The First Lady of Country Music
Tammy Wynette (1942-1998), one of country music’s best known artists, also known as the First Lady of Country Music, defined the role of female country vocalists in the 1960’s and ‘70’s as she dominated the country charts with 21 #1 hits, including her most successful, career defining song “Stand By Your Man” (1968). The iconic song has since been covered by dozens of performers across multiple music genres and holds the position of number one on CMT’s list of Top 100 Country Music songs, as well as having been selected in 2010 by The Library of Congress and it’s National Recording Registry as a song/recording that is “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”.
Other of Wynette’s many notable hit songs are “’Til I Can Make It On My Own” and “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” Wynette’s recorded output includes a number of albums together with her former husband and fellow country music icon George Jones. In 1998, just after Wynette’s untimely death, she was inducted into to the Country Music Hall of Fame.