A breif biography about the life and times of Tammy Wynette.
Born in Red Bay Mississippi in 1942, shortly after her birth her dad died forcing her mom to work while the grandparents raised Tammy. Wynette, being raised by her grandparents, worked on the farm in the cotton fields to pay for music lessons. At 17 she married and
quickly had 3 children, one of them was stricken with spinal meningitis, and by age 20, Tammy was divorced.
Her dreams of being a professional musician were put on hold, and she got a job as a hair dresser in Birmingham Alabama. Wynette finally broke into the music industry as a back up singer. In 1968 Wynette married Goerge Jones. With three number one hits they had better success as a recording duet than they did as a couple. Jones’s drinking put a strain on the marriage causing them to divorce by 1975.
Between 1967-1979 Wynette had 29 top ten country hits, 17 of which went to number one and had already been married five times. Her chart topping streak continued through the
seventies and early eighties.
Wynette’s private life was hitting the tabloids headlines: A
relationship with Burt Reynolds, a fourth marriage that lasted only 44 days, more than seventeen major operations, a fifth marriage, a mysterious kidnapping attempt, and beating, and she was at the Betty Ford Clinic to wean her off of pain killers.
In 1992 Tammy was back in the spot light and in 1995 she recorded One, an album with Jones. The two had not performed together in over a decade.
On April 6,1998 Tammy died at age 55 in her sleep due to a blood clot in her lungs. Later that year she was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Her awards are as follows:
1967 female artist of the year
1967 best female vocalist (Grammy)
1968 best female vocalist (cma)
1969 best female vocalist (Grammy)
1969 best female vocalist (cma)
1969 top female vocalist
1970 female vocalist of the year ( cma)
1991 living legend award
2000 pioneer award