The Story Behind The Song: ”Stand By Your Man”

Tammy Wynette
Tammy Wynette

Hardly a story is written about Tammy Wynette in which her association with “Stand By Your Man” isn’t mentioned. Following a three-week run at #1 on Billboard’s country singles chart beginning on November 23, 1968, the song became her second Grammy winner on March 11, 1969.

It was so closely linked with Tammy that it was used as the title of her 1979 biography as well as the title of the 1981 TV-movie based on that book. In the film, Wynette was portrayed by Annette O’Toole. The idea for “Stand By Your Man” belonged to Tammy’s producer Billy Sherrill, the man who had discovered her and signed her to Epic Records two years earlier.

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