5.05.2013

TAMMY WYNETTE: FIRST LADY OF COUNTRY MUSIC


Tammy Wynette was called "The First Lady of Country Music."  Her home was called "First Lady Acres." Whenever I worked in Nashville we always took a limo ride past her home. It was lovely.


Often when we went by her gates were open. We drove through a few times...but we didn't want to disturb her! LOL  We did...peek into the windows a bit...

Tammy came shopping at my show one time.  My security guys from Detroit were like school boys following her around the show...(for her protection of course..) We loved her....RIP Miss Tammy


Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally by her stage name as Tammy Wynette, (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of the Country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. She was an icon to country music.



Tammy's best-known song, "Stand by Your Man", was one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre. Many of Wynette's hits dealt with classic themes of loneliness, divorce, and the difficulties of man-woman relationships.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wynette charted 23 No. 1 songs. Along with Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, Wynette defined the role of women in country music during the 1970s.


Rumors still abound about the way Tammy died.  Her daughters were not big fans of her last husband George Richey. Here is a bit of the story...

Tammy and George Jones

Nashville Metro police said they got a call from the National Enquirer asking if Tammy Wynette had died, almost TWO HOURS before a lawyer who had represented the singer called to report her death. A police department spokesperson stated, "Obviously, a lot of people were notified before the Police Department."  Read full story here.

Also there were conflicting reports of Tammy being kidnapped in 1978...

People Magazine: Country singer Tammy Wynette's anguished words were not lyrics in another of her hymns to hillbilly heartbreak but a chillingly vivid account from her own life.

Two weeks ago, Wynette reports, she was kidnapped at gunpoint in Nashville by a stocking-masked man, taken on a harrowing 80-mile ride through the Tennessee back country, then beaten and choked and left hysterical on the roadside.


A local family fortuitously discovered Tammy before her fractured cheekbone, severe bruises and shock produced worse complications. The apparently motiveless brutality—her $40 in cash and 30 credit cards were untouched, and she was not sexually assaulted—was described as "very puzzling" by Nashville detectives, as they stepped up their investigation.

Her daughter Georgette Jones claimed George Richey made up the kidnapping story to explain Tammy's bruises...

Battle over Tammy's Estate Continues

Read more here

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