Tammy (Pugh) Richie

Virginia Wynette (Pugh) Richie (1942 - 1998)

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Virginia Wynette (Tammy) Richie formerly Pugh aka Jones, Byrd, Chapel
Born in , Itawamba, Mississippi, USAmap
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Wife of — married in Itawamba County, Mississippi, United Statesmap
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Died in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USAmap
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Profile last modified | Created 2 Jul 2012 | Last significant change: 29 Nov 2018
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Categories: Famous Singers of the 20th Century | Recording Artists | Nominated Profiles | Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Tennessee | American Notables.

Tammy (Pugh) Richie is Notable.


Virginia Wynette Pugh, better known as Tammy Wynette, achieved great fame as a country singer despite a life filled with struggle and heartache. She was raised mostly by her sharecropper grandparents in Itawamba County, Mississippi while her mother, Mildred (Russell) Pugh worked in Birmingham, Alabama. Tammy spent many hours picking crops along with other relatives, but desired so much more out of life.

Tammy's father, William Hollice Pugh, died when she was a baby. His Alabama roots included an extended family that loved singing, playing musical instruments, and performing. He was an entertainer on the local scene himself.

Quoting from Tammy's website, her father left her "a piano, a guitar and the dream that his daughter would make music her life..."

At seventeen, Tammy married Euple Byrd who was often unemployed. As a result, Tammy went to beauty school in Tupelo and got her beautician's license. Even after achieving great success in the music industry, Tammy kept her license current--just in case.

Tammy and Euple had three daughters.

At one point, Tammy and Euple were so poor they lived in a cabin without plumbing. Their relationship was stormy as well as their divorce and the child custody battle that followed.

After the marriage failed, Tammy gathered her courage and her daughters, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee--with no prospects of a job. Several recording companies turned her down, but finally she stepped into the office of Billy Sherill who signed her to Epic Records. Her blond ponytail made him think of Tammy from the movie series so he said she should be called Tammy, but the surname "Pugh" had to go. Tammy asked him if she could at least keep her middle name, so the Tammy Wynette stage name was born.

Her first single was "Apartment #9." After its release, her next 11 albums went to number one. Within four years, Tammy had won two Grammys and three CMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" awards.

Eventually she met song writer, Don Chapel. They were married in 1967, but the marriage was very unhappy and ended in 1968.

In 1969 Tammy married George Jones, whom she'd always idolized. Their tempestuous marriage became headlines. One child was born to this union--Tamala Georgette Jones. The marriage ended in 1974.

She was briefly married to real estate broker, Michael Tomlin, and finally to songwriter and producer, George Richey, in 1978. That marriage lasted until her death in 1998.

Tammy was called the "First Lady of Country Music."

Two of her best known songs were "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Stand By Your Man."

She sold more than 30 million records. Tammy was the first female Country artist to sell a million albums.

She performed with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn in the successful album, "Honky Tonk Angels."

Her autobiography is entitled, STAND BY YOUR MAN

After her death, Tammy was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

So despite many hardships and heartaches, Virginia "Tammy Wynette" Pugh, with talent and determination, carved her mark in the entertainment industry, making music her life, just as she (and her father) had desired.



  1. Entered by Debby Black, Jul 2, 2012

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Tammy Wynette Richey
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Tammy Wynette in McAlester, Oklahoma
Tammy Wynette in McAlester, Oklahoma

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On 25 May 2014 at 08:17 GMT Terry Wright wrote:

Hi Debby this great profile has been nominated in our themed Profile of the week Actors, performers and musicians could you change the privacy to open you can change it back after the winner has been announced Terry

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