Stand by Your Man
|"Stand by Your Man"|
|Single by Tammy Wynette|
|from the album Stand by Your Man|
|B-side||"I Stayed Long Enough"|
|Released||September 1968 (U.S.)
|Recorded||August 28, 1968|
|Writer(s)||Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette|
|Tammy Wynette singles chronology|
"Stand by Your Man" is a song co-written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and originally recorded by Tammy Wynette, released as a single in the United States in September 1968. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most covered 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 in late 1968, the song reached number one on the U.S. country charts in late 1968 for three weeks. "Stand by Your Man" also crossed over to the U.S. pop charts peaking at number nineteen, and elevated Wynette, then one of many somewhat successful female country recording artists, to superstar status. It reached number one in the UK when the record was finally released in Britain in 1975, subsequently also reaching number one in the Netherlands. An album of the same name, which was also quite successful, was released in 1968.
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".
Background and writing
"Stand by Your Man" was reportedly written in the Epic studios in 1968 in all of 15 minutes, from an idea that came from Wynette's producer, Billy Sherrill, one of the two writers who wrote the song, Wynette was the other writer. Tammy was not very fond of the song at first because it was nothing like she has ever written before, and there is a high note that was hard for her to sing. She said that over time, she has gotten to love the song and "couldn't do a show without it." Sherrill originally stated that before "Stand by Your Man"'s release, he thought that Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" would be Wynette's career hit. However, after witnessing how successful the song came to be in America during that time, Sherrill then stated that "Stand by Your Man" was definitely Wynette's career hit.
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 remained contentious into the early 1990s, when soon-to-be First Lady Hillary Clinton told CBS' 60 Minutes during an interview that she "wasn't some little woman 'standing by my man' like Tammy Wynette."
In popular culture
The song appeared at the beginning of the Academy-Award nominated 1970 film Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black, in The Blues Brothers (1980), where it was sung by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and it appeared at the end of the Academy-Award-winning 1992 film The Crying Game, sung by Lyle Lovett. The song resurfaced again in a string of other early 1990s films, including Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and GoldenEye (1995).
Stand by Your Man is the title song of the German comedy show Dittsche.
The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Country.
In 2003, "Stand by Your Man" was rated number one on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music. In 2004, "Stand by Your Man" was rated number sixteen on CMT's 100 Greatest Country Love Songs.
The song was spoofed on Sesame Street as "Stand By Your Can", performed by Hammy Swinette, a porcine parody of Wynette who, with the help of a Muppet trash can, urges people to put their trash in a trash can.
The song was also use during the episode "Hatless" of the first season of Justified.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||19|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||11|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||15|
|Australian Go-Set Chart||9|
|U.K. Singles Chart||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|Belgian VRT Top 30||1|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||31|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||56|
- In 1968, Patti Page covered the song and released it as an easy listening single, peaking at No. 20.
- In 1969, Loretta Lynn covered the song on her 1969 album "Woman of the World / To Make a Man".
- In 1971, Candi Staton covered the song in 1970, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard R&B chart.
- In 1980, The Blues Brothers performed the song in their movie The Blues Brothers.
- In 1981, Swedish pop and country singer Kikki Danielsson covered the song on her album Just Like a Woman. It remains one of her most famous country recordings.
- In 1981, David Allan Coe released a cover version as the sixth track on his Invictus (Means) Unconquered album.
- In 1982, Lemmy and Wendy O. Williams recorded a cover version for their EP of the same name.
- In 1992, The Chipettes covered the song for the album Chipmunks in Low Places featuring Tammy Wynette herself.
- In 1989, Lyle Lovett covered the song for the album Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.
- In 1992, Erasure covered the song during their Phantasmagorical Entertainment tour.
- In 1994, Lisa Brokop covered the song for the soundtrack to the film Harmony Cats. It was released as a single and peaked at number 88 on the RPM Country Tracks chart.
- In 1996, Heike Makatsch covered the song for the German movie Männerpension.
- In 1998, Elton John covered the song for the Tammy Wynette tribute album Remembered.
- In 1998, the Dixie Chicks covered the song for the album Tribute to Tradition, which featured several country singers covering famous country songs.
- In 2001, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes covered the song on their album Blow In The Wind.
Drake Jensen and Willam Belli version
|"Stand by Your Man"|
|Single by Drake Jensen and Willam Belli|
|from the album The Wreckoning|
|Released||November 10, 2012|
|Writer(s)||Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette|
|Willam Belli chronology|
"Stand by Your Man" was covered by Drake Jensen and drag queen Willam Belli. The song was produced by Jonathan Edwards, and was released as the seventh single from Willam Belli's debut album The Wreckoning.
Louis Virtel, writing for AfterElton.com, commented, "If there's one name I don't hear uttered often enough, it's Tammy Wynette. The legendary country star's tunes are timeless, and this proves it."
The music video for the song was directed by Michael Serrato, who had previously directed Willam's music video for "Chow Down." "Stand by Your Man" was filmed on location in West Hollywood and at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City, Los Angeles. It features line dancing and a scene where Willam deep-throats a Miller Lite bottle for a crowd of cowboys.
|1.||"Stand by Your Man"||3:40|
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"I Walk Alone"
by Marty Robbins
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
November 23, 1968 - December 7, 1968
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by Sonny James
"Where Love Used to Live"
by David Houston
|RPM Country Tracks
December 9, 1968
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|UK number-one single
May 17-May 31, 1975
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