About Tammy Wynette
Hailed as the First Lady of Country Music, Tammy Wynette was a singer-songwriter whose success in the ’60s and ’70s helped forge a path for generations of other women in the genre.
∙ Wynette’s 1967 duet with country singer David Houston, “My Elusive Dreams”—written by her longtime songwriting collaborator, Billy Sherrill—was the first of her 20 No. 1 hits.
∙ In 1967, she had her first solo chart-topper, “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” which was also her first Grammy winner (she was nominated for Recording Academy honors 16 times).
∙ Her 1968 hit “Stand By Your Man,” though controversial at the time, has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
∙ Following the success of such songs as “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” in 1968 she received the first of three Female Vocalist of the Year honors from the Country Music Association Awards.
∙ Wynette and husband George Jones were one of country’s most iconic duos, dominating the radio even after their divorce with such Grammy-nominated tracks as 1976’s “Golden Ring.”
∙ British electronic outfit The KLF tapped her to sing on their 1991 smash, “Justified & Ancient (Stand by the Jams),” which topped the charts in 18 countries.
∙ Country superstars Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn partnered with Wynette on 1993’s Gold-certified Honky Tonk Angels.
∙ An inspiration to such artists as Emmylou Harris and Reba McEntire, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was named one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.
HOMETOWNItawamba County, MS
BORNMay 5, 1942