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May 5, 1942
Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally as Tammy Wynette, was an American country music
singer-songwriter and one of country music's best-known artists and
biggest-selling female vocalists.
She was known as the "First Lady of Country Music" and one
of her best-known songs, "Stand by Your Man," was one of the
biggest selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country
Many of Tammy Wynette's hits dealt with classic themes of loneliness,
divorce and the difficulties of male-female relationships. Her songs
reflected her often-troubled romantic life (she married five times). But
her willingness to share her joys and sorrows in song and her
passionate, tear-in-every-note delivery endeared her to millions.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she dominated the country
charts, scoring 17 number one hits. Along with Loretta Lynn, Dolly
Parton and Barbara Mandrell she defined the role of female country
vocalists in the 1970s.
After years of medical problems, numerous hospitalizations,
approximately twenty-six major surgeries and an addiction to large doses
of pain medication, Tammy Wynette died, in her sleep, on April 6, 1998
of a pulmonary blood clot. She was 55.
Where are they buried?
- Saint William Catholic Cemetery, Port Vincent, Livingston Parish,
- Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee
- Old Settlers Burial Grounds, Concord, Louisiana
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