Artist: Tammy Wynette Album: D-I-V-O-R-V-E
As any music aficionado, I live by the adage, “So much music, so little time.” That is exactly where I am coming to you with this post.
I am a big fan of classic country music. I love the likes of George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. These artists have made some of my favorite albums, but I have neglected one founding country queen, Tammy Wynette.
The loss has been completely mine. When I listen to Tammy, I hear the sweetness of Parton, the brashness of Lynn, and the stylings of Cline, yet I think that is an understatement to her career for these leading ladies are not her predecessors, they are her contemporaries.
Saturday evening I decided to finally spin her album from 1968, D-I-V-O-R-C-E. I picked this album up years ago, but I can’t recall where. The title immediately caught my attention, but I wasn’t 100% into classic country at the time. We all make mistakes in our early age.
Starting off D-I-V-O-R-C-E is the Glen Campbell classic “Gentle on My Mind.” Hearing a woman’s heartache over these lyrics opens up a new aspect to this true country tune. Then comes “Honey (I Miss You).” This song completely broke my heart. As I was listening I thought they just couldn’t be together for unforseen circumstances, not for the reason this song revealed.
Later on side A, we come to a cover of the Patsy Cline favorite, “Sweet Dreams.” Wynette brings her own timing and reason to this song. I had the feeling that she may have sweet dreams of you now, but you better act quick, this country girl don’t wait. Closing out side A, we have a cover of the Beatles “Yesterday.” A classic country twist of a Beatles classic done by one of its leading ladies? Yes please.
Side B continues with Wynette’s number one hit “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” This song immediately breaks my heart. I know the content too well. Wynette sings this song with a whole heart for she had lived and would continue to live its lyrics. Later on side B, we come to “Kiss Away,” a Billy Sherrill penned tune originally recorded by Ronnie Dove. The album then closes with a cover of Kitty Wells’ “Lonely Street.” This song is a perfect coupling with the title track.
After listening to this early, yet classic Wynette album, I can’t help but think, “Where have I been?” I know exactly where I have been. I’ve been flipping through Dolly and Loretta vinyl. Now I am going to have to add Wynette to my ever-growing list. I sure hope New York, my new resting place, has as many classic country bins as Oklahoma.