October 29

George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s Recording of “The Ceremony”

Who could ever forget the romantic duet of George Jones and Tammy Wynette with their song “The Ceremony?” Their song is a celebration of love and joining together of two people.

Jones and Wynette were not newlyweds when they recorded the song “The Ceremony.” The two were married in 1969. Meanwhile, the song was released in 1972. However, they sound happily in love when they performed the song.

The Song “The Ceremony”

Billy Sherrill, Carmol Taylor, and Jenny Strickland wrote the song together. They gave it to George Jones and Tammy Wynette to record it for their second album. “The Ceremony” reached number six on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In addition, it also entered the Canadian chart.

The song began by a priest saying the common question during a marriage ceremony.

“Dearly beloved
We are gathered together in the presence of god and these witnesses
To join this man and this woman in the bonds of holy matrimony

Do you, Tammy, take this man, George, to be your lawfully wedded husband?
To love and to cherish until death do you part?”
It was followed by Tammy answering the priest by singing her answer. The same thing happened with George’s part of the song.

The Second Album

“The Ceremony” was part of their second studio album Me and the First Lady. The album released under Epic Records contained eleven duets of George and Tammy. One song in their album was co-written by Tammy Wynette. She worked with Earl Montgomery to write the song “Lovely Place to Cry.” They have made the album reach number six on the US Billboard Top Country Songs chart. “The Ceremony” was their only song to enter the Billboard chart from their album.

The Song’s Content

The title of the song speaks for itself. It is a celebration of something, and that something is love. The song tells the story of two people in love and taking the next step to bind their love together. “The Ceremony” is written to show how two people promise to love each other no matter what.


George Jones, Tammy Wynette, The Ceremony

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