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George Richey, Wynette's husband, dies

Monday, August 16, 2010 – George Richey, a producer, writer and third husband of Tammy Wynette, died July 31 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it was disclosed today. Richey was buried in Nashville near the grave of Wynette.

Born George Richardson on Nov. 30 1935 in Promise Land, Ark. Richey co-wrote classic country songs that were recorded by artists including Wynette and George Jones. He aided in the creation of Wynette's 'Til I Can Make It On My Own and Jones' (A Picture of Me) Without You and The Grand Tour. He produced material for Wynette, Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton, Wanda Jackson and others.

He also was a session player, working on recordings by Ringo Starr, Marty Robbins and Lefty Frizzell.

Upon marrying Wynette in 1978, Richey put his career on hold. Throughout much of the 1980s, he was her manager. Wynette passed away in 1998.

In 2001, he married the former Sheila Slaughter. In recent years, Richey educated others about the dangers of smoking. He also worked with the Country Music Hall of Fame to develop the Tammy Wynette: First Lady of Country Music exhibit, set to open on Aug. 20.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Richey; by daughters Tatum and Deirdre and son, Kelly.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
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