It has been twelve years since Tammy Wynette died on April 6, 1998 of a blood clot in her lungs. She was 55 at the time of her death.
She was married to country singer George Jones for three years from 1969-1972 and their child Tamala Georgette Jones was born in 1970 and will be 40 this year. I remember seeing Tammy on stage holding the baby and saying that George wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to perform at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana in the 70’s.
Tammy singing Till I Can Make It On My Own which was released after her marriage with George Jones and is one of my favorite Tammy Wynette songs even though she is better known for D-I-V-O-R-C-E and Stand By Your Man.
Medical problems plagued her the last 28 years of her life and she endured 26 surgeries during her lifetime yet she still performed when able.
The following clips are from her memorial service held on April 9, 1998 at Ryman Auditorium:
J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet sing Angel Band at the memorial service.
Dolly Parton shares memories of Tammy and sings Shine On.
Lorrie Morgan singing the Tammy Wynette classic Stand By Your Man at the memorial service.
CMT ranked Tammy in 2002 as No.2 among female country music stars behind Patsy Cline and ahead of Loretta Lynn.
We may never see another singer whose real life experiences poured out from her heart while singing with more emotion than Tammy.