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Birth Name:
Virginia Wynette Pugh

May 5, 1942 in Itawamba County, MS


Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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.. 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.

Top Albums

You and Me, Tammy Wynette
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Honky Tonk Angels, Dolly Parton
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Tammy's Greatest Hits, Tammy Wynette
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George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Love Songs, George Jones
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Stand By Your Man, Tammy Wynette
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Playlist: The Very Best of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, George Jones
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Tears of Fire - The 25th Anniversary Collection, Tammy Wynette
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One, George Jones
10. One
Greatest Hits, George Jones
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The Essential Tammy Wynette, Tammy Wynette
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Anniversary: Twenty Years of Hits, Tammy Wynette
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I'll Fly Away, Tammy Wynette
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We Go Together, George Jones
15. We Go Togeth..
Christmas With Tammy Wynette, Tammy Wynette
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Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad, Tammy Wynette
17. Your Good Gi..
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Super Hits, Vol. 2, Tammy Wynette
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Let's Build a World Together, George Jones
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Top Songs

Stand By Your Man16 Biggest Hits: Tammy Wyne..2:40$1.29
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D-I-V-O-R-C-E16 Biggest Hits: Tammy Wyne..2:56$0.99
Golden RingGeorge Jones Collection3:05$1.29
Wings of a DoveHonky Tonk Angels2:54$0.99
Silver Threads and Golden NeedlesHonky Tonk Angels2:23$0.99
Help Me Make It Through the NightLove Songs: Tammy Wynette2:42$0.99
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Golden RingGeorge Jones & Tammy Wy..3:01$0.99
Till I Can Make It On My Own16 Biggest Hits: Tammy Wyne..3:03$0.99
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You Hurt the Love Right out of MeYou and Me2:06$1.29
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Jesus Send a SongYou and Me2:15$1.29
Stand by Your ManBest of Country Music, Clas..2:39$0.99
D-I-V-O-R-C-EBest of Country Music, Clas..2:57$0.99
Greatest Christmas GiftClassic Christmas Album2:21$0.99
(Merry Christmas) We Must Be Having ..Classic Christmas Album2:30$0.99
Silent Night, Holy NightClassic Christmas Album3:20$0.99
Away in a MangerClassic Christmas Album2:23$0.99
It Came Upon a Midnight ClearClassic Christmas Album3:11$0.99
One Happy ChristmasClassic Christmas Album2:07$0.99

Top Music Videos

Beneath a Painted Sky, Tammy Wynette
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