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When a husband and wife make the difficult decision to end their marriage, the dissolved union affects virtually everyone around them, especially the children trapped in the middle. Telling the heartbreaking impact divorce has on children, Tammy Wynette earned her first No.1 hit on country radio with the release of “I Don’t Wanna Play House.”
Performing live on The Bill Anderson Show in 1967, Wynette told the story of a young girl growing up in a broken home. In the country ballad, a young mother whom’s husband left her overhears her daughter telling the neighbor boy she doesn’t want to play house, because after watching her parentss marital problems, she doesn’t see how it can be fun.
Wynette – whom was married five times – no doubt related to the subject more than anyone else, her divorce from the legendary George Jones rocking the world of country music. Even though both went on to find love with someone else, the marriage between Wynette and Jones is widely considered one of the most iconic.
“I Don’t Wanna Play House” was written by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton, the tear-jerking country ballad going on to earn Wynette a Grammy Award for “Best Country Vocal Performance” in the year following its 1967 release.
You can watch her performance of “I Don’t Wanna Play House” below.
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