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“Stand by Your Man,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Take Me to Your World” are but a few highlights of Tammy Wynette’s staggering musical legacy, all sung with a voice that became the touchstone for women’s vulnerability, disillusionment, strength, and endurance.
In Tammy Wynette, best-selling biographer Jimmy McDonough tells the story of the small-town girl who grew up to be the woman behind the microphone, whose meteoric rise led to a decades-long career full of tragedy and triumph. Through a high-profile marriage and divorce, her dreadful battle with addiction and illness, and the struggle to compete in a rapidly evolving Nashville, Tammy Wynette turned a brave smile toward the world and churned out masterful hit songs though her life resembled the most heartbreaking among them.
Tammy Wynette is an intimate portrait of a music icon, the Queen of Heartbreak, whose powerful voice simultaneously evoked universal pain and longing even as it belied her own.
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By Eileen on 03-19-10
The author never met Tammy, but was, and is still a big fan. Still, he manages to portray Tammy warts and all. He's never mean spirited and tries to be fair to her and to those in her life, even her last husband George Ritchie, who is not a very sympathetic figure. He's done a ton of research, and loads of interviews, but the book is never dry. Tammy left us way too soon, and under some still questionable circumstances, but what a life! After listening to the book I had to go over to itunes to listen to some snippets of her songs again. The author is right, what a great voice. Tammy, Loretta, Dolly, George Jones. They were truly country before country was cool. Tammy lamented how country music was changing,and not for the better, towards the end of her life in the late 1990's. After listening to this wonderful book, you'll agree 100%.
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By carolinagirl5673 on 05-02-18
EYE-OPENING LOOK INTO QUEEN'S LIFE!
I have always loved Tammy Wynette simply because of her voice, but after hearing her story, my heart aches for her! I loved all the stories from her growing up, tumultuous time with George, her career...but I HATED when George Richey became more to her than just someone else in the business. It just seems her life went downhill after that. I would recommend this book to any fan of Tammy's or any fan of country music when people actually had talent. EXCELLENT STORY!