Today in Country Music, April 16th, featuring Tammy Wynette
On this day in 2011, Darius Rucker was added to the American Red Cross national celebrity cabinet, joining Christian singer Michael W. Smith, actress Kristin Chenoweth and design expert Nate Berkus
Today in 2001, Keith Urban's self-titled debut album was certified gold
Tim Mcgraw's album A Place In The Sun was released on this day in 1999… Mcgraw starts a summer tour with old buddy Kenny Chesney next month
And on this day in 1976, Tammy Wynette's "Til I Can Make It On My Own" sat at the top of the chart
"'Til I Can Make It on My Own" was Tammy Wynette's fifteenth number one on the country charts. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of eleven weeks on the country charts. Wynette noted on multiple occasons that the song was her personal favourite of all that she had written or recorded, and it would remain a staple of her concerts for the remainder of her career.
Tammy was known as First Lady of Country Music, and her best-known song, "Stand by Your Man", was one of the biggest selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre. Many of Tammy Wynette's hits dealt with classic themes of loneliness, divorce and the difficulties of male-female relationships. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she dominated the country charts, scoring 17 number one hits. Along with Loretta Lynn, Lynn Anderson, and Dolly Parton, she defined the role of female country vocalists in the 1970s.
Her 1969 marriage to country singer George Jones (which would end in divorce in 1975) created a country music "couple", following the prior success of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Jones and Wynette recorded a series of duet albums and singles, which charted throughout the 1970s, concurrent to their respective solo hits.
After years of medical problems, numerous hospitalizations, approximately 26 major operations and an addiction to large doses of pain medication, Wynette died while sleeping on her couch on April 6, 1998, at age 55. Wynette's doctor from Pennsylvania said she died of a blood clot in her lung. Despite her persistent illnesses, she continued to perform until shortly before her death and had other performances scheduled.