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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
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Albums by
Tammy Wynette

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    11 songs

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    Greatest Hits (Live)

    14 songs

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    Tammy's Touch

    13 songs

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    Live! Tammy Wynette

    16 songs

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    Simply Tammy Wynette (Live)

    16 songs

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    The Definitive Tammy Wynette Collection

    17 songs

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    Up Close And Personal

    13 songs

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    Stand by Your Man

    10 songs

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    Christmas with Tammy [Sony]

    11 songs

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    D-I-V-O-R-C-E

    12 songs

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    Christmas with Tammy [Sony Special Products]

    10 songs

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    Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad

    10 songs

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    Without Walls

    10 songs

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    Heart Over Mind

    10 songs

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    Next to You

    10 songs

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    Higher Ground

    10 songs

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    'Til I Can Make It On My Own

    10 songs

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    You and Me

    11 songs

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    Another Lonely Song

    11 songs

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    The First Lady

    11 songs

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    The Ways to Love a Man

    40 songs

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    The Essential Tammy Wynette

    67 songs

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    Tears of Fire: The 25th Anniversary Collection

    2 songs

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    Stand By Your Man - Dave Audé Remixes

    14 songs

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    The Essential Tammy Wynette

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Top Songs by
Tammy Wynette

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    Popularity
  2.   Stand by Your Man
  3.   D-I-V-O-R-C-E
  4.   'Til I Can Make It on My Own
  5.   Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad
  6.   Southern California
  7.   Near You
  8.   Kids Say the Darndest Things
  9.   Singing My Song
  10.   Bedtime Story
  11.   Good Lovin' (Makes It Right)
  12.   He Loves Me All the Way
  13.   Run, Woman, Run
  14.   You and Me
  15.   Another Lonely Song
  16.   Apartment No. 9
  17.   My Man (Understands)
  18.   Gentle on My Mind
  19.   Away in a Manger
  20.   White Christmas
  21.   We're Strangers Again
  22.   I Don't Wanna Play House
  23.   That's Just the Way I Am
  24.   Broadminded
  25.   Jackson Ain't a Very Big Town
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Tammy Wynette

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    Country A-Z

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    Classic Country

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    33 Greatest All-American Divas

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    35 Queens of Country

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    Sara Evans: I Am The DJ

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    George Jones Tribute

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    66 Songs That Changed Everything

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    Cast of Nashville: I Am The DJ

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    Whiskey And Heartbreak

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    Reba McEntire: I Am The DJ

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    Vintage Love Songs

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    Shania Twain: DNA

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    Merle Haggard: DNA

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    Grand Theft Radio

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