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CR030/PH16 - Another Lonely Song: The Tammy Wynette & George Richey Story
Oh, you thought Jones had a hard time dealing with George Richey? Imagine being married to the guy. Today we say one of the saddest and most infuriating goodbyes we'll ever have to say, the one we say to Tammy Wynette.
CR029/PH15 - Hell Stays Open All Night Long: George Jones, Phase III
Oh, you're back to hear more things that will chill you to the bone? Then we can talk about what George Jones' life was like in the period leading up to and through the biggest hit of his career. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be afraid of a demonic duck or try murdering your best friend to test the existence of God, well, these are questions only George Jones can answer but just asking them makes for one jaw-dropping and heartbreaking story.
CR028/PH14 - Divorce/Death: He Stopped Loving Her Today, The Grand Tour & A Good Year for the Roses
It's a known fact that "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is the best and saddest country song of all time. But... is it?
CR027/PH13 - Billy Sherrill's Nashville Sound
What if the first serious opinions that millions of rock music fans formed about country music were based on a few massive errors which then got passed down to future generations? How long do you think it would take for society to build a fundamentally flawed history of an entire genre on top of such a foundation? Fifty years? Well, that's exactly what happened.
Billy Sherrill's name means nothing to many country music fans. Some recognize it from the album credits of a few of their favorite country artists. Others manage to cast him as an enemy of the genre. But anyone who hears the name Billy Sherrill and thinks anything less than "he's one of the most important producers in the history of Nashville, who made some of the greatest and most influential records of all time in any genre" has not been given enough information about the man or the music. That changes today.
CR026/PH12 - Loved It Away: Tammy Wynette, On Her Own
Following her breakup with George Jones, many people had many questions for Tammy Wynette. Well, they had questions for George, too, but he was a little harder to get in touch with, trying to drink himself onto a separate plane of reality from his conscious mind and all. So the questions went to Tammy. And she had answers. Then more answers. And more... And more.
It's never been easy for ladies in country music. Here's how it became for The First Lady.
CR025/PH11 - Being Together: The George Jones & Tammy Wynette Story
Though they were married to each other for little more than five years, the legacies of George Jones and Tammy Wynette are forever inseparable. This is partly due to their unprecedented success with creating music "based on the true story" of a romance between two artists, to such a degree that decades later there are still millions of fans who believe George and Tammy never stopped being in love with each other. If it's difficult to say where the line is between art and artist, public and private, fiction and fact, then it's only because there was a coordinated effort from perhaps a dozen people working to bury that line beneath a mountain of hit records and royalty checks.
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The amount of research, detail and cold hard truth that goes in to this podcast is amazing. It would be a respectable piece of work for any university history department but it’s just one man who is dedicated to telling the truth, even if it’s ugly.
As a history podcast, it can’t be beat. As a music podcast, it’s apt to make few people mad but, if they listen with an open mind and their heads out of the clouds, they’ll end up learning something. One thing I learned that has helped me enjoy all kinds of music and art is that it’s okay to separate the artists from their art… you can like the song or book or movie of people who weren’t always likable.