short-lived, but it produced three children within three years. By the time her third child was born, the couple were divorced.

Wynette's third child had spinal meningitis, which meant she had expensive medical bills to pay. In order to earn some extra money, she began performing in clubs at night. In 1965, she landed a regular spot on the television program The Country Boy Eddie Show, which led to appearances on Porter Wagoner's syndicated show. The following year, she moved to Nashville, where she auditioned for several labels before producer Billy Sherrill signed her to Epic Records.

"Apartment #9," Wynette's first single, was released late in 1966 and almost broke the country Top 40 early in 1967. 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 until the end of the '70s, interrupted by three singles that didn't crack the Top Ten. After "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" was a success, "My Elusive Dreams" became her first number one in the summer of 1967, followed by "I Don't Wanna Play House" later that year.

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). In 1968, she started a relationship with George Jones which would prove to be extremely stormy. Beginning in 1971, Wynette and Jones recorded a series of duets -- the first was the Top Ten "Take Me" -- which were as popular as their solo hits. However, the marriage was difficult and the couple divorced in 1975; they continued to record sporadically over the next two decades. Throughout the '70s, Wynette racked up number one hits.

In the early '80s, her career began to slow down. Although she still had hit singles, she didn't reach the Top Ten as easily as she had in the previous decade. That trend continued throughout the rest of the decade and into the '90s. Even though she didn't have as many hits as she'd had in the past, Wynette remained a respected star and a popular concert attraction. In the '80s, she began suffering a variety of health problems, including inflammation of her bile duct. She was hospitalized several times during the mid-'90s before her death on April 6, 1998. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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r.pugh20009
I absolutely love Tammy Wynette (pronounced Winette). I hate that when people mispronounce her last name. She is arguably the best female country singer ever. The 3disc boxed 25th anniversary collection Tears of Fire is a must have. Apartment #9 to Internationa l hit Justified & Ancient and 26 page biography.
This is one lovely lady of many in Country Music.****** * * * * *
kjdgray
If the music industry would bring back the traditional country music, I can't help but think that would help being a strong positive force for the young kids growing up today.
The crap that country stations play today is just a bunch of other artists that couldn't make it in their specific genre.
stapletonwat e r
This stuff they call country today is not country.
tracieannene l s o n
love this song, And will always love Tammy
Divorce never got one but She taught me to spell it
Happy birthday.
oldiron071
George Jones = FILTH-OF-THE - E A R T H !
REST IN PEACE TAMMY, YOU ARE FREE OF HIM!
Hey ya'll follow me (:
I had the opportunity to see Tammy Live @Hampton Beach Casino & Loved her performance. She was a lovely woman & her voice will never be replaced, therefore I'll just cherish my memories of her singing.
tammy is today's country.
Tammy Wynette is my all time number one, no-one can do to a song what she does.
525433228
Yes, George Jones has a new wife, she's Hispanic and they have a house in Ventura County. A big plot of land. I don't think he's singing anymore.
I MET TAMMY AND GEORGE IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, THEY PUT ON A SUPER SHOW..VERY SWEET PEOPLE.LOVE THEIR MUSIC, GREAT VOICES...THA T WAS MUSIC,,BACK THAN!!!
With her looks she could have been a movie star. Great voice, great country star.
keyeduplady
Would have to say I loved Tammy but I think it is hard to judge between her, Lorretta Lynn or even Dolly. They were diffinently three Honky Tonk Angels. That was GOOD country music.
great artist-grew up with this music too-her and George really loved each other-everyo n e has problems and issues so dont judge someone unless you have walked in their shoes---no one knows what goes on behind closed doors and it really isnt any ones business anyway!
Her voice reminds me of my dad and how much he loved her music when I was growing up in Indiana.
lepanto_gurl
I love Loretta Lynn, But she couldn't hold a candle to Tammy!
nebaker65
This is the STANDARD of country music i miss this so much My dad was a huge fan I love this era of country music!!!
True country music...
she should have NEVER taken up with Jones
pattyhill50
Believe She should've Been #1 Lady Singer...My Opinion
no1cowboyfan
The best female singer ever
gguy53
she was great/////// /
Absolutely the #1 entertainer I grew up with.
you know geoge doesnt tyr to say that tammy wasnt a big part of his life he loved her and will always i think and people need to understand the he will allways give tammy a big part of what made him what he and she is today i do know him and good to i work at the motel and whentakeing him his towels we talk and he loves tammy so know what u are talking about befor u judge him .
George Jones pic????????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
laura.mcgoni g l e 1
Don't you think you could give a bio on Tammy? I think she made a name for herself without old George.
had a twang that just made you stop and hear what she was singing. true country!!!
moxnixs
did tammy have a surgery to look like georgette ??
Hi
ddufus
Such a high voice coming out of that dude
isn't even her bio, what gives?!
Tammy Wynette her picture isn't posted?
could be because i am remembering my dad who is now dead and these were the peoples music he enjoyed!
clanesalisbu r y
Tammy Wynette was & still is the "Queen" why then, do you have George's bio under her music?
Tammy sings from the heart with emotions.
sassyjan
Taylor indeed
Taylor who?
dwvictorians q u a r e
WOW! I SURE MISS THAT SOUND ON TODAY'S COUNTRY RADIO STATIONS.
hunnyandjenn e r
My father actually ate dinner with her once
loclem
She was outstanding and I miss her so much.
fromchuck
I think her songs was and will alwas be as good as anything you won't hear today because there are not a true COUNTRY singer with todays young wantabes . C.B. TRUE COUNTY
tammy is and will always be
She reminds me of summer days and evenings in the country with my grandparents . She takes me back to when life was truly simple and carefree. When I smell fresh cut hay and rain...I think of her and those times.
I knew Tammy, her husband George and all the wonderful people she surrounded herself with. She was a wonderful wonman and a very gracious friend. I went to see the every time they were in Vegas and was allowed to become part of her family and a wonderful one it was especially with her at the helm.
She had one of hell of a bad life, most songs on tv or what sitting down cause of illness.. sad life.some her song make me ache, with my life
Tammy, Patsy, Loretta..... . . . . . . .
I beleive it was George that sang "Who will fill there shoes?"

Amen!
Listen to the ache in her voice...Amer i c a n . Totally wonderful.

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