Tammy Wynette Recorded ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’ 49 Years Ago This Week

Forty-nine years ago this week, Tammy Wynette entered Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studios to record “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” a song that writer Bobby Braddock had originally envisioned quite differently.

“I had a song called ‘I L-O-V-E-Y-O-U (Do I Have to Spell It Out for You)’ and hit kind of a snag,” Braddock told Rolling Stone Country in 2015. … “Months went by and nobody recorded it. I asked Curly Putman why nobody was recording the song. He said the melody for the title line was too happy.”

With Braddock’s lyrics and Wynette’s “lonesome, sad voice” leading the way to a revised melody, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” was final, earning Braddock his first Number One as a songwriter and Wynette her third consecutive Number One as a solo act.

Read more at Rolling Stone Country.