When this reader reviewed "Tammy Wynette: A Daughter Recalls Her Mother's Tragic Life and Death" by Jackie Daly, he wrote: "When the ultimate Tammy story does appear, this reviewer will stand in line to buy it". "Tragic Country Queen" is that ultimate Tammy story. This is all the prospective purchaser needs to know. It's all here: The 5 marriages, Tammy's 57 Billboard hits, the shocking medical issues and her clandestine death in 1998 at the age of 55. Author McDonough has done his homework: There are 45 pages of endnotes, and a comprehensive discography, all supplemented by a documented long trail of personal interviews.
Author McDonough delivers some heavy body blows to the industry: By 1977, "Music City was beginning its great ascendancy into a 2nd rate factory for 3rd rate soft rock". By 1995. "Music City's conversion to a soft rock assembly line was now complete". Those who agree with those sentiments will be right at home with TCQ. They mirrored the feelings of this reviewer, who is unable to be as eloquent. Some of the following reviews are a bit harsh. It could be those folks don't understand the rueful changes that took place in Nashville since Tammy first hit the charts in 1967.
The only caveat attached here is that author McDonough is preaching to the choir. Serious, veteran devotees of True Country (that is pre-1975-1980) are most likely to enjoy TCQ. Others may be disappointed. We members of the choir will keep that 5th star.
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Group USA (22 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143118889
- ISBN-13: 978-0143118886
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.6 x 21.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)