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Tammy Wynette

Once known as “The First Lady of Country Music”, she was a talented singer-songwriter who, during the 1960s and 70s, simply dominated the country music charts. (In 1968 and ’69, she had five number-one hits, among three of her signature songs, “Stand by Your Man”, “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” and “Take Me to Your World”. In all, she had seventeen number one songs, and her work, along with that of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Lynn Anderson, helped to define the role of the female country singer, influencing many of the younger singers who followed them. Many of her songs seemed, at least to her fans, to be influenced by her tumultuous private life. Married five times – productively in the case of her marriage to singing partner, George Jones – she was often ill, surviving numerous hospitalizations and surgeries. She succumbed, unexpectedly, to a cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 56.

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