Stand By Your Man (1968)

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Tammy Wynette (born Virginia Wynette Pugh May 5, 1942, near Tremont, Mississippi, died April 6, 1998 of cardiac arrhythmia in Nashville, Tennessee.) She has been called the First Lady of Country Music.

"Stand by Your Man" was Tammy Wynette's most successful record. Then one of many somewhat successful female country recording artists, it elevated her to superstar status.

In 2003, "Stand by Your Man" was rated #1 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music. In 2004, it was rated #16 on CMT's 100 Greatest Country Love Songs.

Wynette was married twice, both ended in divorce. Her second marriage was a tumultuous one to George Jones.

Chart position:
#19 (US), #1 (US Country), #1 (UK, in 1975.)

Wynette had three number one country hits in 1968: "Take Me to Your World," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," and "Stand by Your Man".

It was preceded at #1 on the US Country chart by "I Walk Alone" (Marty Robbins) and succeeded by "Born To Be With You" (Sonny James).

Written by:
Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill.

Wynette said she "wrote the song in 15 minutes and spent a lifetime defending it." Derided by the Feminist movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wynette defended the song as a suggestion that women attempt to overlook their husbands' shortcomings and faults if they truly love them.

Billy Sherrill was a producer, songwriter and record executive who signed Wynette to Epic Records after other labels rejected her. He was involved in nearly every aspect of Wynette’s career, even with her stage name (Sherrill said she reminded him of Debbie Reynolds in the movie Tammy And The Bachelor, and suggested Tammy as a name.)

Also by:
Bettye Swann, Lynn Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Candi Staton, Tina Turner, Lyle Lovett, Dixie Chicks, James Last and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

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