Tammy Country singer: She stood by a whole generation of devoted listeners.

April 08, 1998

SHE MADE emotions and a woman's outlook dominant in country music. Her ability to sing while on the verge of tears brought to that genre what had previously been found in African-American blues and a few opera singers.

One of the enduring stars of country music, Tammy Wynette was made famous outside its circles by an inept reference from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Ms. Wynette rose from poverty and knew pain in private life as a Billie Holiday or Bessie Smith or Maria Callas did.

Her death from an apparent blood clot at 55 deprives millions of Americans of a voice that conveyed the human condition with clarity and had more songs to sing.

Pub Date: 4/08/98

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