“Stand by Your Man” – Tammy Wynette (1968)

“‘Stand by Your Man’ is a song recorded by American country music artist Tammy Wynette, co-written by Wynette with Billy Sherrill. It was released on September 20, 1968 as the first single and title track from the album Stand by Your Man. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette’s career, and is one of the most familiar songs in the history of country music. The song was placed at number one on CMT’s list of the Top 100 Country Music Songs. Released as a single, it stayed number one on the U.S. country charts for three weeks. ‘Stand by Your Man’ crossed over to the U.S. pop charts, peaking at number nineteen. It elevated Wynette—then one of many somewhat successful female country recording artists—to superstar status. … Vocal accompaniment is provided by The Jordanaires, who provided background vocals on most of Wynette’s hit recordings. The song was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’. ‘Stand by Your Man’ was reportedly written in 1968 at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville in all of 15 minutes. The song came from an idea that originated with Wynette’s producer, Billy Sherrill, who along with Wynette is one of the two writers credited. Tammy was not very fond of the song at first because it was unlike anything she had ever written before, and because there is a high note that was hard for her to sing. She said that, over time, she got to love the song, and came to the point where she ‘couldn’t do a show without it.’ … Derided by the feminist movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wynette in later years defended the song as not a call for women to place themselves second to men, but rather a suggestion that women attempt to overlook their husbands’ shortcomings and faults if they truly love them (and in fact, the last line in the final verse says ‘after all, he’s just a man’). Wynette always defended her signature song. … The song appeared at the beginning of the Academy Award nominated 1970 film Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black. …”
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