|Birth name||Virginia Wynette Pugh|
|Born||May 5, 1942|
|Origin||Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA|
|Died||April 6, 1998 (aged 55)|
|Genre(s)||Country, Nashville Sound|
|Occupation(s)||Hairdresser prior to singing career, Singer, Songwriter, Actress|
|Years active||1966 – 1998|
|Label(s)||Epic (1966 – 1998)|
|Associated acts||George Jones, David Houston, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, Randy Travis|
|Website||Tammy Wynette Official Site|
Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally as Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 - April 6, 1998), was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female vocalists. Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Itawamba County is a County located in the US state of Mississippi. Mississippi ( is a state located in the Deep South of the United States The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato in the Battle of Thapsus Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. The Nashville sound arose during the late 1950s as a sub-genre of American Country music, replacing the chart dominance of Honky tonk music which was A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment. MCA Records was an American -based record company owned by MCA Inc George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of This article is about the country music singer For other uses see David Houston. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Country music Singer / Songwriter, Author, actress Wynonna Judd (born May 30, 1964 in Ashland Kentucky) is an American Country music singer Randy Travis (born Randy Bruce Traywick, May 4, 1959 in Marshville North Carolina) is an American multiple Grammy Award - and Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato in the Battle of Thapsus Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
She was known as the "First Lady of Country Music" and one of her best-known songs, "Stand by Your Man," was one of the biggest selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre. " Stand by Your Man " is a 1968 song cowritten by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and sung by Tammy Wynette Many of Tammy Wynette's hits dealt with classic themes of loneliness, divorce and the difficulties of male-female relationships. Her songs reflected her often-troubled romantic life (she married five times). But her willingness to share her joys and sorrows in song and her passionate, tear-in-every-note delivery endeared her to millions.  During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she dominated the country charts, scoring 17 number one hits. Along with Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, she defined the role of female country vocalists in the 1970s. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Country music Singer / Songwriter, Author, actress
Her 1969 marriage to legendary country singer, George Jones (which would end in divorce in 1975) created the first country music couple. George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of They recorded a series of duet albums and singles, which charted throughout the 1970s, concurrent to their respective solo hits.
Tammy Wynette was born Virginia Wynette Pugh near Tremont, Mississippi, the only child of William Hollice Pugh (died February 13, 1943) and Mildred Faye Russell (1922 – 1991). Tremont is a town in Itawamba County, Mississippi, United States. Mississippi ( is a state located in the Deep South of the United States She was always called Wynette (pronounced Win-net), or Nettie, instead of Virginia.
Her father was a farmer and local musician. He died of a brain tumor when Wynette was nine months of age. A brain tumor is any intracranial Tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either in the Brain itself ( Neurons Her mother worked in an office, as a substitute school teacher, as well as on the family farm. After the death of Hollice Pugh, she left Wynette in the care of her parents, Thomas Chester and Flora A. Russell, and moved to Memphis to work in a World War II defense plant. Memphis is a City in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the County seat of Shelby County. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including In 1946, she married Foy Lee, a farmer from Mississippi. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Wynette was raised on the Itawamba County farm of her maternal grandparents where she was born. Itawamba County is a County located in the US state of Mississippi. The place was partly on the border with Alabama. She often claimed that the state line ran right through their property, joking "my top half came from Alabama and my bottom half came from Mississippi". As a youngster, she worked in the fields picking cotton alongside the hired crews to get in the crop. She grew up with her aunt, Carolyn Russell, who was only five years older than she was. As a child, Wynette taught herself to play a variety of instruments left behind by her father.  Wynette also sang Gospel music with her grandmother, and genre Wynette grew to liking, idolizing certain Gospel vocalists like '40s Gospel/Country star, Molly O' Day.
As a child and teenager, she found in country music an escape from her hard life. Wynette grew up idolizing Hank Williams, Skeeter Davis, Patsy Cline, and George Jones, and would play their records over and over on the children's record player she owned, dreaming of one day being a star herself. Hank Williams ( September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American Singer-songwriter and Musician who has Skeeter Davis (born Mary Frances Penick December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004) was an American country music singer Patsy Cline (b Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American Country George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of
She attended Tremont High School, where she was an all-star basketball player. A month before graduation, she married her first husband, Euple Byrd. He was a construction worker, but had trouble holding down a job, and they moved several times. One of their homes had no running water. She worked as a waitress, receptionist, and a barmaid, and also worked in a shoe factory. In 1963, she attended beauty school in Tupelo, Mississippi, and became a hairdresser; she would renew her cosmetology license every year for the rest of her life, just in case she should have to go back to a daily job. Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Tupelo ( IPA:) is the largest city in and the County seat of Lee County, Mississippi, United States. She left her first husband before the birth of their third daughter. He did not support her ambition to become a country singer, and, according to Wynette, told her "Dream on, Baby. "
Her baby developed spinal meningitis and Wynette tried to make extra money by performing at night. In 1965, Wynette sang on the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, which led to some appearances with Porter Wagoner. Birmingham (ˈbɝmɪŋhæm is the largest City in the US state of Alabama and is the County seat of Jefferson County. Porter Wayne Wagoner ( August 12, 1927 &ndash October 28, 2007) was an American Country music singer In 1966, she moved with her three girls from Birmingham to Nashville, Tennessee, where she attempted to get a recording contract. After being turned down repeatedly by every other record company she'd met with, she auditioned for producer Billy Sherrill. Billy Sherrill (born Phil Campbell, Alabama, November 5 1936) was a record producer and arranger who is most famous for his association with Sherrill, who was originally reluctant to sign her, decided to do so, her after finding himself in need of a singer to cover a song given to him, "Apartment No. 9". When Sherrill heard Wynette sing it, he was impressed and decided to sign her to Epic Records in 1966. Epic Records is an American Record label. It is owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment.
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 Sherill noted that she reminded him of Debbie Reynolds in the film "Tammy and the Bachelor," and suggested "Tammy" as a possible name; thus she became Tammy Wynette. Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an Academy Award -nominated American actress, Singer Tammy and the Bachelor is a 1957 Romantic comedy film and is the first of the four Tammy movies.
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. Johnny Paycheck ( May 31, 1938 &ndash February 19, 2003) was a Country music singer 44. 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. 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. David Houston may refer to David F Houston, American politician David Houston (singer, country singer  "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. The Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance was first awarded in 1965 to Dottie West.
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). " D-I-V-O-R-C-E " is an American Country music song written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, and made famous in 1968 by Tammy Wynette  "Stand by Your Man", which was reportedley written in the Epic studio in just fifteen minutes by Billy Sherrill and Wynette herself, the song was released at a time when the women's rights movement was beginning to stir in the U. " Stand by Your Man " is a 1968 song cowritten by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and sung by Tammy Wynette S. The message in the song that said a woman should stick to the side of her man, despite his faults of being weak and adulterous, stirred up controversy and was originally criticized in the beginning, and became a lightning rod for feminists. However, 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 pop hit as a solo artist on the pop charts. In 1969, Wynette won the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Stand by Your Man", and has now been according to critics, considered a "classic" or Country music "standard" to record. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences The Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance was first awarded in 1965 to Dottie West.
Wynette 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. The album would later be awarded Platinum record status (awarded for albums selling in excess of 1,000,000 copies) in June 1989. In 1970, director Bob Rafelson used a number of her songs in the soundtrack of his 1970 film Five Easy Pieces. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 film written by Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson
During the early 1970s, Wynette, along with Loretta Lynn (who was equally popular around the same time) ruled the country charts, and was one of the most successful female vocalists of the genre. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading 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 sensational top hit in Italy in 1971,thanks to Ornella Vanoni,who recorded the song in a very good Italian version, "Domani è un altro giorno" ("Tomorrow is another day"),whose text was written by Giorgio Calabrese, one of the most important Italian authors. Concurrent to her solo success, a number of her duets with Jones reache 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 (1975). 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 and 1970). The Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards or the CMAs and not to be confused with the ACM Awards, are voted on by business members of the Country For nearly two decades, Tammy held the record for most consecutive wins, until 1987 when Reba McEntire won the award for the fourth consecutive time. Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American Country music singer performer and actress
Wynette was married to George Jones from 1969 - 75 (she had divorced her second husband earlier in 1969). George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of 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 . One is an album by American Country music Artists George Jones and Tammy Wynette. It was well received, although it didn't achieve their earlier chart success. Jones and Wynette had one daughter together, Tamala Georgette, born in 1970. 
In 1976, after having her public divorce from Jones the previous year, Wynette recorded, "'Til I Can Make It on My Own". 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 eight 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. Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston Texas) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter Dottie West (born October 11, 1932 &ndash September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer and was one of Country 3 on the country singles charts in 1979. In 1976, Wynette had another No. 1 as a solo artist, "You and Me", which became her final No. 1 as a solo artist. Her last No. 1 came as a duet with George Jones in early 1977 titled, "Near You".
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). She had a total of 21 number one hits on the U. S. country singles charts (17 solo, three with Jones, and one with Houston). Along with Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, and Lynn Anderson, she helped redefine the role and place of female country singers. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Country music Singer / Songwriter, Author, actress Dottie West (born October 11, 1932 &ndash September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer and was one of Country
In 1981, a television movie about Wynette's life was aired on television titled, Stand by Your Man, which was based on her memoir of the same title. Actress Annette O'Toole portrayed Wynette in the film. Annette O'Toole (born Annette Toole; April 1, 1952) is an American Dancer and Actress.
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). The Everly Brothers ( Don Everly, born Isaac Donald Everly February 1 1937 Brownie Muhlenberg County, Kentucky " Crying in the Rain " is a song written by Howard Greenfield and Carole King and was originally recorded by the Everly Brothers, which reached A 1985 cover of the '70s Dan Hill hit "Sometimes When We Touch", performed with Mark Grey, reached number 6 in 1985. Sometimes When We Touch is a 1977 ballad written by Dan Hill on the album Longer Fuse, but was also released as a single in
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. The Ray Conniff Singers (also known as Ray Conniff and the Singers were a vocal group established 1959 by composer-arranger-bandleader Ray Conniff. Meanwhile, her medical problems continued, including inflammations of her bile duct. In 1986, she acted on the CBS TV soap opera Capitol. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar) CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. A soap opera is an ongoing episodic work of Fiction, usually broadcast on Television or Radio. In 1988, she filed for bankruptcy as a result of a bad investment in two Florida shopping centers. Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the
Wynette's 1987 album Higher Ground featured a neotraditional country sound, and was both a critical and relative commercial success. The album featured contributions from Vince Gill, Ricky Van Shelton, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, and The O'Kanes. Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American Neotraditional country Singer-songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist Ricky Van Shelton (born January 12 1952 in Danville Virginia) is an American Country music artist Rodney Crowell (born August 7 1950 is a Grammy Award -winning musician known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in Country music. For the punk rock musician see Ricky Scaggs. Richard Lee Skaggs (born July 18 1954, in Lawrence County Kentucky) is a Emmylou Harris (born April 2 1947) is an American country, folk, alternative rock, and Alternative country The O'Kanes were an American Country music duo composed of Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane. Two of the singles released from the album, "Your Love" and "Talkin' to Myself Again", reached the top-twenty on the U. S. country singles charts; a third single, "Beneath a Painted Sky" (featuring duet vocals from Emmylou Harris) reached number 25 in early 1988 (it would ultimately be Tammy Wynette's final top-40 country single).
Although she was still a name remembered in popular culture (the 1980s game show Press Your Luck had a country-singing Whammy known as "Tammy Whamette"). Press Your Luck was an American television daytime Game show that ran weekdays on CBS from September 19 1983 to September 26 1986 where contestants
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. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located " Justified and Ancient " is a song by British band The KLF ( Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty) which featured on their 1991 album The 1 hit in eighteen countries the following year, and reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. 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. " Wynette appeared in the video seated on a throne.
In 1992, future First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said during a 60 Minutes interview that she wasn't "some little woman, standing by my man and baking cookies, like Tammy Wynette. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26 1947 is the junior United States Senator from Not to be confused with the BBC news magazine program Sixty Minutes (TV series. " The remark set off a firestorm of controversy and Wynette demanded, and received, an apology from Clinton. (Hillary Clinton's remark aside, Wynette was nonetheless a Clinton supporter, and later performed at a Clinton fundraiser. )
In 1990, Heart Over Mind was released and showed that Wynette's popularity on radio was declining. 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". Randy Travis (born Randy Bruce Traywick, May 4, 1959 in Marshville North Carolina) is an American multiple Grammy Award - and
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 Charts. Honky Tonk Angels is a 1993 Columbia Records album historically teaming country legends Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Country music Singer / Songwriter, Author, actress Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading 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. Wynonna Judd (born May 30, 1964 in Ashland Kentucky) is an American Country music singer Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 is an English pop / rock Singer, Composer Lyle Pearce Lovett (born November 1, 1957) is an American Singer-songwriter and Actor. Aaron Neville (born January 24 1941 in New Orleans Louisiana) is an American soul and R&B singer William "Smokey" Robinson Jr (born February 19 1940 is an American R&B and soul Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951) better known by his Stage name Sting, is a three time Academy Award An album cut titled, "Girl Thang", a duet with Wynonna Judd, reached No. Wynonna Judd (born May 30, 1964 in Ashland Kentucky) is an American Country music singer 64 in 1994, but no singles were released from this album.
Wynette also designed and sold her own line of jewelry in the 1990s. 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. The single was the duo's first music video together. They last performed together in 1997 at Concerts in the Country Lanierland, Georgia
Wynette lent her vocals on the UK #1 hit Perfect Day in 1997, which was written by Lou Reed. " Perfect Day " is a song written by Lou Reed in 1972 Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Lewis Allan Reed (born March 2 1942 is an American rock Singer-songwriter and Guitarist.
Wynette was also the voice for the character Tillie Mae Hill (Hank Hill's mother) on the animated series King Of The Hill. Hank Rutherford Hill is a Fictional character in the animated series King of the Hill. King of the Hill is an American animated series created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels for the Fox Broadcasting Company
After years of medical problems, numerous hospitalizations, approximately twenty-six major surgeries and an addiction to large doses of pain medication, Tammy Wynette died, in her sleep, on April 6, 1998 of a pulmonary blood clot. She was 55. Despite her persistent illnesses, she continued to perform until shortly before her death and had other performances scheduled in the offing. Wynette's funeral was held on April 9, 1998 and, at the same time, a public memorial service was under way at Nashville's original Grand Ole Opry building (Ryman Auditorium). Her death solicited commentary such as songwriter Bill Mack's commentary, quoted in the Dallas Morning News , that she was a "class act," and "irreplaceable," and that, "She never knew a flat note. Bill Mack, born Bill Mack Smith II in Shamrock Texas, and known by the Nickname "The Satellite Cowboy" (formerly Midnight " Lee Ann Womack was quoted also; she said of Wynette, whose songs often evoked strength and controlled passion, "You knew she knew what she was singing about. Lee Ann Womack (born August 19, 1966) is a Grammy Award -winning American country-pop artist You can put her records on and listen and learn so much. " Wynette was survived by her husband George Richey, four daughters and eight grandchildren. 
The coroner later declared that she died of a cardiac arrhythmia, one year after her death upon examining her in a post-mortal autopsy. A coroner is an official responsible for investigating deaths particularly some of those happening under unusual circumstances and determining the cause of death Dysrhythmia redirects here For the American band see Dysrhythmia (band. She is interred in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Nashville. Burial, also called interment and inhumation, is the act of placing a person or object into the ground Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 660 Thompson Lane in Nashville, Tennessee.
Since her death and even before then Tammy Wynette has been considered by numerous music critics from All Music Guide and Rolling Stone to have been one of the greatest and most influential female Country singers in history. Rolling Stone is a United States -based Magazine devoted to Music, Politics, and Popular culture that is published Many other female Country singers have been affected by Wynette's influence including, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, and Lee Ann Womack. Sara Lynn Evans (born February 5, 1971) is an American country Singer-songwriter who has had numerous top 10 hits Audrey Faith McGraw, known professionally as Faith Hill (born September 21 1967 is an American country singer known both for her commercial success Lee Ann Womack (born August 19, 1966) is a Grammy Award -winning American country-pop artist In 1998, following Wynette's death she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors of Wynette's career. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 222 Fifth Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. 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.
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, and Loretta Lynn have covered the song, as well as Rock bands, including Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Dottie West (born October 11, 1932 &ndash September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer and was one of Country Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is a Punk rock supergroup and Cover band that formed in 1995 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. Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas, USA) is an American country-pop Timeless is the title of a 2005 album by American Country music singer Martina McBride. "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 " Songs of the Century " list is part of an education project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA the National Endowment for the Arts
In 2002, she was ranked No. 2 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music. Country Music Television, or CMT as it is usually called is an American Country music -oriented Cable television network The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music is a three hour television special held in 2002 by CMT. At No. 1 placed, Patsy Cline (one of Wynette's biggest inspirations) and at No. Patsy Cline (b Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American Country 3 placed fellow Country star, Loretta Lynn. Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading Wynette's former husband, George Jones placed at No. George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of 3 of CMT's special of the 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003. The 40 Greatest Men of Country Music is a three hour television special that first aired on March 28 2003 on CMT.
In 2003, a survey of country music writers, producers and stars listed "Stand By Your Man" as the top country song of all time. Country Music Television broadcast a special for the top 100 songs, with the No. Country Music Television, or CMT as it is usually called is an American Country music -oriented Cable television network 1 song performed by Martina McBride. Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas, USA) is an American country-pop
Judson Baptist Church, who neighbors Wynette's house, purchased the house, which belonged to Hank Williams before he died, and the land for a little over a million dollars. The Wynette house is used as a Youth Center as well as a guest house.
Stand By Your Man is sung in The Blues Brothers 1980 motion picture, by both Jake and Elwood Blues, at Bob's Country Bunker. The Blues Brothers are a Grammy Award -nominated American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd
In April 2008, the CD "Stand By Your Man - The Best of Tammy Wynette", released by Sony BMG to mark the 10th anniversary of her death entered the UK Official Top 75 Album chart at number 23.
Aside from her music, Wynette's private life was as tumultuous as many of her songs. Over the course of her life, she had five husbands: Euple Byrd (married 1959–divorced 1966); Don Chapel (married 1967–annulled 1968); George Jones (married 1969–divorced 1975); Michael Tomlin (married 1976–annulled 1976); and George Richey (married 1978–her death 1998). Wynette's marriage to George Richey in 1978 was her final marriage and was her longest marriage, stating once that she finally found her "true love" when she met him.
She was also linked romantically with actor Burt Reynolds briefly in 1977, but it was her fifth marriage to singer/songwriter George Richey in 1978 that finally brought happiness and stability to Wynette's private life. Burton Leon Reynolds Jr (born February 11 1936 is an American Actor.  Richey, whom Wynette was married to until her death in 1998, was her manager throughout much of the 1980s.
Her fourth marriage, to Michael Tomlin, lasted only six weeks. She finally found lasting love and married noted songwriter/producer George Richey, who became her manager. Wynette, who suffered many tragedies throughout her life, maintained that she had no complaints and that she felt greatly blessed. Her house was burned and severely damaged in 1975, and she was also victimized for some time by a stalker. In Nashville, in 1978, she was mysteriously kidnapped from a shopping center and badly beaten, a story that was never substantiated with hard evidence, leaving questions in the minds of some as to whether it happened. As a result of numerous health ailments and surgeries, she developed a dependency on painkillers in the late 1970s. She became critically ill with a liver infection at the end of 1994. Pamela Lansden of People quoted Wynette's personal spin on life's tribulations as follows: "The sad part about happy endings is there's nothing to write about. " 
She and Byrd had three children, Gwendolyn Lee ("Gwen") Byrd (born 1961), Jacquelyn Faye ("Jackie") Byrd (born 1962) and Tina Denise Byrd (born 1965), and she and Jones had one child, Tamala Georgette Jones (born 1970). Daughter Tina was featured on one of Jones and Wynette's duet albums, which was titled, George and Tammy and Tina.
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. The Betty Ford Center is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for adults in Rancho Mirage California, United States, co-founded by former U
Wynette also had a number of serious physical ailments beginning in the 1970s, including operations on her gall bladder, kidney and on the nodules on her throat. In 1994, she suffered an abdominal infection that almost killed her. She was in a coma for six days. She developed a chronic inflammation of the bile ducts and was intermittently hospitalized, from 1970 until her death in 1998.  Overall, she had twenty six major surgeries during her lifetime. Although some of these problems were often very serious, Wynette was still able to pursue her singing career and regularly tour to promote her work.