Tammy Wynette on her tour bus

CR026/PH12 – Loved It Away: Tammy Wynette, On Her Own

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Following her breakup with George Jones, many people had many questions for Tammy Wynette. Well, they had questions for George, too, but he was a little harder to get in touch with, trying to drink himself onto a separate plane of reality from his conscious mind and all. So the questions went to Tammy. And she had answers. Then more answers. And more… And more.

It’s never been easy for ladies in country music. Here’s how it became for The First Lady.

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Tammy Wynette and George Jones

CR025/PH11 – Being Together: The George Jones & Tammy Wynette Story

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Though they were married to each other for little more than five years, the legacies of George Jones and Tammy Wynette are forever inseparable. This is partly due to their unprecedented success with creating music “based on the true story” of a romance between two artists, to such a degree that decades later there are still millions of fans who believe George and Tammy never stopped being in love with each other. If it’s difficult to say where the line is between art and artist, public and private, fiction and fact, then it’s only because there was a coordinated effort from perhaps a dozen people working to bury that line beneath a mountain of hit records and royalty checks.

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Tammy Wynette and George Jones with Jones Boys

CR024/PH10 – Stand by Your Man: The Anti-Feminist Manifesto

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Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” is one of the most well-known recordings in the English language. It was also a plastic explosive detonated at a sea change moment in United States politics and culture. Look around. We’re still picking up the pieces.

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Virginia Wynette Pugh

CR023/PH09 – Loneliness Surrounds: Virginia Wynette Pugh

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Country music is full of rags-to-riches stories, like the one about how Virginia Wynette Pugh became Tammy Wynette. In a way, it’s true. Even after becoming the most successful woman country singer at that point in history, the life she lived was hard and painful. But if you want to know what actually happened in that life then she’s the last person you should ask.

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Dallas Frazier

CR022/PH08 – Dallas Frazier: Can’t Get There From Here

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Some of the best songs you’ve ever heard were written by Dallas Frazier. Don’t recognize the name? Don’t worry. You’ll remember it forever after this episode, especially those of you who love Charley Pride, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Charlie Rich, George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys, Emmylou Harris, Gene Watson, Tanya Tucker, Bobby Bare, Stoney Edwards, The Beach Boys, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson…

You get the point. Here’s the story.

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