Singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette were popular solo musicians before they married in 1969. When they wed, they began recording music together, collectively earning the nickname “The President and the First Lady of Country Music.”
Behind the veneer, the marriage was plagued with problems. Jones’ severe alcoholism had cost him his previous marriage to Shirley Corley. She once hid Jones’ car keys to prevent him from driving to the liquor store, only to see him get there on his lawn mower, according to his 1996 autobiography “I Lived To Tell It All.”
Jones’ alcoholism also cost him his marriage to Wynette, who divorced him in 1975. However, nobody could deny that the couple was a perfect fit when it came to making music, and they reunited in the studio in 1976 to record the “Golden Ring” album, which topped the Billboard country music charts upon its release. They recorded two more albums together before Wynette’s death in 1998.