Tremont in Itawamba County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Born Virginia Wyette Pugh and raised on her grandparents' farm near Tremont, Tammy Wynette (1942-1998) might have remained an unknown local hairdresser, but with fierce determination and a voice and resilient life story that touched millions, she built on an after-hours singing job to become one of the most acclaimed performers in country history. With twenty era-defining No. 1 records, she became celebrated internationally as "The First Lady of Country Music."
Tammy Wynette was born on May 5, 1942, at her maternal grandfatherís Itawamba County farmhouse. Her father died before she was a year old, leaving musical instruments that Wynette later learned to play. Raised on her grandparentsí farm, she became, by the age of twelve, a fan of the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and played guitar, piano, organ, and flute. She also sang in the church choir and performed in a local gospel and country trio. Though she was an all-star basketball player in high school, Wynette's grandfather saw to it that she also worked from time to time picking cotton on the farm. In 1959, before graduating, Wynette married Euple Byrd, and the young couple had three children. Financially strapped, they moved frequently; Wynette attended beautician school and was an after-hours waitress and singer in Memphis. By 1965
In Birmingham, Alabama, Wynette worked as a beautician and sang on the local “Country Boy Eddie” television show and at other venues . In 1966, she took her three children and headed to Nashville, where she was soon performing–sometimes with her second husband, Don Chapel–but with little professional recognition . After she was turned down by a succession of recording companies, producer Billy Sherrill at Epic Records saw her potential and recorded her singing Johnny Paycheckís “Apartment No. 9.”
The record, bearing her new stage name, Tammy Wynette, did well, and the follow-up, “Your Good Girlís Gonna Go Bad,” was a top ten hit. “My Elusive Dreams,” a duet with David Houston, was her first number one hit in 1967 and proved the beginning of a run of hits including country classics “Stand By Your Man,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” and “I Donít Want to Play House.” During the decade that followed, Wynette and her colleague Loretta Lynn ruled the country charts and set a new standard for stardom for women in the field.
Wynette married honky tonk legend George Jones in 1969, and they had one daughter, Tamala Georgette. Wynetteís life dramas became the stuff of headlines; though the famous couple recorded a series of popular duet albums, they
Erected 2011 by Mississippi Country Music Trail. (Marker Number 14.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Country Music Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 14.402′ N, 88° 15.462′ W. Marker is in Tremont, Mississippi, in Itawamba County. Marker is on School Loop Drive 0.3 miles south of Mississippi Route 23, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located behind a school picnic pavilion on the right just prior to the actual school. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 School Loop Drive, Tremont MS 38876, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakland Normal Institute (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Cedars (approx. 8.7 miles away); Jimmie Lunceford (approx. 8.9 miles away); Fulton (approx. 8.9 miles away); History of Vina Red Bay Depot & Hotel (approx. 15.3 miles away in Alabama); The Calaboose (approx. 15.3 miles away in Alabama); Bay Theater (approx. 15.4 miles away in Alabama).
Also see . . .
1. Biography from Tammy Wynette Official Website. (Submitted on August 7, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article about Tammy Wynette. (Submitted on August 7, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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