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Conway Twitty Covers Tammy Wynette’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”

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  • Arden is a Senior Country Music Journalist for Country Thang Daily, specializing in classic hits and contemporary chart-toppers.
  • Prior to joining Country Thang Daily, Arden wrote for Billboard and People magazine, covering country music legends and emerging artists.
  • Arden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, with a minor in Music Studies.

“D-I-V-O-R-C-E” is a classic country song. Tammy Wynette brought the song to fame as she recorded it in 1968. This heartbreaking song was penned by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman.

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Photo Credit: Tammy Wynette/ Official Facebook Page

“D-I-V-O-R-C-E” Chart Performance

When Wynette took the song, she made it reach number one on both the Canadian and US country charts. In addition, it also made an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Song’s Content

This tearjerking single tells the story of a woman who’s going through a divorce. She expresses the pain she felt because she wasn’t 100% sure about leaving her husband. It also pains her that their child has to go through tough times like this at such a young age. But, instead of telling their son the truth, they kept it to themselves, because an innocent mind like his cannot understand what’s happening.

Cover Versions

After Wynette made the song popular, multiple artists also decided to record it. The blues band, Hour Glass, released their rendition of “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” in 1967. On the following year, country singers Liz Anderson and Dottie West have also released their individual versions. However, what really captured our attention was a rendition of “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” by a male singer.

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Photo Credit: Conway Twitty/ Official Facebook Page

Conway Twitty’s Rendition

Conway Twitty who swoons every one with his most famous song “Hello Darlin'” covered “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” in his 1968 album Next in Line. Although the song wasn’t released as a single, Twitty still charms us with his distinctive vocals. In his version, he changed the song into a male’s perspective.

Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today
You and little J-O-E will be going away
I love you both and this will be pure H-E double L for me
Oh, I wish that we could stop this D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

Twitty really knows how to own a song from another artist.

Next in Line Album

His Next in Line is most covered songs from known artists. Merle Haggard‘s “Mama Tried” was part of his album too. This was one of Twitty’s albums when he was beginning in country music. Next in Line hit the chart at number nine, making this his first album on the top ten of the country chart.

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