#5-3 Honky Tonk Queens: Tammy Wynette
"I Believe You Have To Live The Songs"
Few people's lives are more tragic than the songs they sing, even after death.. If we start from the very beginning, we'll see how Tammy Wynette was a true honky tonk queen. She earned her crown singing anywhere they'd let her utter a word. Early on, the places were rough, and the people oblivious to the legend-in-the-making pouring out her heart.
If country music is anything at all, it is about life.. The good, the bad, and the ugly.. If you can accept the previous as a defining statement, then Tammy's life was more tragic than most country songs.
For starters, Tammy never knew her father. He died from a brain tumor before she reached a year in age. She was raised by her mama, and maternal grandparents. Tammy would rise at day break to pick cotton. They were not rich, but they were self sufficient, and had more than most in the area. The town was very poor-no electricity or phone service to be had.
William Pugh (Tammy's Father)