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Virginia Wynette Pugh (Wynette-Tammy)

Born: 1942 AD
Died: 1998 AD, at 55 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Musicians


1942 - Born in Red Bay, Mississippi on the 5th of May.

1960 - Achieved success as a single performer and in duets with a number of male country stars, notably George Jones.

1965 - Her singing career received a moderate boost when she was given a regular spot on WBRC-TV's Country Boy Eddie Show, which would in turn lead to several appearances on Porter Wagoner's syndicated TV series.

         - She began singing on television in Birmingham, Ala. and signed a recording contract after moving to Nashville.

         - She sang on the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, which led to some appearances with Porter Wagoner.

1966 - She married her first husband Euple Byrd, with whom she would have three childen before their divorce.

         - She moved with her three girls from Birmingham to Nashville, Tennessee, where she pounded the pavement to get a recording contract.

1967 - She had hits with "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad," "My Elusive Dreams" and "I Don't Wanna Play House," all of which reached the country top ten.

1968 - She had three number one hits in 1968: "Take Me to Your World," "DIVORCE," and her best known song, "Stand by Your Man".

1969 - She had two additional number one hits: "Singing My Song" and "The Ways to Love a Man." That same year, Wynette earned a Gold record for "Tammy Wynette's Greatest Hits." She was the first female country artist to do so.

1986 - She acted on the CBS TV soap opera Capitol.

1987 - Her album "Higher Ground" broke through with a new contemporary sound, broadening her audience.

1988 - She filed for bankruptcy as a result of a bad investment in two Florida shopping centers.

1990 - She designed and sold her own line of jewelry.

1992 - Future First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said during a 60 Minutes interview that she wasn't "some little woman, standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette."

1993 - Album Honky Tonk Angels gave her a chance to record with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn for the first time; though yielding no hit singles, the album did well on the country charts.

1994 - She suffered an abdominal infection that almost killed her. She was in a coma for six days.

1995 - She and George Jones recorded their first new duet album in thirteen years.

1997 - Lent her vocals on the UK #1 hit Perfect Day, which was written by Lou Reed.

1998 - On the 6th of April, she died at the age of fifty-five while sleeping on the couch in her living room in Nashville, Tennessee. The coroner later declared that she died of a cardiac arrythmia.


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