Tammy Wynette performed her one best song entitled “Stand by Your Man.”
Virgin Wynette Pugh professionally known as Tammy Wynette was one of the most influential and best-known artists in the ’60s. Back then, she was often called the “First Lady of Country Music.” She became popular with her single “Stand by Your Man.” This track became a platform for her to be one of the biggest selling female singers of all time. Her songs mostly dealt with classic themes of loneliness, divorce, and difficulties in life and relationships.
During her musical career, she has bagged 20 number 1 songs that entered into the Billboard Country chart. Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton were credited with having defined the role of women in country music during the ’70s. With this, let us talk about her song “Stand by Your Man.”
“Stand by Your Man”
It is a classic song penned by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherill. Billy was a popular record producer who helped Tammy signed her contract with Epic Records after other labels rejected her. He was known for elegant and meticulous production style which makes him unique from all other producers.
Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” was released on August 28, 1968, as a single from her album, Stand by Your Man. This track gave a huge success in her musical career. Thus, upon the release of the song, it immediately entered into multiple country charts and peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Also, the song peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Stand by Your Man” talks about sticking by your man no matter how hard it takes. Wynette said that the song was just written in 15 minutes. She also said that this song is just a pretty love song.
“I can sympathize very easily because I have seen it happen in Mississippi where I was raised, and Alabama, growing up as a child, where a woman couldn’t make a third of what a man could make doing an identical job. I can sympathize with that, and I feel it’s very wrong.”
“A woman should be equal to a man for anything she’s capable of doing, but I still feel there’s a lot of things she isn’t capable of doing. Physically. Personally, I’m not particularly fond of the thought of digging ditches or climbing telephone poles. I’d rather stick with something a little more feminine. I wouldn’t want to lose the little courtesies that we’ve always been extended, like lighting cigarettes and opening doors, and pulling out chairs and things like that. I enjoy that. I guess I just enjoy being a woman.”
Listen to Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” here: