Happy birthday Tammy Wynette!

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Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer. She is one of the biggest selling female country singers of all time. Some of her most notable songs include "Stand By Your Man," "We Go Together," and "He Loves Me All the Way." She battled many health problems and an addiction to painkillers. She was married to singer George Jones, producing work with him and many other country greats.

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Wynette was born Virginia Wynette Pugh in Tremont, Mississippi to William Hollice Pugh and Mildred Faye Russell Pugh. Her father died of a brain tumor when she was just eight months old. Her mother left her with her grandparents and she grew up alongside her aunt, who was just five years older than she. She spent her childhood picking cotton on her family's farm and around the house's many musical instruments. She performed on a local gospel radio show.

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She married Euple Byrd the year before she graduated high school and went on to have three children with him, though she divorced him in 1965. She got a cosmetology license and worked in a beauty salon to support herself and her kids. In 1965, she landed a spot on The Country Boy Eddie Show and later on The Porter Wagoner Show. She moved to Nashville in 1966 in hopes of getting signed, but it wasn't until 1967 and after multiple rejections that she earned an audience with producer Billy Sherrill who then signed her to Epic Records.

Wynette released "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" and "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," earning a Grammy. In 1968, she won Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, which she would win again two more times. Later that year, she released "Stand By Your Man," which hit no. 1 on the country charts and it became the best selling single by a female country singer.

Stand By Your Man

Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad

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Wynette married fellow country singer George Jones and they recorded 10 albums together including such tracks as "Take Me," "We Go Together," "We're Gonna Hold On," and "We Loved It Away." Though they divorced in 1975, they continued to work together. Wynette released many highly acclaimed albums throughout the 1970s and 80s including The First Lady (1970), One of a Kind (1977), Sometimes When We Touch (1985). She had 21 no. 1 hits throughout her career. Wynette collaborated with fellow country pioneers Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn for the album Honky Tonk Angels (1993).

Take Me

We Go Together

 

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After a bad investment in Florida shopping centers, she filed for bankruptcy in 1988. After a battle with an addiction to painkillers and many other chronic health problems, she died of a blood clot at the age of 55.

She is remembered as one of the most influential women in country. "Stand By Your Man" was chosen by the U.S. Library of Congress to be preserved as one of 1968's 25 biggest cultural influences.

Silver Threads and Golden Needles- Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn & Tammy Wynette

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  • Birthday Date: Monday, 05 May 2014
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