TAMMY Wynette’s love life was almost as famous as her singing career.
One of the country star’s biggest hits has to be DIVORCE – but fans often wonder which of her many husbands it was about.
Who is Tammy Wynette’s song DIVORCE about?
Recorded in 1968, DIVORCE is a woman’s perspective on the impending collapse of her marriage and how to protect her child from the situation.
The song’s title is an old parenting trick of spelling out words mom and dad hope their little kids won’t understand since they can’t spell.
In this case, Tammy tells the story of an impending divorce, spelling out words like “divorce”, “Joe” (the name of the woman’s four-year-old son), “hell” and “custody”.
She does this to protect the boy from the harsh reality of his parents’ final breakup.
Country music historian Bill Malone wrote that Tammy’s own tumultuous time, in which she was married so often, “encompassed the fractured reality faced by so many women.”
That’s why he claims the singer identified so well with DIVORCE; Her rendition, he wrote, is “painfully candid—there is no irony here—and when the dialogue has a soap opera quality, the content is reflective of her own life as well as her contemporary experience.”
How many times has Tammy Wynette been divorced?
In her private life, Tammy has been married five times, four of her marriages ending in divorce.
She first married when she was just 18 to husband No. 1 Euple Byrd.
Thereafter Tammy married Don Chapel (1965 to 1967), George Jones (1969 to 1975) and Michael Tomlin (1977).
She married her last husband, George Richey, in 1978, with whom she remained until her death in 1999.
What were Tammy Wynette’s first and last songs?
Twenty of Tammy’s singles topped the Billboard Country chart during her career.
Her signature song Stand by Your Man received both critical acclaim and criticism for its depiction of women’s loyalty to their husbands.
Tammy’s first single was released in 1966 and was called Apartment No. 9, but their first #1 hit single was DIVORCE.
Her last chart appearance was a reissue of Stand by Your Man, which peaked at number 56 in 1998.
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