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EDITORS’ NOTES

Tammy Wynette could deliver absolutely crushing lyrics with the most matter-of-fact phrasing—an effect that somehow only added to her songs' heartbreak even more. She learned this style from country forebears like Patsy Cline, whose "Why Can't He Be You" buries its untold despair beneath quiet, almost terse lyrics. Wynette's sound, however, is more honky-tonk, channeling the kind of twangy guitars heard on George Jones' "Mr. Fool."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tammy Wynette could deliver absolutely crushing lyrics with the most matter-of-fact phrasing—an effect that somehow only added to her songs' heartbreak even more. She learned this style from country forebears like Patsy Cline, whose "Why Can't He Be You" buries its untold despair beneath quiet, almost terse lyrics. Wynette's sound, however, is more honky-tonk, channeling the kind of twangy guitars heard on George Jones' "Mr. Fool."

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