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Stand by Your Man

1968 Tammy Wynette song
For other uses, see Stand by Your Man (disambiguation).
"Stand by Your Man"
Single by Tammy Wynette
from the album Stand by Your Man
B-side"I Stayed Long Enough"
ReleasedSeptember 1968 (U.S.)
1975 (U.K.)
RecordedAugust 28, 1968
LabelEpic 10398
Songwriter(s)Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette
Producer(s)Billy Sherrill
Tammy Wynette singles chronology
"Stand by Your Man"
"Singing My Song"
Music video
"Stand by Your Man" (audio) on YouTube

"Stand by Your Man" is a song recorded by American country music artist Tammy Wynette, co-written by Wynette with Billy Sherrill. It was released on September 20, 1968 as the first single and title track from the album Stand by Your Man. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career, and is one of the most familiar songs in the history of country music. The song was placed at number one on CMT's list of the Top 100 Country Music Songs.

Released as a single, it stayed number one on the U.S. country charts for three weeks. "Stand by Your Man" crossed over to the U.S. pop charts, peaking at number nineteen. It elevated Wynette—then one of many somewhat successful female country recording artists—to superstar status. It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart when the record was released in the United Kingdom in 1975, and also reached number one in the Netherlands. An album of the same name—which was also quite successful—was released in 1968. The song earned Wynette the 1970 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - her second Grammy win in that category - and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Vocal accompaniment is provided by The Jordanaires, who provided background vocals on most of Wynette's hit recordings.

The song was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Background and writing

"Stand by Your Man" was reportedly written in 1968 at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville in all of 15 minutes. The song came from an idea that originated with Wynette's producer, Billy Sherrill, who along with Wynette is one of the two writers credited. Tammy was not very fond of the song at first because it was unlike anything she had ever written before, and because there is a high note that was hard for her to sing. She said that, over time, she got to love the song, and came to the point where she "couldn't do a show without it." Sherrill originally stated that, before "Stand by Your Man"'s release, he thought that Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" would be Wynette's signature song. However, after witnessing how successful the song came to be in America during that time, Sherrill then agreed that "Stand by Your Man" was definitely Wynette's career-defining hit.


Derided by the feminist movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wynette in later years defended the song as not a call for women to place themselves second to men, but rather a suggestion that women attempt to overlook their husbands' shortcomings and faults if they truly love them (and in fact, the last line in the final verse says "after all, he's just a man"). Wynette always defended her signature song. The song remained contentious into the early 1990s, when soon-to-be First Lady Hillary Clinton told CBS' 60 Minutes during the "Gennifer Flowers interview" that she "wasn't some little woman 'standing by my man' like Tammy Wynette." The condemnation from the public was immediate, even coming from Wynette herself.

The song appeared at the beginning of the Academy-Award nominated 1970 film Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black. It also appeared in The Blues Brothers (1980) (in which it was sung by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi), 1987 film The Fourth Protocol, starring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan, and at the end of the Academy-Award-winning 1992 film The Crying Game (in which it was sung by Lyle Lovett). The song resurfaced again in a string of other early 1990s films, including My Cousin Vinny (1992), Poetic Justice (1993), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), and GoldenEye (1995).

A 1976 answer song by Ronnie Milsap "(I'm A) Stand by My Woman Man" also topped the country music charts.

The song is referenced in songs by British punk rock groups The Slits ("Typical Girls") and The Clash ("Train in Vain").

"Stand by Your Man" is the title song of the German comedy show Dittsche.

The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Country.

The song was referenced by Former First Lady of the United States of America Hillary Rodham Clinton during a 1992 TV interview on the CBS American news magazine show 60 Minutes.

In 2003, "Stand by Your Man" was rated number one on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music. In 2004, "Stand by Your Man" was rated number sixteen on CMT's 100 Greatest Country Love Songs.

In 1968, Italian singer Palma Calderoni recorded this song with Italian text, written by Mogol and Claudio Daiano (title is Io voglio te).

The song was spoofed on Sesame Street as "Stand By Your Can". It was performed by Hammy Swinette, a porcine parody of Wynette, who—with the help of a Muppet trash can—urges people to put their trash in a trash can.

The song was also used during the episode "Hatless" of the first season of Justified.

The song also appears in an episode of the popular 2008 show Gossip Girl, where an embarrassing video of Blair Waldorf singing "Stand By Your Man" is played at her 20th birthday party.

In 2016, the song appeared in the fourth-season premiere of Masters of Sex where a drunk Virginia Johnson (played by Lizzy Caplan) is shown singing along in a hotel bar.

"Stand by Your Man" was one of the songs used in the 2018 South Korean television series Something in the Rain starring Son Ye-jin and Jung Hae-in, using the version covered by Italian-French singer and former French First Lady Carla Bruni.

On 2018's CMT Artist Of The Year Carrie Underwood with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June performed this song with another women hits country song.

"Stand by The JAMs" featuring Tammy Wynette

Main article: Justified & Ancient

In November 1991, nearly 23 years after the original song, the single "Justified & Ancient (Stand by The JAMs)" was released, with Tammy introduced in the sleevenotes as "the first lady of country". The KLF's Bill Drummond flew to Nashville to personally produce the recording of Wynette's vocals.

In April 1992, Wynette collapsed while on tour in Australia; for this she cited overwork during the promotion of "Justified & Ancient".

The single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number 11 in the US Billboard Hot 100, returning Wynette to the top-40 on that chart for the first time since 1969.

It appears in Stephen King's 2020 If It Bleeds novel in a short story called "Mr Harrigan's Phone" as Mr Harrigan's ringtone.

Chart performance

Weekly singles charts

Chart (1968–69)Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)1
US Billboard Hot 10019
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1
Canadian RPM Top Singles15
Australian Go-Set9
Chart (1975)Peak
UK Singles Chart1
Irish Singles1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)1
Belgian VRT Top 301
New Zealand Singles31
Chart (1998)Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks56

Year-end charts

Chart (1975)Position


United KingdomBPIGold

Heike Makatsch version

"Stand by Your Man"
Single by Heike Makatsch
ReleasedMarch 10, 1996
GenreCountry, pop
LabelMetronome Records
Songwriter(s)Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette
Producer(s)Detlef Petersen
Heike Makatsch singles chronology
"Stand by Your Man"
"This Girl Was Made For Loving"

In 1996, Heike Makatsch took her version of the song Stand by Your Man, which was used as the soundtrack of the movie Männerpension. In the German-speaking countries, the cover was a great success. In the genre of music, the cover remained true to the original, but more pop.

Track listings


  1. Stand By Your Man - 2:53
  2. Cat Calls - Detlef Petersen - 3:37
  3. Stand By Your Man (Part II mit dem Gefangenenchor) - 3:37


Chart (1996)Peak
German Singles Chart11
Austrian Singles Chart30
Swiss Singles Chart29

Hebrew translation

A Hebrew version of the song was written by famed Israeli lyricist Ehud Manor for the 1982 Israeli television show "Red River Valley", which was dedicated to Manor's translations of famous country songs. The Hebrew version, titled "Rak Letzido" (lit. "Only by His Side"), was performed by Riki Gal.

Other cover versions

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Date of last edit: 2021-04-30T22:48:19.000Z