Country music legends Tammy Wynette and Marty Robbins are the subjects of the next DVDs to be released via Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Archive Series. The performances featured on Tammy Wynette: Legendary Performances and Marty Robbins: Legendary Performances capture these iconic artists in the prime of their careers, and until now have been in the care of the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum.
Tammy Wynette, otherwise known as “The First Lady of Country Music,” is one of the genre’s most celebrated and influential artists. Throughout the late 1960s and ’70s, Wynette reigned supreme on the country charts and celebrated 20 #1 hits. Born Virginia Wynette Pugh, Wynette’s career began in 1965 when she started performing live regionally, eventually making some appearances with Porter Wagoner. A single mother of three, she moved to Nashville and signed with Epic Records in 1966, changed her name, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Married five times, Wynette’s songs reflected her tumultuous love life, including her 1969 marriage to George Jones, with whom she recorded various duet songs and albums. Witness the rise of one of country music’s finest performers on Legendary Performances, with Wynette’s smash hit “Stand By Your Man,” seen here in a 1969 performance on The Wilburn Brothers Show; “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” from her 1968 performance on the CMA Awards; her 1967 performances of “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad” and “I Don’t Wanna Play House” from an episode of The Bill Anderson Show; and a 1976 Johnny Cash and Friends performance of “’Til I Can Make It On My Own.” The Wynette/Jones performances featured on Legendary Performances include “We Loved It Away,” from the TV series Pop! Goes The Country, and “Golden Ring” and “Near You” from the show Country Music Hit Parade.
This collection of rare performances includes footage captured on film and video between 1967 and 1980 that has since been archived by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Extras on the DVD include an interview with Tammy Wynette, footage of Wynette and George Richey’s wedding, as well as her Country Music Hall of Fame induction.
Marty Robbins: Legendary Performances is a collection of performances from one of the most eclectic country artists of all time. The Grand Ole Opry member, nicknamed “Mr. Teardrop,” combined country with pop, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, western ballads and more, and had nearly 100 charting singles, including 16 #1 country hits (12 of which he wrote himself) and seven Top 20 pop hits.
Sequenced chronologically, this DVD kicks off with a 1957 performance of “Knee Deep In The Blues.” The next three performances, including Robbins’ country and pop hit “Singing The Blues,” come from Country Style USA, a syndicated country music showcase filmed as a recruitment tool for the United States Army. The performance of the #1 country and pop hit “El Paso,” which won Robbins his first Grammy Award, is taken from his 1965 TV series The Drifter. In 1968 Robbins began hosting his own syndicated television series, from which the 1969 performance of “Begging To You” was taken.
Other performances on the DVD include “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife,” which was a #1 hit in 1970 and earned Robbins his second Grammy® Award; “A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation),” his classic high-school prom anthem from 1957; and a rhinestone-studded Robbins’ reading of “All Around Cowboy.” Robbins passed away from a heart attack in 1982 at the age of 57, in the midst of a successful career, and less than two months after being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Marty Robbins: Legendary Performances helps preserve his legacy as one of country music’s greatest vocalists and most versatile artists. Extras on the DVD consist of an interview with Marty Robbins from 1982, and Marty Robbins’ Country Music Hall of Fame induction.
A special partnership between Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum allows the label to create DVD collections culled from multiple broadcast and cable television shows archived in the Museum and representing many of country music’s all-time top artists. Shout! Factory is working closely with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to comb through the archives and clear the rights to key programs for retail and digital distribution. The first releases to come out of this special partnership were The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 and The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977, released in 2007.
Buy the DVDs:
- In North America: Tammy Wynette: Legendary Performances & Marty Robbins: Legendary Performances
- In Europe: Tammy Wynette: Legendary Performances and Marty Robbins: Legendary Performances
Author: World Music Central News Department
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