Together Again (George Jones and Tammy Wynette album)

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Together Again
George Jones and Tammy Wynette Together Again Epic Records.jpg
Studio album by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Released 1980
Genre Country
Length 28:52
Label Epic
Producer Billy Sherrill
George Jones chronology
I Am What I Am
(1980)I Am What I Am1980
Together Again
Still the Same Ole Me
(1981)Still the Same Ole Me1981
Tammy Wynette chronology
Only Lonely Sometimes
(1980) Only Lonely Sometimes1980
Together Again
(1980) Together Again1980
You Brought Me Back
(1981) You Brought Me Back1981
George Jones & Tammy Wynette chronology
Golden Ring
(1976) Golden Ring1976
Together Again
(1980) Together Again1980
(1995) One1995

Together Again is the eighth studio album by country music artists George Jones and Tammy Wynette, released in 1980 on the Epic Records label. It was their first album since their 1976 hit album Golden Ring; their next album would not come until 1995 with One.


Jones and Wynette had divorced in 1975 but they had enjoyed their biggest chart success from that point on, with their 1976 LP Golden Ring hitting number one and spawning two chart topping singles, "Golden Ring" and "Near You". In 1977 they had another top five hit with "Southern California". Their periodic appearances together only fueled speculation among their fans that they might get back together romantically, although this cooled somewhat when Wynette married songwriter George Richey in 1978 and Jones spiraled into an abyss of alcohol and drugs, often disappearing for weeks on end. The couple could still be civil, however, with Wynette contributing to Jones 1979 duet album My Very Special Guests. After Jones's career was resuscitated by the massive success of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" in 1980, some kind of album seemed likely. In September, Together Again was released and produced the hit single "Two Story House", which peaked at number 2 on the charts. The song details how a poor married couple finally obtain all the riches they had dreamed of only to find that their love has died. The duo's harmonies were as shimmering as ever but the LP only reached number 26 on the Billboard country album charts. A second single, "A Pair of Old Sneakers", barely cracked the top twenty. One song, "Love in the Meantime", sounded more like a solo spot for Tammy than a duet, with George only singing harmony on the choruses. Producer Billy Sherrill gave an extremely contemporary edge (for the time) to several of the songs, especially the album's closing track "Night Spell". "We'll Talk About It Later" was written by Wynette, who also had a hand in writing "Two Story House".


While "Two Story House" was riding high on the charts, Jones and Wynette made a disastrous appearance on The Tonight Show to promote it. In his book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, Bob Allen recounts the episode: "George showed up with an ill-suited "uptown" hairdo that had been slapped on him at the last minute by an image consultant, and which made him look like something off the set of Night of the Living Dead...Before the two of them were even halfway through the song, George stopped suddenly, without warning, and confessed sheepishly to the vast live TV audience that he'd forgotten the words. The cameras panned briskly away. The programmers broke for a dog-food commercial, and the Possum was seen no more that night."

Jones himself hated having to work with Wynette so soon after their marriage had failed. "That wasn't my idea," Jones later insisted in his 1996 autobiography. "In fact, I hated to work with her. It brought back too many unpleasant memories, and when some fans saw us together, they got it in their heads that we were going to get back together romantically." It would be over a decade more before Jones was comfortable around Wynette again.

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine retrospectively concedes that Together Again "doesn't have the spark of some of their earlier duets" but both of the singers "sound terrific...Even when the material isn't up to their talents, the duo sounds recharged, which makes Together Again a thoroughly enjoyable, if inconsistent, listen."

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

1."A Pair of Old Sneakers"Glenn Sutton, Larry Kingston2:23
2."Right in the Wrong Direction"James Taylor, Robert John Jones3:23
3."I Just Started Livin' Today"James Taylor, Robert John Jones2:59
4."Love in the Meantime"James Taylor, Robert John Jones2:42
5."We Could"Freddie Hart, Felice Bryant2:41
6."Two Story House"Tammy Wynette, David H. Lindsay, Douglas Glenn Tubb2:40
7."If We Don't Make It"Paul Richey2:45
8."It's Not My Fault"Bobby Braddock3:12
9."We'll Talk About It Later"Tammy Wynette2:25
10."Night Spell"Dobie Gray, Troy Seals, Eddie Setser3:42

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 26


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1980 "Two Story House" 2 1
"A Pair of Old Sneakers" 19 59

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