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Sept. 2: Tammy Wynette, a Mississippi-born former hairdresser, was making a name for herself in country music in the mid- to late 1960s. “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” was her fifth solo record, and the third of six straight singles that topped the charts. Her second single reached the top 5; her third began a series of six straight solo No. 1’s, including this one. Says the Country Music Hall of Fame Web site: In the “classic “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” … Wynette continued to explore the complicated feelings of women and children faced with the breakup of a family, a theme important personally and musically throughout her career.”

It’s also the first song that I, at the tender age of 6, ever performed in front of a group of people – rendered a cappella, standing in the kitchen of my aunt/uncle/cousins’ house during a family-and-friends gathering. Poor little J-O-E … and poor them.

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