Tammy Wynette was born on May 5, 1942, in Itawamba County, Mississippi. By 1965, she was a divorced mother of three working at a beauty salon in Memphis. After appearing on The Porter Wagoner Show, she moved to Nashville, and signed to Epic Records. Her best known song is “Stand By Your Man” (1968). Wynette was in a stormy marriage with country star George Jones from 1969-1975. The pair continued to record together long after the marriage ended. Wynette died in 1998. Country singer and songwriter Tammy Wynette was born in Virginia Wynette Pugh, on May 5, 1942, in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Wynette’s father, guitarist William Hollis Pugh, died when she was eight months old. When her mother, Mildred Faye, moved to Birmingham, Alabama to work for the military, Wynette was sent to live with her sharecropper grandparents. She grew up in a musical household and as a teenager performed on a local Mississippi gospel radio show. While in her late teens, Wynette began a short-lived marriage to Euple Byrd, with whom she had three children before divorcing in 1965.
Now a divorced mother of three, Wynette moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she supported her children by working in a beauty salon. In 1965, she landed a part-time spot on the television program The Country Boy Eddie Show, which led to appearances on The Porter Wagoner Show. The following year, she moved to Nashville, where she auditioned for several labels before producer Billy Sherrill signed her to Epic Records in 1967.
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